Ballarat Miners secure second victory over Nunawading this season

CONTRIBUTORS: The entire Miners team stepped up, including captain Peter Hooley's big effort, while Sam Short shut down Nunawading's Tom Wright. Picture: Dylan Burns

CONTRIBUTORS: The entire Miners team stepped up, including captain Peter Hooley's big effort, while Sam Short shut down Nunawading's Tom Wright. Picture: Dylan Burns

In the race towards South East Australian Basketball League finals, Ballarat Miners managed to secure a crucial victory over a tough Nunawading outfit for the second time this season.

But it was a less than ideal start, with Miners big man Cam McCallum exiting the game in the first quarter after a technical foul.

Acting head coach Rob Baker said Tristan Fisher, who hit two vital three-pointers early in the fourth term, and some big minutes from Ross Weightman helped fill the void, while a vocal crowd acted like a sixth man.

“We just had a real emphasis on defence,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a grind, we knew we had more legs than them and we just stuck with the plan the whole time.”

DETAILS 

BALLARAT 22 47 64 89

NUNAWADING 26 47 63 80

POINTS – Miners: Hooley 21 (2 three-pointers), King-Davis 21 (3), Fox 18, Pozoglou 12 (3), Fisher 8 (2), Short 7 (1), McCallum 2. Nunawading: Hronopoulos 17 (1), Conn 16, Steel 15 (4), Wright 13 (1), Eugster 9, Caspersz 8 (2), O’Hea 2.

REBOUNDS – Miners 51, Nunawading 52

ASSISTS – Miners 24, Nunawading 14 

STEALS – Miners 3, Nunawading 6

BLOCKS – Miners 8, Nunawading 1

TURNOVERS – Miners 12, Nunawading 8

FOULS – Miners 12, Nunawading 17

SHOOTING – field goals, Miners 34/72 (47%), Nunawading 32/85 (37%), three-pointers, Miners 11/26 (42%), Nunawading 8/27 (29%), free throws, Miners 10/11 (90%), Nunawading 8/12 (66%)