NEW Miner Nathan Sobey continues to reinforce why he was a handy pick-up for the roster.
Sobey served up his best game yet – 21 points, including three from six beyond the arc and 57 per cent field goal conversion – in what was his fifth South East Australian Basketball League appearance.
Ballarat Miners pulled off a remarkable seventh win from eight games in May with a 16-point victory in Albury-Wodonga on Saturday night.
GMHBA Miners coach David Flint says Sobey has been a great fit for the team in that time, arriving mid-month from college basketball in the United States, and was pleased the new recruit was playing so well.
Sobey has averaged 13 points a game leading into the mid-season break.
What was more telling was that the whole starting five combined for 100 points against the Bandits.
Roy Booker (27 points, four three-pointers) and Ken Horton (22 points, four three-pointers) have been the headline acts this season but it was again a full team effort to pull off the win.
Miners captain Liam Gibcus and point-guard Anthony Fisher scored 15 points apiece and have stepped up their impact over the past month.
Together with Sobey, they combined for more than 50 points last week.
The Miners started May with one win from five games.
They will return to the floor in June as serious threats in home games against south conference heavyweight Sandringham and east conference powerhouse Geelong.
There was little rest at the weekend for Flint, who drove from Albury-Wodonga to Sandringham’s home game on Sunday to scout for what will be a huge game for his team.
Flint said his players were extremely tired – six of their past seven games have been on the road – but in a much better place for the challenge.
“We’re in a great frame of mind right now,” Flint said.
“It’s great that we’ve got the bye after a long month but players will have one night off training this week as we start to get ready.”