Miners fail to capitalise on third-quarter lead

A GALLANT Ballarat Miners suffered a six-point loss to the Frankston Blues in round five of the South East Australian Basketball League on Saturday night.

The Miners weren't able to capitalise on a six point three-quarter-time lead and ran out 95-89 losers in front of a bumper home crowd at the Minerdome.

Ken Horton's best efforts couldn't get the Miners over the line on Saturday night. Photo: Kate Healy

Ken Horton's best efforts couldn't get the Miners over the line on Saturday night. Photo: Kate Healy

Roy Booker (Ballarat) fights for the ball against Frankston's Matthew Turner and Chuck Long. Photo: Kate Healy

Roy Booker (Ballarat) fights for the ball against Frankston's Matthew Turner and Chuck Long. Photo: Kate Healy

The match went right down to the wire, with Frankston leveling the scores with six minutes remaining and maintaining a two-shot buffer for much of the final term.

Blues power forward Brandon Polk proved to be the difference between the two sides, notching up six rebounds and 34 points - several of which were scored in the final minutes.

Liam Gibcus (Ballarat) shows his strength. Photo: Kate Healy

Liam Gibcus (Ballarat) shows his strength. Photo: Kate Healy

Ken Horton, Roy Booker and Anthony Fisher worked in tandem to put the Blues on the back foot midway through the match but couldn't maintain the intensity in the dying stages.

Horton tallied 34 points and 14 rebounds (eight defensive) to be Ballarat's dominant player.

Fisher (14 points, nine rebounds) was effective at both ends of the court while Booker (20 points) was strong early but faded after hitting the floorboards heavily in the second term.

Liam Gibcus (Ballarat) shoots over the top of Brandon Polk (Frankston). Photo: Kate Healy

Liam Gibcus (Ballarat) shoots over the top of Brandon Polk (Frankston). Photo: Kate Healy

Ken Horton (Ballarat) was head and shoulders above Ryan Tindal (Frankston) on Saturday night. Photo: Kate Healy

Ken Horton (Ballarat) was head and shoulders above Ryan Tindal (Frankston) on Saturday night. Photo: Kate Healy

Roy Booker (Ballarat) and Michael McInnes (Frankston) in the thick of the action. Photo: Kate Healy

Roy Booker (Ballarat) and Michael McInnes (Frankston) in the thick of the action. Photo: Kate Healy

Sean Massey (Ballarat) was solid all night. Photo: Kate Healy

Sean Massey (Ballarat) was solid all night. Photo: Kate Healy

Liam Gibcus (Ballarat captain) weighs up his options. Photo: Kate Healy

Liam Gibcus (Ballarat captain) weighs up his options. Photo: Kate Healy

David Flint (Ballarat coach) issues some instructions. Photo: Kate Healy

David Flint (Ballarat coach) issues some instructions. Photo: Kate Healy

Roy Booker (Ballarat) and Jake Macaulay (Frankston) go at it. Photo: Kate Healy

Roy Booker (Ballarat) and Jake Macaulay (Frankston) go at it. Photo: Kate Healy

Mitch Chapman (Frankston) attempts to block Roy Booker's (Ballarat) move. Photo: Kate Healy

Mitch Chapman (Frankston) attempts to block Roy Booker's (Ballarat) move. Photo: Kate Healy

Anthony Fisher (Ballarat) assesses the situation in front of Mitch Chapman (Frankston).  Photo: Kate Healy

Anthony Fisher (Ballarat) assesses the situation in front of Mitch Chapman (Frankston). Photo: Kate Healy

Brandon Polk (Frankston) and Roy Booker (Ballarat). Photo: Kate Healy

Brandon Polk (Frankston) and Roy Booker (Ballarat). Photo: Kate Healy

Michael McInnes (Frankston) protects the zone from Roy Booker (Ballarat). Photo: Kate Healy

Michael McInnes (Frankston) protects the zone from Roy Booker (Ballarat). Photo: Kate Healy

Chuck Long (Frankston) and Ken Horton (Ballarat) go head to head. Photo: Kate Healy

Chuck Long (Frankston) and Ken Horton (Ballarat) go head to head. Photo: Kate Healy