It was a huge weekend for Kilsyth winning all four SEABL games, Saturday night saw the both the Swinburne Lady Cobras and the Swinburne Cobras defeat Sandringham in Sandringham before returning home on Sunday afternoon to defeat the Brisbane Lady Spartans and the Mt Gambier Pioneers.
With just four rounds remaining the Swinburne Lady Cobras knew that two wins on the weekend would sure up their position in play-offs.
Saturday night’s four point win against the bottom placed Sandringham Lady Sabres was a much tighter affair than expected from a team that has only won the one game for the Season.
The Lady Sabres played an aggressive defence that caught the Swinburne Lady Cobras off guard in a game that was tightly contested through-out. Kilsyth led by two points at the end of the first quarter and took the same margin into half time.
Poor shooting from the field in the second half (33.35%) saw the Swinburne Lady Cobras unable to capitalize on their opportunities and despite leading for all but 31 minutes of the game were trailing with just 1:45 left on the clock.
Luckily for Kilsyth they were put into the bonus and shot truly from the foul line to take the game 67-63. Eva Afeaki (18pts, 13rbds, 3 as, 2bl, 2stl) was the Swinburne Lady Cobras best with a double-double. Chantella Perera (20pts, 8rbds) and Hayley Moffatt (15pts, 9rbds) also reached double figures.
Coming in to Sunday afternoon’s game both the Swinburne Lady Cobras and the Brisbane lady Spartans were coming of tough games the night before, Brisbane going down by 13 points to Geelong.
After a bit of a wakeup call the night before the Swinburne Lady Cobras started the game in full control dominating the boards (12-5) to take a 29-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Spartans shot at 61.5% from the field in the second quarter making the most of their chances and limiting the damage, The Swinburne Lady Cobras however had six more scoring opportunities to extend their lead to 17 points at half time.
In the opening couple of minutes of the third term Brisbane had managed to bring the margin back to 10 points however some quick baskets from Eva Afeaki and Chantella Perera ensured that Kilsyth maintained the ascendency, it was the final yelp from the Lady Spartans as the Swinburne Lady Cobras extended their lead to 27points, come three quarter time.
The final term saw both sides shoot poorly from the field, with Brisbane only managing to drop 2 form 10 baskets; Kilsyth had the luxury of playing their bench in the final term running out 30 point winners, 87-57.
Chantella Perera (6rbds, 6as) and Eva Afeaki (13rbds, 6stl) both top scored with 25 points, while Hayley Moffatt also reached double figures finishing the game with 16 points.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras now host Nunawading this Saturday night August 6; tip-off Swinburne is 6:15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
Both Kilsyth and Sandringham were third in their respective conferences coming into Saturday night’s game, the Swinburne Cobras dominated from the three point line to edge out Sandringham by 14 points at Sandringham Basketball Stadium.
Sandringham took an early four point lead after dominating the boards 15-8; the Swinburne Cobras took control in the second quarter form the three-point line (3-6) to lead by two points at half time.
The third quarter was hotly contested with Kilsyth managing to get out to a nine point lead half-way thru before Sandringham pulled the margin back after two quick baskets from Kye Patrick; the Swinburne Cobras extended their lead by two, to lead by 5 points going into the final term.
The last quarter was all Kilsyth’s as they shot at 92.3% accuracy. In his first game back from injury, captain Quincy Henderson shot eight of his 12 points in the final term including two fantastic three pointers to really break open the game. The Swinburne Cobras outscored Sandringham 25-16 in the last to win 88-74.
Tim Lang found his shooting range to top score with 20 points he also pulled down 11 boards, Matt O’Hea (19pts, 3as), Tariq Naqqash (14pts, 4as, 4stl) Zach Malvik (14pts, 6as) and Quincy Henderson (12pts) also reached double figures.
Like the Swinburne Lady Cobras, the Swinburne Cobras returned to home for Sunday afternoon’s match against the Mt Gambier Pioneers, Mt Gambier were dealt a 33 point loss at the hand of Geelong the night before and knew that another loss would result in their play-off chances fading.
The first half saw neither side dominate, however some fantastic three point shooting from Quincy Henderson at the beginning of the second quarter and Tariq Naqqash at the end of the second saw Kilsyth take an eight point lead at half time.
The third term was all Kilsyth’s as they dominated the play outscoring the Pioneers 25-5, to lead by 28 points going into the final term. The Swinburne Cobras were able to play their bench for extended periods in the last as they ran out the game 34 point winners.
Tariq Naqqash was named as MVP after shooting 7-12 at the three point line to top-score for Kilsyth with 24 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Zach Malvik shot 16 of his 18 point in the third term, Tim Lang (17pts, 6rbds, 3as) and Quincy Henderson (14pts, 5rdbs, 3as) also reached double figures.
Kilsyth now host Nunawading this Saturday night August 6, tip-off Swinburne Cobras is 8:15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
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