AGL COBRA WOMEN vs RINGWOOD – 62-63 LOSS
Bree Mackenzie (23pts/6reb) Hannah Taulien (10pts/4reb)

Despite a big game from Mackenzie, the AGL Cobras again fell short against the Ringwood Hawks, 63-62. Trailing by eight at halftime, Kilsyth clawed their way back to tie the game heading into the final period. The Cobras carried that momentum late into the fourth, building a 62-57 lead with under four minutes remaining. However, they were shut out the rest of the way, despite three go-ahead attempts in the final seconds.

With the loss, the women drop to 4-4 and into sixth place in the Watson Conference, but just 1.5 games out of fourth place.

 

AGL COBRAS vs WAVERLEY FALCONS – 75-58 WIN
Jorden Adnam (19pts/8reb), Regan Grimwood (12pts/8reb/7ast/5stl), Adi Tomada (11pts/6reb/6ast/4stl), Daniel Jensen (11pts/9reb)

Cold shooting from the field and free throw line was not enough to stop the Cobras, as they again displayed their defensive dominance in a 17-point win over the Waverley Falcons. The game had a familiar feel to it, as the Cobras held a team under 60 points for the fourth time this season, while again dominating on the inside. Kilsyth had a massive 19-5 edge on the offensive boards and a 44-30 rebounding edge overall. Regan Grimwood and Adi Tomada were pests defensively, combining for 9 steals as the Cobras forced 19 turnovers as a team. With no one playing over 30 minutes, coach Pete Godfrey again got solid contributions from his bench. Adnam built on his big game against Nunawading last week, while also building a reputation as the leagues best sixth man.

The Cobras are now 7-0, sitting comfortably atop the Watson Conference.  

 

SWINBURNE LADY COBRAS vs BRISBANE SPARTANS – 88-75 WIN
Rosie Moult (23pts/4reb/3ast/5stl), Sarah Parsons (18pts/7reb/6ast), Yvonne Anderson (17pts/5reb/5ast), Jordyn O’Shea (14pts/3reb/3ast)

The Lady Cobras looked to be in for long night against the Spartans, falling behind 9-0 just minutes into the game. Moult then caught fire with four first quarter 3-pointers, helping Kilsyth to a quarter time lead they would not give up. While Moult was covered tightly in the second half, Parsons and Anderson stepped up big for the Cobras. Despite an off night from the field for Anderson, she was able to repeatedly get to the line, converting 12 of her 13 freebies. Coach Sam Woosnam’s decision to move O’Shea to the bench paid off, as she went 6-12 from the field for 14 points, while Olivia Bontempelli started well in her place, adding eight points in 18 minutes. Kilsyth moved the ball beautifully all night, assisting on 20 of their 30 baskets and producing a very entertaining, high quality brand of basketball.

The Lady Cobras now stand at 4-1, tied for first place with Frankston in the South Conference.

 

SWINBURNE COBRAS vs BRISBANE SPARTANS – 78-75 WIN
Tim Lang (27pts/8reb), Joel Naburgs (19pts/3reb/3ast), Gerard Leonard (13pts/7reb), Dain Swetalla (11pts/7reb)

Gerard Leonard hit a game winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Swinburne Cobras a thrilling come from behind win over the Spartans. With Kilsyth down by three with 33 seconds left, Lang hit a tough, contested triple to tie the game. Scott Kenny then went one-on-one against Naburgs on Brisbane’s final possession, only to have his three-point attempt blocked. Dan Tomada rebounded the miss, raced up court and found Leonard for the winner, sending the crowd into a frenzy. With Swetalla fouling out midway through the final period, Leonard took over as he has so many times in the past, scoring eight points over the final six minutes.

Similar to the Lady Cobras before them, the men started this one slowly, falling behind by 10 in the first quarter. Naburgs got things going for Kilsyth with a monster two-handed flush, and then added another late in the quarter to give the Cobras some life. Before Swetalla’s exit from the game, he was able to hit one of the biggest shots of the night; a pull-up jumper from just inside half court which pulled the Cobras to within four at halftime. Kilsyth built on that momentum in the third period, putting on a dazzling offensive display and outscoring the Spartans 27-16. Brisbane would not roll over, though, retaking a five-point lead in the final minutes before Lang and Leonard’s heroics saved the day for the Cobras.

With blowout wins to start the season, Kilsyth was able to pass its first true test at home, and move their record to 4-1, good for third in the South Conference.

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