Cockburn Cougars hoping to be too Goode in hunt for title


Marcus Goode is having a stellar year in the SBL after overcoming injuries.
Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d456357
Marcus Goode is having a stellar year in the SBL after overcoming injuries. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d456357

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, eleven- inch 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.”