The Ballarat Miners remain undefeated in the Big V youth one men after recording a comfortable 22 point win over cross state rivals the Geelong Supercats.
Aggressive first quarter energy from the visitors had the Miners on the back foot early in the contest. But stifling defense and hot shooting saw the home team to chip away at the deficit to take a one point lead heading into half time.
Things only got worse for the visitors in the second half as the Miners extended their lead to double digits to clinch the game 112-90.
Sharpshooting guard Zach Dunmore was dynamic in victory totaling 30 points on six made pointers - two of which came back to back while the game hung in the balance. Forward Ross Weightman also impressed tallying 11 points and dishing out 10 assists, while Amos Brooks contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.
After getting jumped early by Geelong, head coach Daniel Naggs said it was just a matter of "locking into what they'd set out to do."
"The biggest focus was beating them with defensive pressure and trying to control the rebounds," he said.
"We knew if we ended up getting the majority of the rebounds on both ends we would control the majority of the play."
The win takes the Miners to 6-0 on the season placing them atop the ladder ahead of a clash with the third placed Altona Gators after Easter.
The Ballarat Rush however will lick their wounds after their 34 point loss to the Ringwood Hawks in Victorian Youth Championship Women. They currently sit in fifth place on the ladder with a showdown looming with the fourth placed Altona Gators after the break.