BENDIGO has won bragging rights over Ballarat after defeating the Miners by eight points on Wednesday night.
The Braves travelled to Ballarat for the midweek SEABL game with Bendigo coming out on top, winning 81-73.
Coach Ben Harvey said it was great to bounce back after losing to Frankston at the weekend.
“I thought our defence really held up on the night,” he said.
“We discussed what we had to do and we really locked down their players, especially their two imports.
“We definitely went into the game ready to play.”
Bendigo import Dustin Salisbery scored a game-high 24 points.
Michael Vigor had 16 points and Zach Atkinson scored 14.
Harvey said it was important for the team to spread the load when it came to scoring and to not rely on just one player to score big.
“I thought Dustin (Salisbery) was the dominant player on the court,” he said.
“We spoke about a few things after the Frankston game and I thought that he and Kevin Probert really led the team.”
Harvey also praised the efforts of his bench players.
“I thought the players who came off the bench and played five to seven minutes really had an impact,” he said.
“Lachlan Urwin and Chris Adkins were really good, despite their limited time on the court.”
The Braves will now turn their attention to their game against Mt Gambier on Saturday night.
Harvey said the team would have a light training session on Thursday night before he did some scouting on Mt Gambier.
“They (Mt Gambier) do play on Friday night and then they come to Bendigo,” he said.
“It is a tough ask for them, but they are a top-four team, so we are looking forward to it.”
Bendigo will tip-off against Mt Gambier at 7.30 at Bendigo Stadium.