Kilsyth (1-1) were without Matt O’Hea, Tim Lang and Ryan Bathie, who all returned to Melbourne on Saturday morning for the Tigers NBL Presentation Night.
Missing their three starters the Cobras suited up just eight players including rookies Adam Knott, Aaron Reinbott, David Moore and James Denton.
Fernandez Lockett (26pts, 10rbds), DJ Taylor (16pts, 7rbds), Tim Mulhall (12pts, 6rbds) and Quincy Henderson (10pts, 7 rbds, 5 ass) all made solid contributions for Kilsyth but a dominating performance by new Thunder import Michael Martin (37pts, 8rbds, 6/10 3pt) proved the difference.
A great start from veteren DJ Taylor saw the Cobras take a one point lead into the first break but it was a sign of things to come for the Thunder as Martin had nine first quarter points.
The second term was another close one after an early run by NW Tasmania, Martin hit three consecutive baskets from downtown to help build an eight point lead for the home side.
But Cobras import Fernandez Lockett was not to be outdone, he had 10 points of his own in the second term to help Kilsyth draw level at the long break.
Kilsyth began the second half well and lead with three minutes remaining in the third quarter but back to back baskets from the McGaffin brothers allowed the Thunder to gain the advantage.
Down six at the final change, the Cobras got within two points early in the final term but were unable to close it out in the final quarter as Michael Martin and Ben Armstrong (19pts, 8 ass) led the Thunder to a 14 points win.
Don’t miss the Swinburne Cobras home opener next Sunday 21 March 2010 as the take on Albury/Wodonga at 2.30pm following the Lady Cobras game against Hobart at 12.30pm.
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