The GMHBA Ballarat Miners will face a tough test in their first home game of the 2014 SEABL season as they host the Nunawading Spectres this Saturday evening.
The Miners have the momentum coming into this weekend’s contest, as they were able to secure their first win of the season in Brisbane last weekend, 96-70. With valuable contribution from across the board, the Miners have a lot of positive energy to build on in preparation for the Spectres.
Roy Booker won SEABL Player of the Week honours this week for his play in Brisbane, where he scored 28 points, shooting 59% from the field, and handed out five assists. Booker will need to carry out a similar performance for the Miners to have a shot at success against the Spectres.
Anthony Fisher and Ken Horton are also expected to play big roles in this weekend’s match, as their respective scoring of 20 and 23 points (Horton also with 10 rebounds) was instrumental in the win last weekend at Brisbane.
The real test for the Miners will come in containing guard and co-MVP for the 2013 SEABL season, Shane McDonald, and centre Simon Conn, who have been in strong form since the start of this season. McDonald had an outstanding round 2 in Tasmania, averaging 23 points and 6.5 assists for the weekend. Similarly, Simon Conn, who averaged 20.5 points and 15 rebounds in Tasmania, will also have to be a point of focus for the Miners if they want to be able to lock in the win against the Spectres.
It is sure to be an exciting contest; while the Spectres are seemingly the more experienced team, they are lacking in depth. By the same token, the Miners are the less-experienced team, but with an undeniable chemistry that could see them going a long way this season.
Tip-off for the men’s game begins at 8pm at the MARS® MINERDOME, following the Rush game, which starts at 6pm.