Horton, Booker prove valuable for the Ballarat Miners

KEN Horton and Roy Booker are flying for the Ballarat Miners in the South East Australian Basketball League.

FILE PIC: Ken Horton playing for the Ballarat Miners.

FILE PIC: Ken Horton playing for the Ballarat Miners.

The first-season imports are doing everything asked of them in an attempt to lift the GMHBA Miners in the men’s east conference.

Booker is the joint leading points scorer in the competition, averaging 26.2, as is Dandenong’s Daequon Montreal.

Horton is sixth at 23.3.

Horton is second in rebounds at 11.6 and Booker sixth in assist at 4.8.

The figures speak for themselves.

Unfortunately, the Miners have not been able to fully capitalise on these great returns, with just two wins in six games for fourth position in the conference.

They had a badly needed win against Albury-Wodonga on Saturday, which was a crucial save at this stage of the season.

Head coach David Flint desperately needs his charges to kick on, but this is not going to be easy in Tasmania  against Hobart Chargers on Friday night and North West Tasmania Thunder on Sunday.

It does not matter how well the Tasmanian combinations are travelling, they are always difficult to overcome.

Hobart faces Ballarat on a three-game winning streak, which has given it five wins all up and put it in third position behind Mt Gambier and NW Tassie in the south conference.

The Miners will quickly know they are in a game.

Deba George is coming off a SEABL men’s player of the week award performance, in which he scored 40 points and had six rebounds against Sandringham.

He is averaging 26 points and, like Horton and Booker for the Miners, is forming a formidable combination with Hobart big man Jerrah Young, who is averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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