“This may have been our most complete win of the season,” Cobras Head Coach Rod Popp said.

“Albury-Wodonga has a very talented group and is expected to be in the mix for finals so it was great for us to get this win.”

After a scrappy opening to the game, Avery Johnson gave the Cobras life late in the first quarter, skying for a half court alley-oop off a beautiful pass from Kyle Adnam. Johnson’s spectacular play ignited the crowd and a 26-11 run from Kilsyth, turning a four point deficit into an 11-point lead late in the second quarter. Johnson and Joel Naburgs were key in the Cobras momentum swinging run on both ends of the floor, combining for 16 points during the stretch while locking down the Bandits perimeter game.

Albury-Wodonga’s Claybrin McMath and Greg Mays combined for an 8-3 run to end the half to trim the Cobras lead to 42-36 entering the locker room, but Kilsyth responded with an offensive explosion in the third quarter, this time fuelled by Johnson and centre Tim Lang. The pair combined for 21 points in the period to put the Cobras ahead, 71-55, entering the fourth quarter, and they cruised the rest of the way to record their sixth win of the season.

Lang led the Cobras with a game-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocked shots; Naburgs finished with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists; Johnson added 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists; and Adnam contributed 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in the victory.

While the Cobras stars came up big, the bench energy and production also impressed Coach Popp, as reserves Michael Knoll, Alex Vanrenen and Will Sinclair gave the Cobras a significant boost. Knoll was particularly impressive, contributing six points and seven rebounds in his first minutes since graduating from St. Ambrose University in the United States.

“We got outstanding efforts from Tim, Joel, Avery and Kyle, while Michael, Alex and Will gave us quality minutes off the bench,” Popp added.

“It was great to see Michael have an impact in his first game with the group.”

The win moves the Cobras to 6-5 on the season, good for fifth in the South Conference. The Cobras are just a game out of third place in the Conference standings, though, with a Retro Night showdown against rivals Geelong slated for Saturday night at home.

“We’re looking forward to a big Retro Night crowd in what will be a really important game against Geelong,” Popp said.

Fans are encouraged to dress in their best 80’s/90’s outfits this Saturday for our annual ‘helloworld Lilydale’ Retro Night, which will see both Kilsyth and Geelong’s Men’s and Women’s teams rocking mid-90’s replica uniforms.

There’s a ton of prizes to be won on the evening, including a $500 travel voucher and 3-piece luggage set from helloworld Lilydale, as well as Retro Night jerseys and hats. Retro Cobras tees will also be on sale for just $5, so don’t miss out on our biggest night of the year!

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