After a pre-game presentation to acknowledge DJ Taylor’s 400 games, the Swinburne Cobras got off to a slow start with both teams scoring just six points a piece in the opening five minutes.
Nathan Crosswell (24pts, 7rbds) and Tom Garlepp (22pts, 18rbds) gave the Swinburne Cobras a headache in the opening term as the Sabres took the emotion out of the game and built a seven point quarter time lead.
Tim Lang (14pts, 10rbds) made two early baskets and Fernandez Lockett (12pts, 6rbds) hit back to back threes early in the second quarter to reduce the margin to just two points.
The streak continued for Kilsyth with Lang scoring on two consecutive trips as the Swinburne Cobras took a three point lead late in the half. Daniel Dillon (17pts) hit back for Sandringham hitting eight straight points as the Sabres suddenly lead 36-31 at the long break.
The margin quickly swelled in the third term with the Swinburne Cobras unable to contain the explosive Sabres. Trailing by 16 points late in the term, Matt O’Hea (11pts, 3/3 3pt) hit two free throws to reduce the margin to 14 at the final break and give Kilsyth a shot.
O’Hea featured again in the final term hitting a three with four minutes to play to reduce the margin to nine points, this gave the Swinburne Cobras one last shot at a win in DJ Taylor’s 400th game but Sandringham went on a 15-6 run to end the game and sent the Swinburne Cobras to their fourth loss of the Season.
Kilsyth (7-4) dropped to second place on the East Conference ladder following the loss and have an important match up with Ballarat (5-6) at home next weekend.
The Swinburne Cobras will tip off at 2.30pm against Ballarat on Sunday 9 May 2010 – Mother’s Day.
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