AGL COBRA WOMEN VS WAVERLEY FALCONS – 54-31 WIN

Jenna Verhoef-Jenkins (18pts/10reb/4stl)

Trailing the Falcons in the Watson standings coming into the game, Kilsyth turned up the defensive intensity in a game that could potentially have finals repercussions later in the season. The Cobras defence was phenomenal from start to finish – with the final 20 minutes sure to give the Falcons nightmares for quite some time. Ed Dunstan’s women held Waverley to eight points in the second half, holding the Falcons to 2-19 shooting and forcing 15 turnovers. 

Just how impressive was their defence? The Cobras shot just 27% from the field, had nine less attempts at the line (13 to 22), yet still won by 23 points. 20 offensive rebounds for Kilsyth helped get a stagnant offence moving, with Verhoef-Jenkins, Paige Anderson, Zoe Scanlon, and Elise Dykes crashing the boards well. For the game, Waverley’s turnover total (27) almost matched their scoring output (31), halting any potential comeback.

AGL COBRA WOMEN VS DANDENONG RANGERS – 47-66 LOSS (SUNDAY)
Bree Mackenzie (21pts)

Despite a big game from Mackenzie and three quarters of close basketball, the Rangers were too much for the Cobras, pulling away in the final 10 minutes to hand Kilsyth their fifth loss of the season. Down just four points at the end of the third period, the Cobras faltered down the stretch as Dandenong put the clamps on defensively, holding Kilsyth to six forth quarter points while forcing eight turnovers. The duo of Geraldine Mccorkell and Olivia Luttrell were too much to handle, combining for 38 points and 22 rebounds.

The loss puts the women at 5-5, 0.5 games behind Waverley for fifth place in the Watson conference despite their win over the Falcons the night before.

 

AGL COBRAS VS BULLEEN BOOMERS – 94-63 WIN
Adrian Tomada (16pts/5reb/3ast), Daniel Jensen (13pts/6reb), Jorden Adnam (13pts/3ast), Ben Ursich (12pts), Luke Moon (12pts)

The AGL Cobras put on yet another clinic at home, dominating the Boomers on both ends of the floor en-route to a 31-point win. Five players scored in double figures, led by another standout performance by Tomada, who has turned himself into one of the best guards in the league. Kilsyth put this game out of reach by halftime, thanks to a second quarter explosion in which the Cobras shot 14-19 from the field, pushing their lead to 23 points at the break. Kilsyth shot 50% from the field for the game, while holding Bulleen to just 39% shooting and forcing 20 turnovers.

Peter Godfrey’s team continues to overwhelm opponents with their unique combination of size, speed, and athleticism, playing unselfish basketball which has led to a perfect 8-0 start.


SWINBURNE LADY COBRAS VS HOBART CHARGERS – 69-65 WIN

Sarah Parsons (17pts/8reb/4ast/5stl), Jordyn O’Shea (16pts/6reb/3ast/3stl), Yvonne Anderson (14pts), Rosie Moult (10pts/14reb)

The Lady Cobras don’t seem to like interstate rims, struggling to find their shooting touch just as they did in Canberra earlier in the season. Kilsyth’s struggles from the field kept Hobart close throughout, with the Chargers Emma Langford giving the Cobras fits inside. Hobart pulled ahead midway through the fourth period, but O’Shea would keep the Lady Cobras close with some huge plays, going coast-to-coast on several occasions and hitting key triple to pull Kilsyth within one with three minutes remaining. Anderson and Olivia Bontempelli both scored to put the Cobras up three, but Hobart tied the game with a 3 of their own with just over a minute remaining. Then Moult, who had been covered tightly all game, broke free for the go-ahead 3 with just a minute remaining, then added another from downtown with just 40 seconds to go to put the game out of reach.

SWINBURNE LADY COBRAS VS LAUNCESTON TORNADOES – 76-68 WIN
Yvonne Anderson (26pts/5reb/3ast/4stl), Sarah Parsons (19pts/15reb/3ast/4stl), Olivia Bontempelli (14pts/2stl/2blk)

Despite shooting just 35% from the field, the Lady Cobras were able to do just enough to sweep their Tasmanian trip. With Moult and O’Shea struggling offensively, Bontempelli provided big minutes off the bench as the Cobras played small-ball for a large portion of the game. Parsons showed her veteran leadership and experience on the second night of a back-to-back, drawing a pair of key offensive fouls late that swung momentum Kilsyth’s way. With the Cobras down one with four minutes remaining, Anderson scored four quick points, then Moult hit her only 3 of the night to put the Cobras up six. Anderson then finished the Tornadoes off with a parade to the foul line, scoring 14 of the final 17 points for Kilsyth.

Sam Woosnam’s team now sits atop the South Conference with a 6-1 record, and will face Geelong in the SEABL ‘Game of the Week’ on Saturday night.

 
SWINBURNE COBRAS VS HOBART CHARGERS –  72-74 LOSS
Tim Lang (21pts/10reb/4ast/3blk), Auryn Macmillan (19pts/11reb), Jackson Brazier (15pts)

Any questions about how long it would take Macmillan to adjust to his new team were quickly dismissed, as he dominated down low with fellow big-man Lang, helping the Cobras to five point lead with three minutes remaining. With Kilsyth in control of the game, Hobart’s Deba George caught fire from deep, hitting three straight 3-pointers to tie the game, and then was fouled on an attempt beyond the arc on the next possession, putting the Chargers ahead for good thanks to his 12 point binge in less than two minutes. The Cobras still had a chance to win, though, but Brazier’s potential game winning 3 was off, and Hobart escaped with a two-point victory. The loss of Joel Naburgs was evident in this one, as the Cobras struggled on the perimeter without their best slasher, in addition to his long distance scooting. Hobart played large amounts of zone, which was effective, holding Kilsyth to 6-24 shooting from deep. Brazier was valiant in his effort to fill the void left by Naburgs, finishing with 15 points in just 19 minutes in a breakout performance.


SWINBURNE COBRAS VS NW TASMANIA THUNDER – 72-90 LOSS
Auryn Macmillan (22pts/7reb), Tim Lang (15pts/9reb), Cameron Johnson (11pts/4ast), Kyle Adnam (10pts), Jackson Brazier (9pts/8reb)

A disastrous stretch in the second quarter of Saturday’s match saw a close game turn into a 19-point deficit at halftime for the Cobras, a hole they could not climb out of en-route to an 18-point loss. Some questionable calls forced Macmillan and Lang to the bench with early foul trouble, and an undersized, inexperienced Cobras lineup struggled to keep touch with the Thunder. Despite back-to-back solid games from Macmillan and Lang, who could become a formidable frontcourt duo, Kilsyth’s perimeter game again faltered, shooting just 4-18 from 3 and missing 13 of their 23 free throw attempts.

The shorthanded Cobras must regroup quickly in preparation for Saturday night’s showdown at Geelong against the Supercats, who top the East standings with a 7-1 record. The Cobras now sit at 4-3, and will need to put together a solid stretch of basketball if they wish to catch South leaders NW Tasmania and Mt Gambier.

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