Kilsyth looked like being blown away early as the Colonels raced out to a 14-6 lead. With Australian Ryan Bathie (22pts, 10rbds) leading the way for Nicholls State it looked like being a tough night at the office for the Cobras.
Nicholls State were unable to extend the lead by quarter time as the Cobras pulled it back to go into the first quarter down 6. Adam Jackson (23pts, 9/14 FG) was on fire for Kilsyth scoring on both the back cut and from mid range.
The Cobras struggled to defend the quick Nicholls State guards in the 2nd term as their dribble penetration created some easy buckets. Kilsyth went into the half down 11 pts and were again searching for answer. But with five Colonels on three fouls a piece the Cobras look set for a big 3rd quarter.
Jon Croft (12pts, 9 rbds) and Joe Werner (11pts, 16rbds) got Kilsyth going in the 3rd quarter and were able to reduce the margin to just five points going into the last change. Another of Nicholls State’s Aussies kept the score board ticking over for the Colonels as Anatoly Bose finished with 17 pts.
Kilsyth closed the gap in the 4th forcing the game into overtime with another Adam Jackson back cut. Nicholls State got the jump in OT and the Cobras couldn’t draw back the margin going down by 5. DJ Taylor fouled out late in OT but finish with 14 pts for the Cobras and provided tough contest for the travelling Colonels.
Coach Grant Wallace praised the Colonels defensive intensity and ability to get to the rack, “Coach Piper has done an excellent job with his team they play hard at the defensive end and are explosive off the dribble. I was especially impressed with Australian Ryan Bathie, it is fantastic to see an Aussie player making an impact in the US.”
“The game proved a great opportunity to play some of our younger guys providing them with some valuable experience. We are looking forward to rekindling the US College-SEABL exhibition games going into the future for both the men and women. It provides a unique spectacle for the basketball community something we at Kilsyth aim to foster.”
The International Exhibition was a great success for Kilsyth and we look forward to more US College teams visiting Kilsyth for games in the future to play against our SEABL men and women.
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