The Ballarat Miners were keen to go out with a bang in their last fixture of the year against the Canberra Gunners, despite falling short of a finals berth.
The hosts looked composed offensively as James Hunter impressed the crowd with his athleticism en route to a huge 36 points.The Miners had all the answers for Canberra early, establishing a 15-point buffer.
However with their ladder position still undecided, the Gunners hit the floor in the second with intent. The visitors began to throw their weight around while looking dangerous from three-point range to trim the lead to three at the half.
While Canberra was able to take their advantage to 10 points midway through the third term, the likes of Ash Constable and Earnest Ross kept Ballarat in touch.
Looking to finish on a high, the Miners took control in the final term. The gunners had no answer for Hunter in the paint as the hosts steadily built on their lead. Youngster Tristan Fisher was able to put the nail in the Gunners’ coffin, shooting a deep two-pointer after just 20 seconds on court.
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