The Dandenong Rangers hosted the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras Saturday in Round 14 of SEABL competition.  The Rangers entered both matchups as the heavy favourites.  Their first place position in the East pool and their home court advantage stacked up in their favor against the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras.  However, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras entered the games with every intention of overcoming the odds and pulling out a win.  In the end, the Lady Rangers were able to outlast the Swinburne Lady Cobras for the victory whilst the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras succeeded in stealing a win away from the Rangers.

After 11 consecutive wins, the Swinburne Lady Cobras saw their streak snapped by the 14-4 Lady Rangers.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras were without leading scorer Chantella Perera for the second weekend in a row and her absence was felt on the floor as the Lady Rangers wore down the Swinburne Lady Cobras in the four quarters of play.  In a first quarter that contained 12 lead changes, Kristen Barnes paced the Swinburne Lady Cobras, scoring ten of her points in the period.  The shots fired back and forth between the teams before the Lady Rangers took a slim five point lead at quarter time.  

The Lady Rangers built up a nine point lead in the first minute of the second quarter before the Swinburne Lady Cobras fought back to get within two points at the half time, 46-44.  In the second half, the Lady Rangers started to develop their momentum and the Swinburne Lady Cobras could not keep up.  Led by Stephanie Cumming, who ended the night with game high 18 points, the Lady Rangers pulled away from the Swinburne Lady Cobras one basket at a time.  Their defensive pressure jarred the Swinburne Lady Cobras and forced them into 19 turnovers which gave the Lady Rangers ten more shot opportunities. 

While still only behind by single digits to start the last period of play, the Lady Rangers went on a 15-2 run to build a 20 point lead and secure the win.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras were defeated 63-78, making it just their third loss this season.  Kristen Barnes and Hayley Moffatt again led the team in scoring, with 19 and 16 points respectively.

The Swinburne Lady Cobras’ next game is at home this Saturday 7 July 2012 on Hugh McMenamin Court.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras host the Launceston Tornadoes with tip off at 6:15pm.

Under the pressure of making it into post-season play, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras have yet again risen to the occasion and pulled off a major upset against first place Dandenong Rangers.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras seem to have turned a corner and are back to their winning ways as they collected their third straight victory in SEABL competition.  With the win, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras improved their record to 9-10 and are in sixth place on the South Conference ladder and in good position to make a late season run. 

In the first quarter, it seemed that the Rangers were going to make haste of the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras.  A few costly turnovers by the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras translated into easy scores for the Rangers and the home team ran out to a quick 27-19 lead.  Coach Grant Wallace called a time out two minutes into the second quarter after the Rangers had extended their lead to 12 points and settled his team down.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras returned to the floor and began to find their rhythm behind the shooting of Auryn Macmillan.  Macmillan scored the next seven straight points for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras as they narrowed the gap to just three at halftime, 41-44.

The Rangers fought for control in the third period, but the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras managed to stay in the game.  Entering the fourth quarter, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were down seven points and needing to find a spark to get their game back on track.  Their defensive pressure was that spark and the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras tightened up their play in the backcourt to force the Ranges into turnovers and only allow seven points in the ten minute period.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras’ fantastic late game surge resulted in a 31-7 fourth quarter to rob the game away from the Rangers. 

Tim Lang and Auryn Macmillan did a number in the post, helping to get the advantage on the rebound margin and each contributed 18 points in the win.  Garfield Blair led the team with 23 points and Zach Malvik scored 11 points and had 6 assists.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras’ next game is at home this Saturday 7 July 2012 on Hugh McMenamin Court.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras host the North West Tasmania Thunder with tip off at 8:15pm.

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