Miners need a Booker show

SHOWMAN Roy Booker will bring his game before Ballarat Miners fans for the first time tonight.

Booker shot 28 points, including eight three-pointers and 59 per cent accuracy from the field, in last week’s 26-point win against Brisbane.

His form earned South East Australian Basketball League player of the week honours – and big expectations from Miners fans in the team’s first official outing at the MARS Minerdome this season.

The GMHBA Miners will seek to build on the positive energy and full-team contribution against the formidable-looking Nunawading Spectres.

They must contain guard Shane McDonald, the 2013 SEABL joint most valuable player, who averaged 23 points and 6.5 assists last week.

Just as dangerous, will be Spectres’ centre Simon Conn, who averaged 20.5 points and 15 rebounds in the Tasmania double.

American Ken Horton and Miners captain Anthony Fisher are touted to play leading roles with Booker. 

Fisher chalked up 20 points last week, while Horton will seek to carry strong form from his 23 points and 10 rebounds against Brisbane.

Early form suggests the Spectres lack depth about their experienced players and could be troubled if the Miners can continue their exciting chemistry and dominant form.


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