Booker and Wilson star in the opening weekend of competition.
ROUND 1 SEABL MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Roy Booker – Ballarat Miners
Roy Booker returned to the court for the Ballarat Miners in emphatic style, with his efforts providing him SEABL Men’s Player of the Week honours for Round 1.
Booker finished with 24 points, ten assists and four steals in the Miners 85-75 win over Bendigo, before backing it up on the Saturday night against Geelong where he had 25 points and six assists in their two-point victory over Geelong.
Booker in 2014 led the league in points and assists averaging 28.6 points and 6.9 assists, only playing 15 games before succumbing to an Achilles injury.
After Round 1, Booker’s 24.5 points and eight assists per game see him ranked fourth in scoring and first in assists.
– Dandenong Rangers forward Daequon Montreal showed he will again be a force with 27 points, 10 rebounds in just 29 minutes against Kilsyth.
– Sandringham Sabres big man Ray Goins was all over North-West Tasmania with 27 points and 17 rebounds in his club’s road win on Saturday night.
– Albury Border Bandits’ imports Cory Dixon (27 points, 10 rebounds) and Donte Nicholas (19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) both dominated in the Border Bandits 97-57 thumping of Canberra.
ROUND 1 SEABL WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ally Wilson – Launceston Tornadoes
Launceston’s Ally Wilson has begun her 2015 campaign superbly, being named the SEABL Women’s Player of the Week for Round 1.
The Tornadoes were the only team to notch triple fingers over the weekend in their 20-point win over Sandringham, with Wilson’s figures of 28 points, six rebounds and four steals instrumental in the win.
Wilson was extremely efficient throughout the game, shooting the ball at 78 per cent from the field (11-14), 75 per cent from behind the arc (3-4) and was perfect from the free throw line making all three attempts.
The 2013/14 WNBL Rookie of the Year averaged 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Tornadoes last year.
– Bendigo Lady Braves’ WNBL triple-headed backcourt of Tessa Lavey (22 points), Kerryn Harrington (21 points) and Kelly Wilson (15 points, 10 assists) showed they can score in combination powering the Lady Braves’ 83-51 win over Ballarat on Friday night.- Geelong Supercats point guard Cortney Williamson flirted with a triple-double in her side’s close win over Ballarat on Saturday night with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
– Sandringham Sabres’ import Brittany Smart is reportedly a top-end star and her 26 points and 14 rebounds against Hobart added to those reports.
– Hobart Lady Chargers’ import Kathleen Scheer stood tall with 28 points and 15 rebounds while playing the full 40 minutes on Friday night.
– Dandenong centre Jacinta Kennedy was again a tower of strength for the Rangers with 25 points, 10 rebounds in 36 minutes on Saturday night.