Neither team were able to obtain the momentum in a low scoring opening period with the Cobras leading by a single point at the first change as both teams took time to find their way with new team mates.
Kilsyth gained the upper hand early in the 2nd term with Cameron and Werner combining well inside while Gerard Leonard (15pts, 3/7 3pt) found his range from beyond the arc.
Bendigo tried to pull back the 12 point half time margin during the 3rd quarter with import Matt Trannon (17pts, 13rbds) showing his presence but the Cobras were just to big for the young Braves, extending the lead to 22 points at the final change.
Kilsyth continued to shoot the ball well in the 4th (41% to Bendigo 34%) sustaining the momentum is a well balanced team display to win their season opener by 20 points.
The Braves hurt themselves from the free throw line shooting at just 48% compared to the Cobras 75%, once again highlighting the importance of converting at the free throw line. Despite the margin the rebounding was close with Kilsyth slightly out rebounding the Braves 57-52.
It was a scrappy first up affair for both sides, who will continue to improve as the season progresses. Coach Grant Wallace, looking for his first SEABL title in close to 350 games in the League, was excited by the teams first up win. He looks to have once again found a quality import in Quincy Henderson and knew what to expect from returning stars Chris Cameron and Joe Werner.
Kilsyth will need to continue their momentum against the Brisbane Spartans who come to town next Saturday Night 21 March 2009. Brisbane have recruited strongly in the off-season acquiring the services of former Cobra Ash Cannan as well as a cast of former NBL players. Tip off is scheduled for 8.15pm with the game precluded by the Development League Men.
Quincy Henderson and Joe Werner are calling all Cobra fans to Back the Black in 2009 and show their support by filling Hugh McMenamin Court at the Kilsyth Sports Centre next Saturday night for the game against the Spartans.
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