Goode aims for great­ness

He is a key fac­tor in Cock­burn’s great run in the State Bas­ket­ball League, but Mar­cus Goode says the hard work must con­tinue if the Cougars are to claim the cham­pi­onship.

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COCK­BURN looks the team to beat for this year’s State Bas­ket­ball League cham­pi­onship, but im­port Mar­cus Goode says there is plenty of work to do.

The Cougars are cur­rently on top of the ta­ble with four rounds to go and look primed for a se­ri­ous as­sault on this year’s ti­tle.

Goode, a six foot, eleveninch tall cen­tre ended up at Wally Ha­gan Sta­dium af­ter sign­ing from the Seat­tle Moun­taineers in the ABA.

He was sin­gle-minded about mov­ing from home.

“The goal is to get a cham­pi­onship with Cock­burn but talk­ing about it won’t get it done,” he said.

“We have to go out and put in the work.”

The 28-year-old has av­er­aged 22 points and 15 re­bounds in sea­son 2016.

June proved par­tic­u­larly fruit­ful, with the South Carolina na­tive av­er­ag­ing 27 points, 18 boards and earn­ing him­self suc­ces­sive player of the week awards.

An in­creased out­put co­in­cided with him fi­nally over­com­ing an­kle and knee in­juries and ad­just­ing to how the game is ref­er­eed in Perth, a com­mon strug­gle faced by new im­ports.

One thing he has not strug­gled with is fit­ting in with the squad, with coach Matt Par­son allowing Goode to thrive.

Help­ing also is the fact house­mate and Cougars team­mate Na­jee Lane is some­one he played against in the US sys­tem.

“Com­ing out here I knew I could play and could help the team,” he said.

“We’re play­ing great bas­ket­ball at the mo­ment re­ally un­selfish bas­ket­ball and we’ve got a good bunch of guys; we all like each other a lot.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456357

Cock­burn Cougars player Mar­cus Goode.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456357

Mar­cus Goode is hav­ing a stel­lar year in the SBL af­ter over­com­ing in­juries.

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