Despite Gerard Leonard scoring 24 pts the Cobras were outmatched by their more fancied opponents. Kilsyth travelled to Tasmania without Jon Croft due to injury and didnt have the firepower to stay with the high scoring Charges.
Hobart had six players in double figures and were led by import Chuck Long with 21 pts and 9 rebounds. Joe Werner battled hard inside for the Cobras but again fouled out in 35 mins on the floor for 15 pts and 10 rbds.
Cobras recruit Luke Cooper continued to improve in just his 4th SEABL game finishing with 12pts and 6 assists and he and Jon Lee 6 pts and 8 assists shared the ball around with open teammates.
Kilsyth stayed with Hobart for the first term but a high scoring affair was never going to suit the Cobras. Going into the second term they trailed 32-28 but after a 33-21 2nd term the Cobras were in trouble.
The rebound count was a major problem for Kilsyth who have been good on the boards throughout the season, Hobart outrebound the Cobras 50-31 which included 15 offensive boards to just 8.
Kilsyth picked up the defence in the 3rd and restricted Hobart to 19 for the quarter closing the gap to 13 points but another high scoring quarter for the Charges propelled them to victory. Kilsyth were outrebounded 14-5 in the 4th term as Werner was forced to sit with fouls.
Adam Jackson continued to do his best scoring 16 points while DJ Taylor had 11 but it was the defensive end the hurt Kilsyth the most.
Kilsyth must now travel up the coast to take on NW Tasmania in Devonport in a must win game. A loss would almost certainly put an end to any finals aspirations for Season 2008.
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