Ryan Bathie (36pts, 15/20 FG, 7 rbds) had his best game for the season, as Ballarat struggled to contain the versatile Swinburne Cobras line up, with Fernandez Lockett (17pts, 10rbds) and Tim Lang (11pts) also scoring in double figures.
Kilsyth looked a lot freshier in the opening term with Ballarat making the trip to the Snakepit after taking on Knox at home on Saturday night. The Swinburne Cobras took advantage of the slow starting Miners building a 26-17 first quarter lead.
Ballarat stayed with Kilsyth in the second term as Drake Reed (23pts, 14 rbds) and Jared Scoines (16pts) continued their good season form. With Quincy Henderson (9pts) in foul trouble Reed began to look dangerous and the Miners gave themselves a shot going into the second half.
But Matt O’Hea (7pts, 8ass) ensured the Swinburne Cobras stayed in front during the third term, finding his open teammates on numerous occassions. Both teams made runs during the quarter with the margin out to as much as 12 points with two minutes to go, before Ballarat cut it to eight on the final possession of the quarter.
Kilsyth quickly ensured they would secure their eight win of the season after Bathie hit a three to extend the margin to 15 early in the fourth.
The margin change only slightly with Kilsyth winning by 13 points. Kilsyth will be hoping Quincy Henderson will recover quickly, after being taken to hospital during the final quarter for stitches in his lip after taking a charge against Jamal Brown.
Kilsyth shot at an impressive 54% from the field compared to 44% from the Miners but lost the rebound count 36-33.
The Swinburne Cobras take to the road next weekend, taking on the Frankston Blues at 8.00pm before returning home on Sunday 30 May 2010 at take on the Geelong Supercats at 12.30pm.
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