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Kodi Augustus fights off defenders as he shoots

A STRONG start by GMHBA Ballarat Miners in the season opener on Friday night saw the locals defeat Bendigo Braves by 10 points. In his debut season as head coach Eric Hayes was impressed with his team’s performance.

Miner coach Eric Hayes elated with his team’s win.
Miner coach Eric Hayes elated
with his team’s win.

Miners co-captain Roy Booker drew first blood with a goal in the first 15 seconds after the tap down which got the Ballarat crowd roaring with anticipation of what was to come as the game went on.

Booker lead the team with an impressive 24 points (three shots from beyond the arc in the first quarter), 10 assists and 4 steals, while new import Kodi Augustus was not far behind with a total of 23 points and 7 rebounds.

After a season with the NBL club Perth Wildcats Anthony Fisher made his presence felt with 12 points, 12 rebounds, with the bulk of his scoring in the opening half.

The Miners started strongly in a 12-2 run and held an eight-point lead by quartertime. They were very effective on the offensive end, converting the shots to points and ensuring a lead at each quarter.

BALLARAT 25 46 68 85 BENDIGO 17 36 53 75 POINTS – Ballarat: Booker 24 (6 three-pointers), Augustus 23 (1), Bartlett 13 (1), Fisher 12 (2), Smith 6, Gibcus 4, Blicavs 3 (1). Bendigo: Johnson 20 (1), Lewis 18 (2), Vigor 12 (1), Probert 12 (1), Hogan 7 (1), Bell 2, Cowling 2, Vandenberg 2. REBOUNDS – Ballarat 38 (Fisher 12, Augustus 7, Smith 7), Bendigo 45 (Lewis 13, Johnson 7)

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