US import Dain Swetalla has suffered a left foot injury that will require surgery, forcing him to miss the remainder of the 2014 SEABL season.

Swetalla suffered the injury against the Brisbane Spartans on April 12 but was able to continue playing before fouling out.

Swetalla was off to a strong start in 2014, amongst the league leaders in rebounding (9.6rpg), in addition to being one of the best passing big men in the league (3.6apg). Swetalla added 12 points per game, doing all his work in than 29 minutes per contest. What Swetalla’s numbers don’t show, though, was his leadership and versatility on both ends of the floor — able to post up and knock down the 3, while guarding on the perimeter or anchoring the defense down low.

“It is an unfortunate situation” said Swetalla. “It is something that no athlete wants to experience, but it is part of sports, and you deal with it and move on.”

“I’d like to thank the Kilsyth organisation, coaching staff, teammates, and the fans who have been extremely supportive while helping me throughout this process. I wish the boys all the best the remainder of the season and will continue to support them in any way possible.”

Swetalla’s injury adds to a nightmare fortnight for the Cobras, with teammate Joel Naburgs out for at least two more games following hand surgery.

Said Coach Rod Popp on Swetalla’s injury: “Dain’s injury is very unfortunate, as he was fitting in very well with the current playing group and had shown the potential to really help us this season.” 

With two of the Cobras ‘Big-3’ now out, leading scorer Tim Lang will look to shoulder even more of the scoring load, while fellow big-man Auryn Macmillan will help fill the void left by Swetalla for this week before departing for the US.

“Injuries are part of the sport and the team will make the adjustment to the loss and move forward” added Popp. The team wishes Dain all the best and thank him for his contributions to the group.”

In addition to his contributions as a player, Swetalla has been just as important as a coach, running several clinics and camps for aspiring young basketballers in the Kilsyth area. Dain’s tremendous enthusiasm was well received by those he coached.

The Club is exploring options to replace Swetalla for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Kilsyth Basketball wishes Dain all the best for his surgery and recovery, and thank him for his outstanding contributions to both the Cobras and the Kilsyth Basketball community.