The opening quarter was tight with Joe Werner (22pts, 13rbds) going basket for basket with Spectre and former Cobra Brad Bridgewater (26pts). When Werner picked up his third foul mid way through the first term Nunawading looked to take advantage.
Despite the foul trouble for Werner, Quincy Henderson and the Cobras were able to build a three point quarter time lead. The big Nunawading team continued to throw the ball inside during the 2nd term looking to exploit the short Cobras line up.
With Chris Cameron again missing, Paul Burgess (2pts, 9 rbds) played his second game out of retirement and proved to be a crucial presence at the defensive end. With DJ Taylor and Henderson chipping in, Kilsyth were able to build a nine point half time lead while Werner sat out the half.
Michael Wheeler (13pts, 6 assists) found his range from behind the arc in the 2nd term but it was Gerard Leonard (21pts) who lit up in the 3rd as the Cobras were able to extend the lead to 20 points. Jon Lee and Wheeler increased the tempo in transition and the Spectres struggled to keep up as Kilsyth rattled off 30 points for the quarter.
Nunawading went young in the final term playing their bench for the majority of the term, Nathan Kennedy (18pts, 7rbds) tried gallantly but the Cobras were to strong finishing up 19 point winners.
A crowd of close to 1000 helped Chris Payne make a successful return to his home floor and the win sealed off a great night for him and the team as they improved to 3-3 on the season.
Kilsyth now have the weekend off before making a Canberra-Brisbane road trip in Round 7. The Cobras next home game in Saturday 2nd May against the Geelong Supercats at 8.15pm.
Star point guard Adi Tomada has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Tomada enjoyed a standout 2023 season with the Cobras, leading the team in assists (4.6apg) and steals (1.4spg), ranking second in scoring (19.5ppg) and three pointers made (2.0 3PM), while finding his way to the free throw
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