Ballarat Miners unable to peg back three-quarter time deficit

Ballarat Miners pressed late but were unable to reel in Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in its South East Australian Basketball League clash.

After the Miners made a promising start, taking a seven-point quarter-time lead, the next two quarters belonged to the home side.

Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence claiming a 21-point advantage across the two periods, a 12-point second term hurting Ballarat.

Davon Usher

Davon Usher

The Miners won the final quarter, but never truly threatened, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence recording a seven-point victory – opening its season with a victory.

Nick Pozoglou was impressive with 14 points and a team-high for rebounds (nine) and assists (five). Peter Hooley led the team for points, draining 22, while Davon Usher hit 18.

Ballarat opened its season on a winning note with victory against Dandenong last week, Friday’s loss evens the ledger after two rounds. The Miners will not have to wait long to return to the winner’s list as it faces Canberra on Saturday night. It will be Canberra’s first match for the season. Tip-off is at 5.30pm at Belconnen Basketball Stadium.

DETAILS

BACOE  15  39  68  90

MINERS  22  34  54  83

POINTS - Hooley 22, Usher 18, Pozoglou 14, Fox 12, King-Davis 10, Short 5, McCallum 2

REBOUNDS - MINERS 41 (Pozoglou 9, King-Davis 7), BACOE 44

ASSISTS - MINERS 15 (Pozoglou 5, Hooley 4), BACOE 18

STEALS - MINERS 10, BACOE 10

BLOCKS - MINERS 1, BACOE 2

TURNOVERS - MINERS 14, BACOE 18

FOULS – MINERS 21, BACOE 19

SHOOTING – field goals, MINERS 30/70 (42%), BACOE 33/70 (46%)

three-pointers, MINERS 6/16 (37%), BACOE 11/33 (33%)

free throw, MINERS 17/23 (73%), BACOE 13/23 (56%)