Club Kilsyth Cobras have recorded their most impressive win of Season 2008 with a 116-90 victory over Bendigo in SEABL Big Wednesday action. Gerard Leonard led the Cobras with 39 points including 8/11 from behind the arc.
Coach Grant Wallace could not have asked for anything more from his team as they defeated Bendigo for the second time this season. Kilsyth had five players in double figures led by Leonard and Joe Werner with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
In front of a massive Big Wednesday crowd, the Cobras shot out of the blocks in the opening term putting the Braves on the back foot as the raced to a 29-19 quarter time lead. Adam Jackson (15pts, 6/7 FG) ignited the Kilsyth crowd with his fast break points as he and Werner helped build the Cobras lead. Leonard hit a 3 point shot on the quarter time buzzer to make it a 10 point margin.
The second quarter was much of the same of Kilsyth exploited the poor Braves defense as they scored another 34 points to take a 22 point half time lead. The late quarter three points shots continued in the 2nd with Adam Jackson hitting a basket off a Luke Cooper pass with 12 secs remaining in the half. DJ Taylor (18pts, 7rbds) played his best game of the season at both ends of the floor and made some tough basket to help build the Cobras half time lead.
As was always going to be the case, Bendigo hit back in the 3rd term cutting the Cobras lead to 15 points at the last change and giving them a chance at the win. Bendigo needed the win to hold onto a playoff spot in the East Conference and where not going to hold anything back against the Cobras.
Gerard Leonard, in one of his greatest SEABL performances, was not going to give Bendigo a sniff in the 4th, hitting five threes including three in one minute early in the term. Kilsyth extended the lead to 26 and never looked back as they kept their slim finals hopes alive.
The Cobras must now carry the same form into a game they will need no motivation for, as they battle arch-rival Knox in the Ashes Cup Saturday Night. The Lady Cobras will take to the court first at 6.15pm as they attempt to put Kilsyth out in front in the total points contest. The Cobras lost to the Raiders earlier in the year by 21 pts and will be keen to make-a-mence for this early season slip up.
Don’t miss all the action in this Saturday’s ‘Battle for the Ashes’ as the Cobras tip off at 8.30pm against the Knox Raiders.
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