Booker named SEABL player of the week

Roy Booker. File picture

Roy Booker. File picture

SHOWMAN Roy Booker’s show-stopping efforts in Tasmania have been recognised with South East Australian Basketball League player of week honours.

This is the second time the GMHBA Ballarat Miners’ sharp shooter has won the league prize – just seven rounds into the competition.

Booker led the Miners to two, heroic comeback victories at the weekend starting with Hobart on Friday night and North-West Tasmania in Ulverstone on Saturday.

He averaged 30 points and 6.5 assists in the road trip double but his big shooting when the margin tightened had rival crowds roaring both nights.

The Miners trailed Hobart by 15 points leading into the fourth quarter against Hobart but secured a three-point win on the back of Booker’s 14-point term that featured 12 points made in the final three minutes’ play.

Then repeated.

The Miners trailed by 18 points with five minutes and 26 seconds left in the final term against Thunder and nabbed a one-point win with Booker serving up 12 points in the final term, including the game-winning three-point buzzer beater.

Booker has fast made a big impression on Miners fans.

The American has averaged 21.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists in eight matches, including a season-high 41 against Albury-Wodonga in overtime at home on May 3.

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