Joe Werner continued the form that made him an All Star in 2008 with 27 points and 23 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as four Spartans players scored over 20 points including former Cobra Ash Cannan who led Brisbane with 23.

Kilsyth started well in the opening term with Werner dominating on the boards.  The Cobras out rebounded the Spartans 23-9 and took a 23-21 quarter time lead.

In a high scoring 2nd term Brisbane went on a roll outscoring the Cobras 40-30 to lead by 8 at the major break. Kilsyth again controlled the rebound count but with 7 turnovers for the quarter they gave Brisbane too many opportunities to score.

Gerard Leonard (21pts) was made one of three long bombs in the 3rd term but Brisbane took 13 more shots for the quarter and went to the free throw line 11 more times to extend the lead beyond 20. Brisbane had 9 offensive rebounds while the Cobras turned the ball over another 9 times to give the Spartans control of the game.

The Cobras picked up the scoring rate in the final term but were unable to contain the explosive Spartans line up as they ran out 23 point winners.  Kilsyth pulled in an amazing 65 rebounds compared to 45 but it was the 33-10 turnover count that was the difference in the game.

The Swinburne Cobras return home this Saturday night to take on the Geelong Supercats, with both teams sitting a .500 this is sure to be a great contest.

This game is the start of the Cobras most important stretch of the season where they play 9 games over the next 5 weeks including a trip to Tasmania.  They will need to go at least 5-4 over this stretch to keep themselves in finals contention.

The game tips off against Geelong at 8.15pm Saturday 2 May 2009.