Wolves can’t Bucc the trend of Ger­ald­ton wins

Joondalup Times - - WAFL -

THERE was plenty of in­trigue head­ing into the SBL clash be­tween Joon­dalup and the Buc­ca­neers in Ger­ald­ton, with the Wolves yet to be de­feated and the hosts hav­ing not lost since their open­ing game.

Add in the fact the two teams bat­tled in the semi-fi­nals last year and a ter­rific con­test was al­ways on the cards.

It cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point on Satur­day night, with the Buccs hold­ing on for a 10096 win to in­flict the vis­i­tors’ first loss of the sea­son on their way to a fifth straight vic­tory.

The loss was not enough to dis­lodge Joon­dalup from top spot, how­ever.

Jalen Billups top-scored for the Wolf­pack with 27 points and five re­bounds, with Brian Sul­li­van con­tribut­ing 17 points and three as­sists.

Damian Mat­acz added 12 points and five re­bounds for the Wolves and Jor­dan Well­steed scored 10 points.

Ger­ald­ton point guard Gokul Nate­san fin­ished with 36 points and six as­sists on shoot­ing 7-15 from the field, 38 from deep and a re­mark­able 19-20 from the foul line as he con­tin­ued to take the ball to the rim. Joon­dalup faces 11th­placed Cock­burn at HBF Arena on Fri­day night.

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