Instead of heading into the SEABL finals next week the Cobras will be reflecting upon what could have happened in Season 2008.A season with so much potential didn’t get a chance to begin before the Cobras bad news began.Chris Payne suffered a season ending work place injury on the eve of the season, import Zach Malvik broke his foot mid season and Jon Croft missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury and the middle with an ankle.
As well as the injuries, came some close losses and disappointing displays. Despite all the distractions that team continued to give it their all of the court in the knowledge that they could beat any team on any night.
Against Nunawading they showed just that, playing for nothing but their pride the Cobras jumped out of the blocks early racing to a 1st quarter 12 point lead. Joe Werner continues to prove many wrong with 33pts and 24rbds against one of the League’s biggest teams. He showed his class throughout never trouble by his opponent.
Coach Grant Wallace asked for more from his team in the 2nd term as they extended the lead by 14 to go into the half leading 65-39. Shooting at 48% from behind the arc, every Cobra was shooting it well with DJ Taylor 4/5 and Werner 3/5 the picks, as Nunawading failed to close out the Kilsyth bigs.
Mid season recruit Luke Cooper continues to improve finishing with 5 points and finding his teammates for 11 assists and Spectres saw much of the same in the 3rd quarter with the Cobras extending the lead in 36 by the final change. With Cooper playing his best game of the year, Jon Croft (24pts, 6rbds) also got in on the act recording his best figures of the season as the Spectres had no answer to Kilsyth’s offensive arsenal.
The Cobras shot at 51% for the game compared to the Spectres 38% and outrebounded their opponent 58-37 on the boards.The Spectres failed to regain any respect in the 4th quarter as Kilsyth outscored them by 11 to send Nunawading to a massive 47 point loss.Kilsyth finished with the highest points total of the year which included 56 points in the paint and 11 of Spectre turnovers.
Kilsyth moved to 11-14 on the Season and will play their final match for 2008 against NW Tasmania (Sunday 20th July) at home.The Cobras will be hoping to win their 12th game of the Season and finish on a good note in this game.
Club Kilsyth Cobrasthank all their supporters who have stuck with them through a tough 2008 Season and look forward to coming back bigger and better in 2009.Stay tuned to www.kilsythbasketball.com.au for all your post season news, player signings and announcements.
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