BALLARAT Miners paid the price for a slow start to lose to Bendigo by 25 points in the SEABL men’s east conference at the Minerdome on Friday night.
The Braves swept away the GMHBA Miners all too easily in the first half – leading by 23 points at half-time to set up a final scoreline of 93-68.
Ballarat was all out of sorts, looking disjointed, scratchy and taking too many low percentage shots.
Head coach Eric Hayes will have been much happier with the second half, but it was too little too late.
The Miners did make a couple of surges – getting back within 14 points in the third period and 12 in the last – but each time they looked a chance of getting back in contention the Braves responded.
New import Ollie Bailey battled hard as he ran himself into the ground with 25 points and 10 rebounds to receive the MVP award.
Another newcomer Earnest Ross also showed some promise with three three-pointers in 14 points.