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Geraldton Buccaneers turn to new courts over weather concerns but seal win over Warwick

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Bob Griechen against the Senators.
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Weather concerns gave the Geraldton Buccaneers a chance to try out the new courts at Activewest Stadium which they broke in with a 106-77 win over Warwick.

The wild weather that swept Geraldton on the weekend caused for the game to be pushed up with a tip off time at 4pm.

The conditions changed even further as the main courts were deemed not suitable to be played, which had the game shifted to the new courts in the venue.

Chairs were set up around Court 5 in Activewest stadium, for fans to still be able to watch without the grandstands.

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Despite all the changing circumstances, and the Buccs without head coach Dayle Joseph on the sideline, the side still managed to rally for another win.

Warwick had the jump early, but a three from import Josh Braun halfway through the first put Geraldton in the lead.

From there the Buccaneers didn’t let go as they held on to their advantage for the rest of the match, outpacing the Senators in every quarter.

The Senators close the difference to five points early in the second, but newest recruit Junior Garbrah was sent to the line and knocked down both threes, bring it back up for seven points.

Follow up scores from Josh Keyes and Aaron Ralph saw Geraldton go into half time up 53-41.

In the third is where the Buccs ran away with the game, outscoring Warwick 33-23 as they went on to claim the 29-point win, improving their record to 13-1 on the season.

A 30-point game from the second league leading scorer in Michael Harris wasn’t enough for Warwick as they had just one other player score double digit points.

While the Buccaneers enjoyed scoring from across the board, with Nik DeSantis dropping 25-points and Keyes having 23 with 10 rebounds.

Liam Hunt and Bob Griechen each scored double digit points in the win with 12 and 11-points respectively.

In his first game taking the reins as coach with Dayle Joseph missing for the week, Carter Cook led the Buccs to their highest score for the season with 106 points.

Now the Buccaneers will face their fifth double-header this season, but the side has had no trouble with Geraldton winning all eight of their back-to-back games so far.

Their road trip to Perth begins with a match against Rockingham on Saturday before they face Perry Lakes on Sunday, where captain Ralph will be set to play in his 450th career game.

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