Miner Ken Horton named SEABL player of the week

KEN HORTON tore apart rivals on the boards and buried them with big scoring.

Miner Ken Horton in action against Mount Gambier on Saturday night. Photo: Adam Trafford

Miner Ken Horton in action against Mount Gambier on Saturday night. Photo: Adam Trafford

The Ballarat Miners' efforts in two pivotal upset wins definitely caught attention, earning him South East Australian Basketball League player of the week honours.

He follows teammate Roy Booker, who won his second player of the week status last round, confirming the formidable form of the GMHBA Miners' duo.

Horton made a SEABL career-high 19 rebounds in a 17-point win against the undefeated Mount Gambier at the MARS Minerdome on Saturday night, also chalking up 12 points in a trademark double-double.

In the same game, Booker went on a scoring rampage to notch up 40 points and delivered 11 assists.

Horton continued to play a big role for the Miners in a 10-point win on the road against reigning premier Dandenong.

This time, Horton became the key scoring avenue with 34 points, missing just two shots, and near-unstoppable with eight from nine converted beyond the arc.

Horton's scoring spree reached 18 points, without a miss, to lead the Miners to a 21-point lead by half-time.

The first-year Miners' import has been averaging 22 points, 12 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and one block per game this season, shooting at 46 per cent accuracy from the three-point line and 55 per cent overall.

Booker and Horton are both in the league's top-10 scorers and Horton is ranked second for rebounds.

Each has quickly become fan favourites about the Minerdome but important plays from the whole team - starters to the bench - have been pivotal to the Miners' stellar form.

The Miners are on a five-game winning streak, undefeated in a hugely demanding month, with a double-header in Canberra ahead next week and road trip to Albury-Wodonga a week later.

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