THIS is the ultimate story of the underdog defeating the rampant, ferocious Tigers on the basketball court. This is the night, August 16, 1989, when Ballarat Miners&nbsp;defeated National Basketball League powerhouse&nbsp;Melbourne Tigers by six points for the Victorian Basketball Association championship. This was the first time a country team reached the VBA final. The VBA pitted the state's NBL teams against the state's South East Australian Basketball League competitors in mid-week showdowns. Ballarat Miners had to defeat arch-rival Bendigo, and then-NBL team Geelong for the chance to face the Tigers, featuring Australia's best basketballer Andrew Gaze.