Lasher helps Geraldton win first title since 2000 Down Under
Anchorage’s Colter Lasher made several key buckets throughout the game as the Geraldton Buccaneers held off the Joondalup Wolves 92-80 in the grand final of the State Basketball League of Western Australia.
Lasher scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, with 15 coming in the first half and another eight in the fourth quarter, including a half dozen inside the final five minutes.
Geraldton finished the season 24-9 and claimed its first league title since 2000.
Lasher, of Dimond High fame, added six rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer in the final as he continued his torrid play in the postseason.
The Geraldton Buccaneers won five of seven playoff games to avenge last year’s playoff collapse when Lasher and Co. got swept in the first round as the No. 1 seed.
Lasher made sure that didn’t happen again as he scored 20 or more points in six of seven playoff games, including a season-high 28 in the semifinal round.
The 6-foot-7 Alaskan dunked on the first play of the game on his way to scoring 10 points in the first quarter as the Buccs led 26-25.
He helped the team pull away in the second quarter as his alley-opp conversion made it 39-29 with 3:39 to play before halftime. His 3-pointer gave the Buccs a 42-35 cushion at the two-minute warning.
In the fourth quarter, he hit a floater to make it 80-71 with 4:59 to play. His layup with 1:10 left pushed Geraldton’s lead to 89-76. He also sank a couple free throws in the final minute.
In seven playoff games, Lasher averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
The former Houston Baptist University star has now surpassed the 1,000-point plateau at the college and professional level.