SEABL round 16- Players of the week

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Booker and Penaluna headline in the 16th week of competition.


Roy Booker – Ballarat Miners

Round 16 saw Roy Booker put together two monster performances for the Ballarat Miners to keep their finals aspirations alive.

On the Saturday night Booker dropped 34 points on the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, shooting the ball at 56 per cent while also adding six assists in his team’s 17-point win.

It was the Sunday though that was the icing on the cake, leading the Miners to a vital win against Dandenong as he scored 35 points – 27 of those from behind the arc.

Despite leading the league in scoring with 25.1 per game, Booker has endured a lean patch prior to Round 15 by his lofty standards, only scoring 20 or more from two of his last seven encounters, but with 34 and 35 points over Round 16, he now looks to lead the Miners to fourth in the East with an all important clash against Nunawading in Round 17.

Special Mentions

– Bendigo scorer Michael Vigor had 29 points and 10 rebounds in the Braves’ win over Hobart.

– Hobart Chargers’ guard Tiri Masunda had 23 points, five rebounds and six assists in a win over Sandringham.

– Sabres’ import Rayshawn Goins was on fire with 30 points and 17 rebounds in the loss to Hobart.


Elyse Penaluna – Bendigo Lady Braves

The Lady Braves are on the charge to the finals, defeating the top two teams of the South Conference off the back of two dominant games by Elyse Penaluna.

In a low-scoring affair on Saturday night, Bendigo held off the fast finishing Lady Cobras to win by one-point, with Penaluna leading the Braves with 18 points at 75 per cent shooting and 11 rebounds.

In their clash against Hobart the following day, Penaluna once again starred with 29 points and 13 rebounds, to average 23.5 points and 12 rebounds over Round 16.

Penaluna averages 19.7 points and 10.3 rebounds since signing with Bendigo halfway through the season.

Special Mentions

– Hobart duo Klara Wischer (31 points, 12 rebounds, five steals) and Izzy Chilcott (26 points, five assists) turned on their best against Sandringham.

– Frankston star Maddie Garrick (30 points, 7 rebounds) came back from Opals duty in great touch against Albury-Wodonga.

– Launceston’s Mikaela Ruef notched 13 points and 23 rebounds plus three blocks against Nunawading.