Following an impressive opening weekend which saw them go 2-0 on the road, the Cobras picked up where they left off against the Gunners on Saturday, riding impressive performances by Chris Patton, Nelson Kirksey, Auryn Macmillan and Owen Odigie to defeat Canberra, 89-82.

Kilsyth came out firing, jumping on the Gunners early to take a 12-point lead after one period of play. Canberra would respond, though, trimming their deficit to 37-42 heading into halftime, but a third quarter explosion by Patton was enough for the Cobras to pull away for good. Patton was dominant during a six minute stretch to start the second half, erupting for 14 points as Kilsyth pushed their lead to 71-54 heading into the final stanza.

When Patton followed a Kirksey dunk with a score of his own to put the Cobras ahead, 85-66 with three minutes remaining in the game, Kilsyth appeared headed to their third consecutive double-digit victory to start the season. The Gunners had one final push left, though, reeling-off a frantic 16-0 run to make it a three point game with 31 seconds remaining. But questionable clock management by Canberra saw Macmillan ice the game with four clutch free throws as the Cobras escaped with seven-point win.

Patton led Kilsyth with a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds, Kirksey had his most efficient game to date with the Cobras, scoring 16 points on 8-10 shooting, while Macmillan and Odigie added 14 points apiece in the win.

Following Saturday night’s narrow escape, the Cobras were unable to make it four straight wins to start 2017, falling to the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence on Sunday in overtime, 77-81. After dictating the tempo on both ends of the floor against Canberra, Kilsyth saw the script flipped against the CoE on Sunday, as they struggled to contain a young, fresh, athletic and disruptive CoE team.

Trailing, 67-74 with just over one minute to play, the Cobras reeled-off an impressive 7-0 run to tie the game, capped by a Chris Patton basket with 36 seconds remaining. After forcing another stop, Kilsyth had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Macmillan missed a top of the key 3-pointer as time expired and the game headed into overtime.

Playing five extra minutes of basketball on the second night of a back-to-back, the Cobras ran out of gas in the extra session, going just 1-for-7 from the field to drop their first game of the season.

Odigie led Kilsyth with 19 points and four steals, Patton finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Kirksey added 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Macmillan chipped-in with nine points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

The Cobras and Lady Cobras open Round 3 on the road, when they travel to Nunawading on Friday night to take on the Spectres (6pm/8pm). All Junior Cobra players dressed in uniform will receive FREE ENTRY to Friday nights game.

On Saturday, the Men and Women make their much anticipated 2017 Home Debut, with the Women set to take on the Geelong Supercats (6pm), followed by the Men squaring-off against the Ballarat Miners (8pm). The Men and Women cap a Saturday Quadruple-Header, with the VYC Women (2pm) and Men (4pm) opening the day in games against Eltham and Dandenong, respectively.

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