Cobras (6-10) have been devastated by injuries in 2008 and their run got no better on the weekend with Jon Croft (knee & ankle) and Adam Jackson (leg) both going down. Coach Grant Wallace is hoping to have Jackson back in uniform by Friday night but has had to call up rookie Tim Mulhall to make the trip in place of Croft who will miss two weeks.
The Cobras kept their slim finals hopes alive last weekend with an away win at Albury and a home victory against Southern Districts. Left with just seven fit players Sunday the Cobras were forced to battle hard to record the 82-81 win against the Spartans.
Kilsyth travel to Mt Gambier (4-13) having already lost to the Pioneers at home by 26pts in a dismal game. The Cobras will be keen to reverse this result and put the pressure on 4th placed AIS with a win.
With Zach Malvik (21.1ppg) returning home after his injury, Jon Croft (13.7ppg) missing the game through injury and Adam Jackson (9.9ppg) a chance to miss the Cobras will need a massive game from Joe Werner (19.1ppg and 14.4 rpg) and Gerard Leonard (15.4ppg).
Luke Cooper provided the Cobras with some intensity at both ends of the floor in his debut last weekend and will again be required to find the open shooters while putting up some points himself.
DJ Taylor played game 350 last weekend and has improved as the season has gone on, his impact will be the key to this game. The Cobras will need at least 15 points out of their captain to be a shot at winning this game.
Kilsyth have a weekend off after the Mt Gambier road trip but will be back on the road the following weekend at they make their season defining trip to Tasmania to take on Hobart and NW Tassie.
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