Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sweeping Round 3 with a couple of close victories, the Ballarat Miners have recorded their first wins of the season with Craig Moller making a statement in the front court.

The forward averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and a steal for the weekend and is proving to have a strong influence all around the court early in the season for Ballarat.

On Thursday night against Frankston, Moller dominated proceedings with 31 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists while shooting 55% from the field and playing every minute.

Heading into the final term and trailing by four, the Miners put together a 26-17 term to claim the comeback win and Moller was highly influential, recording nine points, three rebounds (including two offensive) and two assists.

His ability to run the floor following rebounds makes Ballarat a much more dangerous side and opens up the wings for shooters like Peter Hooley and Davon Usher while Moller’s inside game is just as damaging as his inside game.

He finished with 7-13 shooting from two-point range and hit three of his five three-point attempts as Ballarat secured a 99-94 victory.

Two days later, the Miners headed to Kilsyth and showed their ability to win in a defensive grind as they defeated the Cobras, 69-63.

Moller again played every minute and while his shot was not falling as it did on Thursday night, he still finished with a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and a block.

With Kilsyth taking the lead inside the final three minutes, Moller drilled a massive three-pointer to give the Miners a two-point edge and from there they would not be headed, securing the game from the free-throw line.

One of only five players to be averaging a double-double through the first three rounds, Moller also sits fifth in the league for free-throw shooting (89%) in a promising start to 2017.

Craig Moller Round 3 Stats: 21 points on 39% shooting from the field including 4-11 three-point shooting, 13 rebounds (three offensive), five assists and one steal per game.