Giants out to ‘make mem­o­ries’

BAS­KET­BALL

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The Gold­fields Giants are in the State Bas­ket­ball League top eight for the first time in 2015 af­ter a mem­o­rable 105-91 win over fierce ri­vals Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers on Satur­day night.

Af­ter Lakeside Light­ning lost on Fri­day night, the Giants were able to move one game clear in eighth spot by play­ing front-run­ning bas­ket­ball against the Buccs.

The team did not trail af­ter the eight-minute mark of the first term with the lead blow­ing out to 20 points mid­way through the third, as cap­tain Jay Bowie led an on­slaught of three point­ers.

How­ever, the Buccs cut the lead to just eight points with less than three min­utes re­main­ing, but the Mid West side left their run too late, be­ing forced to foul as the Giants closed out the game from the line.

Giants coach Michael Haney said the team’s up-and-down sea­son had pre­pared them to face, and suc­ceed, in any sit­u­a­tion that was thrown at them.

“I said ear­lier in the week we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of dif­fer­ent game sit­u­a­tions. Stir­ling last week­end was where we had to come from be­hind,” he said.

“Against Cock­burn was where we had to hold on and tonight’s game was one of those games, we had to dig deep and calm their storms.

“I think we’ve reached the next step, where we keep grow­ing and grow­ing, and now we’ve beaten the sec­ond place team, and the way we did it was very con­vinc­ing.

“The SBL is on alert but the boys are ex­pect­ing to win now, and

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Mike Ex­ell is a mem­ber of the 2015 Gold­fields Giants. Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Giants im­port Ja­cob Hol­men skies for a re­bound in front of Ger­ald­ton’s Ben­nie Lewis.

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