The VYC Cobra Men have won Game One of the best-of-three VYC Finals series in spectacular fashion, with Jorden Adnam’s tip-in as time expired leading Kilsyth to an 81-80 road win over Nunawading.
Trailing by seven points midway through the final period, the Cobras reeled-off a quick-fire 10-1 run to reclaim the lead and setting the scene for a thrilling finish. Jamie Ahale started the run with a deep three-pointer from six feet beyond the arc, then after a pair of empty possessions, Mitch Dielemans buried a tough baseline jumper off the dribble to make it a one possession game. Harry Frith added a left wing triple to give the Cobras the lead, and after a Spectres free throw, Ahale finished strong inside to put Kilsyth ahead, 75-73, with under three minutes remaining.
Nunawading would respond with a 6-0 run of their own, though, with back-to-back baskets from Michael Cassin giving the Spectres a four point lead with just over one minute remaining. But Ahale responded once again, this time wiggling through two defenders to connect on a runner to pull the Cobras within 77-79. With under 30 seconds left on the clock, Ben Ursich came up with the defensive play of the game, stripping the Spectres Luke Van Rijn on a drive before going coast to coast to draw two free throws. Ursich sank both to tie the game, setting up a wild final sequence to cap an incredible opening finals game.
Following a timeout, the Spectres Jack Gandolfo muscled his way to the foul line with six seconds remaining, burying the first to put Nunawading ahead, 80-79. But the guard missed the second, and Ursich pulled down the rebound and took it coast-to-coast once again, missing a high arching finger roll that would have won the game. But Adnam lay in wait, reaching back to tip-in Ursich’s miss right as time expired to give Kilsyth a stunning opening game win on the road.
Adnam finished with 17 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists; Dielemans recorded a team-high 18 points and added four assists, Ahale battled early trouble to record 16 points, and Ursich produced another outstanding all-around performance, ending with 12 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Now up 1-0 in the series, the Cobras can close it out at home on Saturday night in game two of our Home Finals Doubleheader. The Lady Cobras tip-off the evening at 6pm as they host Geelong in a SEABL Semi Final, followed by the VYC Men at 8.00pm.
Please see below for pricing changes for Saturday’s Doubleheader:
Adults (18+): $10
Kids (13-17): $5
Kids (12 & under): $3
Adults and Kids 13+: $5
Kids 12 & Under: FREE
Those wearing Cobra gear or Kilsyth Junior Domestic gear receive FREE entry.
*VYC Pricing change will take effect at 3/4 time of the Women’s game.
This Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day as our Cobras and Lady Cobras take on the Albury-Wodonga Bandits in their SEABL regular season home finale! We’re letting all kids 12 and under ENTER FREE to both games on Sunday, as we say thank you for your terrific support of our Cobras thus far in 2018.
The Cobra Men have dropped an overtime classic at home to the Geelong Supercats, losing, 89-96 on Sunday. Trailing by as many as 16 points and finding themselves down, 75-83 with under two minutes remaining, the Cobras mounted a frantic comeback, closing the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to force overtime. Isaac Turner
The Cobra Men have recorded a perfect 2-0 SEABL weekend, defeating Mt Gambier on the road in an overtime thriller on Friday night before blowing out the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence on Sunday to keep a firm grip on the league’s best record. “We are really happy to come out of the weekend