HE has always held loyalty as a core value in his sporting psyche, and two weeks ago Queanbeyan basketballer Jono Miller celebrated his 200th game with the Canberra Gunners basketball team.
It comes as the Gunners skipper considers retirement at the end of the current South East Australian Basketball League season, after which he could return playing for the Queanbeyan Yowies in the NSW State League.
While his actual 200th game was on the road on July 26 against North West Tasmania, a game his men lost, his formal celebrations came a week later at home against Albury-Wodonga, and he was able to celebrate in style with a win and a plaque made for him by Basketball ACT in recognition of his achievement.
But the 29-year old admitted he had had offers to sign with interstate teams during his career with the Gunners, but said his loyalty to his home territory always came first.
"I like to still play for Queanbeyan [Roadrunners] in the local competition, so I do like to keep those ties, and I've settled down here and the Canberra Gunners have given me an avenue to keep playing basketball in a competitive way," said Miller.
Meanwhile, The Yowies men's team will host Sutherland Shire in the NSW State League quarter finals at the Queanbeyan Basketball Centre on Saturday night.
Senior player Adam Jackson said a full-strength team would play, after finishing second in their pool.
"Jono Lazaro has been big for us. He hit the game winner last week on the buzzer to put as ahead by one," he said.