The Kilsyth Cobras have re-signed big man Chris Patton for their debut season in the new Victorian Elite State League (official name TBA).
Patton was a key producer for the Cobras in 2018, expanding his repertoire to become an impressive, all-around offensive threat. The bruising centre turned into arguably the SEABL’s best passing big man in 2018 – leading the Cobras with 3.4 assist per game – and expand his range to drain nine three-pointers, after attempting just a single three the year prior. Patton finished second on the team in rebounding (7.0rpg) and third in scoring (13.6ppg), with his newfound ability to stretch the floor and pass at a high-level a driving force behind the Cobras high-octane offence.
While his scoring output dropped from the season prior, Patton’s number was called often in crunch time when the Cobras needed a bucket. And while he showed the ability to consistently knock down mid-range and deep jumpers, Patton’s low block power game remained one of the SEABL’s toughest covers in 2018.
Head coach Justin Schueller is pleased to have his paint anchor returning for Kilsyth’s inaugural season in the Elite State League, and expects Patton to shoulder the load down low once again for what promises to be an explosive Cobras lineup.
“We’re excited to have Chris return for a third year and we are expecting him to anchor our team again.,” Schueller said.
“He is an exceptional passer and a double-double threat every night, and we expect a big year from him in 2019.”