Kilsyth led for over 40 minutes in a match they looked committed to winning. Every player came onto the floor with a purpose and played as well as they have at any point of Season 2008.
Joe Werner dominated inside on former Cobra Brad Bridgewater finishing with 24pts and 22 rbds but the impact of another Supercat big Daniel George (26pts, 19 rbds) proved a challenge for the Cobras. Werner recorded his second 20-20 game of the season and fourth 20 rebound game.
In an explosive first quarter Kilsyth came out firing to push the lead to 10 before Geelong made a run to finish the quarter down 5. Gerard Leonard (25pts) and Adam Jackson (19pts) were unstoppable in the first, scoring from behind the arc and on some steals off the Geelong inbound.
The Cobras pushed the lead to 6 at the half and went into the rooms minus import Zach Malvik who fell on a drive midway through the quarter and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken foot. This made the Cobras task hard but Jon Lee stepped up to the challenge and led the Cobras throughout the second half playing most of the 24 minutes.
Lee finished with 9 assists and 8 pts and kept the Cobras in check as they pushed the lead out to 12 pts at 3 quarter time. Nathan Herbert (25pts) and Shawn Myers (23pts) hit back early in the fourth to reduce the margin to 4 with 6 minutes to play but the tired Cobras were once again able to extend the lead.
DJ Taylor fouled out with 1:30 to play in the 4th as Shawn Myers went to the line converting on both free throws for the 2nd possession in a row to tie the game up at 107.
Kilsyth had a chance to win the game but after a turnover Geelong pushed the ball up the floor and went back into Myers who made the 2pt basket with no time remaining.
Despite the gallant effort the Cobras came up short again in front of a massive crowd at the Snakepit. The crowd which included State Minister for Sport James Merlino saw one of the best SEABL games of the year as both teams made it an exciting contest.
Club Kilsyth Cobras return home next Sunday, after travelling to Albury Saturday night, to take on Southern Districts Spartans. The Cobras will need another massive crowd as they look to pick up two wins next weekend and move back up the ladder.
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5
Our Kilsyth Junior Cobras teams for the 2024 VJBL season have been announced. Congratulations to all of our new and returning Cobras on their selections — and for those who have missed out this season, we hope to see you back next year. See below for our 2024 teams as well as important uniform, registration