The VYC Cobra Men and Women have combined to go 2-1 in Round 14 action, with the Women putting on a show at home in a blowout win over Ballarat, while the Men cruised to victory over Ringwood before dropping a close one on the road to Diamond Valley.
The Cobra Women put on a clinic against Ballarat on Saturday night at home, hammering the Rush. 73-44 to move to 9-9 on the season. Impressive two-way performances from Grace Moxey (11 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals) and Lauren Bird (11 points, four assists, six steals) and double-digit scoring outings by Britt Miller and Miranda Gartner led the way for the Cobras, who claimed to within a game of the fourth and final playoff position in the Watson Conference. With just four games remaining, the Cobras trail Waverley (10-9) and Bendigo (11-9) by a slim margin, and could potentially overtake Waverley this weekend as they face a Round 15 doubleheader.
The Cobra Men split their doubleheader weekend to remain in the hunt for a top-two finish, cruising to a 95-80 win at home over Ringwood on Saturday, before dropping an 86-95 road battle to Diamond Valley on Sunday. On Saturday night, the Cobras road an explosive first half and monster performances by Jorden Adnam (22 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists), Mitch Dielemans (24 points), Nick Feller (20 points, five rebounds), and Will MacRae (16 points, nine rebounds) to win big over the Hawks. The Cobras exploded out of the gates to lead by as many as 18 points in the first half, cruising to their eleventh win of the season.
Mark Landells’ Men were unable to make it a perfect weekend, though, with a third quarter lapse proving costly as they saw a winnable game against the Eagles slip away. The Cobras surrendered a 12-0 run early in the second half to fall in a 16 point hole, and despite a career-day by MacRae (31 points), their third quarter slip-up proved too much to overcome as they dropped to 11-8 on the season. Dielemans added 22 points in the loss, while Feller rounded out a strong weekend with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double. The loss sees the Cobras fall to third in the Watson Conference standings, trailing second-placed Keilor by one game with a home showdown with the Thunder on the cards this weekend.
Both teams are in action at home this Sunday in a vital doubleheader for both groups, with the Women set to take on Dandenong (12pm), while the Men battle Keilor (2pm) for control of second place in the Watson standings. All VYC home games are FREE for both adults and children, so get on down and show your support for our Cobras as they continue their postseason push!
The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier of Victoria, officially broke ground on Melba College’s Stage 2 rebuild last Thursday, which includes a new four court basketball stadium to be co-run by Kilsyth Basketball. The newest addition to Kilsyth Basketball will feature four FIBA competition sized courts, highlighted by a beautiful 700 seat show court.
The Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association (K&MDBA) has officially joined the newly-formed Victorian Senior Elite League (official league name to be announced) for its inaugural season in 2019. The K&MDBA – represented by the Kilsyth Cobras – will join 13 former-SEABL teams in the Victorian Senior Elite League, in addition to four Big-V Championship
Kilsyth juniors Bree Mackenzie and Jamie Ahale are set to tip-off their 2018/19 collegiate campaigns, with the NCAA season starting next week. Mackenzie enters her final season with Hawai’i Pacific University, following a redshirt season in 2018/19. The fifth-year senior was named to the All-PacWest First Team in 2017, and will be looking to