The Kilsyth Cobras dream start to the 2019 NBL1 season has come to an end, suffering a shock 92-106 loss at home to the Southern Sabres on Sunday.
The Cobras struggled to get anything going offensively for three quarters on Sunday, scoring just 59 points through the first three periods of play to fall behind by 12 points entering the final stanza. They finally got going late, led by some hot shooting by Peter Hooley and Ben Ursich, but they had no answers on the defensive end for the Sabres, who had a response for every Kilsyth basket in crunch time.
A three minute lapse by the Cobras in the third quarter proved too much to overcome in the end, with the Sabres reeling off a game changing 14-4 run early in the second half to take the lead for good. After back-to-back baskets by Tohi Smith-Milner game the Cobras a 46-45 lead, Smith-Milners NBL teammate – Melbourne United’s David Barlow – sparked the Sabres run with three straight baskets in a 60 second span, and they would score on their next three possessions to take a 50-59 lead midway through the third period.
With the deficit stretching out to 12 to end the quarter, the Cobras could not trim it to single digits the rest of the way, dropping their first game of 2019 to fall to 6-1 on the season.
Hooley’s strong close saw him finish with team-highs of 24 points and eight assists; Ursich scored 19 points off the bench – on 5-for-7 shooting from deep – to go along with six rebounds; Smith-Milber added a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double; and Owen Odigie recorded 15 points and three steals in the loss.
While the Cobras buried 14 triples, it took 39 attempts to get there, and their 18 turnovers marked a season-high on Sunday.
The Cobras will look to bounce back in a blockbuster Saturday night showdown at home with the Ballarat Miners in the NBL1 Game of the Week (5.30pm/7.30pm). With the Miners overtaking the Cobras for the league’s best record, Saturday night’s battle is set to be the NBL1’s most anticipated game to date.
Saturday night is also our annual Junior Domestic Night, with all Kilsyth Junior Domestic players who wear their club gear receiving FREE ENTRY to both the Women’s and Men’s game on Saturday.
The NBL1 Cobra Men have fallen to Diamond Valley in heartbreaking fashion, losing 90-98 to the Eagles on Retro Night. For the second consecutive week, the Cobras found themselves on the wrong end of a big crunch time surge, surrendering a 15-2 run to the Eagles over the final five minutes of the game.
via Roy Ward, NBL1.com.au Kilsyth Cobras coach Sam Woosnam needed to make adjustments more than her players did. 📺: @KilsythCobras 🆚 @DVBasketball Womens Highlights #NBL1 pic.twitter.com/VOSztiOMX1 — NBL1 (@NBL1HQ) May 18, 2019 Just weeks before the NBL1 season, the team received happy news that WNBL guard Steph Blicavs was pregnant and wouldn’t be playing.
The NWBL Cobras have opened their 2019 regular season campaign with a 2-2 split during their four game weekend in Brisbane. Despite heading up north shorthanded to start the season, the Cobras were able to record a pair of impressive wins over the Red Dust Heelers and West Adelaide Thunder. Without veteran Sean