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.
The Lady Cobras have bolstered their front court with the addition of forward/centre Hope Terdich for the 2018 SEABL season. Terdich gives the already impressive Lady Cobras frontcourt some added depth, with the former AIS scholarship holder able to play both the power forward and centre positions. A member of the Dandenong Rangers WNBL
Ben Turner has been awarded a Kilsyth Basketball Life Membership for his outstanding and continued service to our Association and the greater basketball community. Ben has served as a Kilsyth Basketball Director since 2011 and the Secretary of the K&MDBA since 2008, and is currently the Director of Sports Partnerships at Genius Sports. He joined Genius Sports (formally SportingPulse) in April 2011,
All Domestic Games across our Kilsyth, Lilydale and Oxley Stadiums will run as scheduled on Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3. Please continue to check-in on our website and social media for any changes over the weekend. We thank you all for your cooperation and ask that you please drive safe out on the roads!