The first quarter was neck and neck with no team able to gain the ascendancy, but after a back cut from Adam Jackson (13 points, 5 rbds, 4 assists), the Cobras manage to take a six point lead into the first break. The second quarter saw the Cobras jump out of the blocks and build an 11 point lead only to see the Gunners again close the gap and go into the main break down 6.
Cobras big man Joe Werner (10 pts, 14 rbds) was quiet throughout the first half and struggled with foul trouble but came back in the second to record some of his trade mark boards and dunks. Despite Werner’s effort on the boards the Cobras were outrebounded 40-44 and will need to improve as a team in this area if they are want to continue winning games.
Missing point guard Jon Lee the Cobras transition was limited but the return from injury of Jon Croft added some class to Kilsyth’s half court game. Croft recorded 11 pts on 5/10 shooting in his return from shoulder surgery and proved to be another crucial component to the Cobras line up.
As is the case with quality sides Canberra kept themselves in the game and continued to plug away to give themselves a chance at victory. Zlatko Todorovski 28 pts and Jon Holden 20 pts led the way but the young Gunners side missed some important shots down the stretch as the composed Cobras converted at the free throw line.
Coach Grant Wallace will be pleased with his teams form after a disappointed display against Knox last week. The Cobras shot at 49% from the field 47% from behind the arc and with Jon Lee back in the line up the pieces are starting to come together for Wallace and the team.
The Cobras don’t get much of a rest this week as they get set to take on Frankston in SEABL Big Wednesday Action from 7.30pm at Kilsyth. Frankston (4-2) has been a consistent performer so far in 2008 and this game is sure to come down to a battle of the imports as Werner looks to take on David Gruber and Malvik gets set for Rob Kampman. Big Wednesday Action is sure to see which of these conference rivals is the real deal in 2008.
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