THE BALLARAT Miners big pre-season win over Big V reigning champions Melton Thoroughbreds on Wednesday night has been overshadowed by the stellar performance of new recruit Ken Horton.
The Miners may have run out 101-69 winners at the Ballarat Grammar stadium, but it was Horton’s 28-point game that stole the show.
Included in Horton’s total were five three pointers and two dunks in an impressive offensive display.
Ash Constable and Chris Smith were the Miners’ early scorers, helping Ballarat to a 31-14 quarter time lead.
American import Anthony Kimble led Melton’s scoring with four points.
Horton exploded for 11 points in the second quarter, but Kimble (nine points) kept Melton in the game, but still down 51-37 at half-time.
Smith and Horton combined to score 16 of the Miners’ 28 points in the third quarter and Ballarat could not be stopped on their way to a 32-point victory.
Smith finished the match with 18 points of his own.
The Miners’ newest addition, Roy Booker, played minimal minutes while recovering from jetlag after just one day in Australia.
The Miners head to Bendigo this Saturday to take on the Braves in another pre-season game.
Ballarat’s first home game is against Nunawading on Saturday April 5.