‘Ralphy’ to hit milestone with Buccs
Loyal S&K Electrical Geraldton Buccaneers basketballer Aaron Ralph will suit up for his 300th game tomorrow against the Willeton Tigers at Activewest Stadium.
Born and bred in Geraldton, “Ralphy” debuted in 2006 and is known for his long-range shooting.
As a junior, he played many sports, but fell in love with basketball at an early age and grew up supporting the Buccaneers.
“I think I had a basketball in my hands as soon as I could walk,” he said.
“I always played lots of sports like kids in Geraldton do, but I fell in love with basketball about the age of 15, quit everything else and just kept playing.”
Although the milestone is special to him, Ralph said he was more focused on helping his teammates continue their good run heading into the playoffs.
“Not much has changed in terms of (positive) culture at the club since I started,” he said.
“All of the boys are really good mates on and off the court.
“On the weekends, we always find time to catch up.”
Ralph said he had seen the quality of players across the SBL increase, along with the technology available for coaches to dissect game film with the roster.
“When I started 10 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of video footage done but now, once a week, we get to watch the footage that the coaches want us to improve on.”
Ahead of tomorrow’s clash, Ralph said the Buccaneers were acutely aware of depth throughout the Tigers’ roster. “They’re a tough team,” he said. “They have four good scorers and run five or six players deep. We’re up for the challenge.”
Buccaneers coach Aaron Trahair said Ralph and captain Mat Wundenberg had become the real “glue” of the squad.
“The majority of their scoring comes from their three guards and they are a very talented team,” he said. “They aren’t sitting in third spot for no reason. They got one over us earlier in the season, but I like to think we are a lot better prepared this time.”
Tip off is 7.30pm.