CJ Massingale (31pts) got Knox off to an explosive start in the opening term with 16 points as the Raiders jumped ahead 17-8 half way through the quarter.

When Defensive Player of the Year Quincy Henderson picked up his second foul the game look as if it could break open with Massingale on fire. But the Cobras picked up their intensity at the defensive end and Joe Werner had 7 points in 2 minute to keep the Cobras in touch.

Michael Wheeler hit a three point bucket close to the quarter time siren and the Cobras trailed 26-21. 

Coach Grant Wallace urged his team to commit to defensive stops at the quarter time break and the team responded holding Knox to just 17 points for the quarter. Despite the lift on defensive Kilsyth were only able to score 13 at the offensive end and went into the half time break with a 9 point deficit.

Tim Lang (14pts, 5rbds) and Werner continued to dominate their opponents at the offensive end but were forced to provide additional help at the defensive end allowing Lester Strong (12pts, 8rbds) and John Phillip (10pts, 8rbds) to hit big buckets.

After Michael Hill hit two free throws 2 minutes into the 3rd the margin was 12 points and Kilsyth again had to wrestle themselves back into the game.  Joe Werner again had a streak scoring 7 points in just over a minute to reduce the margin to 3 and put the Cobras back in the contest.

Both teams went basket for basket in the final part of the third term with the Cobras getting within a single point before Knox again pulled away.

Within 3 points close to the 3 quarter time break, Wheeler pulled in an offensive rebound from Lang’s missed free throw to give the Cobras a chance of pulling closer. 

But Nick Payne stole the ball with 6 seconds remaining and in a scramble Mick Hill (14pts, 7rbds, 5ass) hit a 3 point shot on the buzzer to extend the Knox lead to 6 points at the final change.

Massingale once again caught fire in the final period scoring 11 points at Knox continued to build their lead.

In a fiery final minutes the game got physical but Knox had already built a unattainable margin and went on to win by 16 points.  The Raiders will now travel to Brisbane for the Conference Final while the Cobras will begin their off-season.

Stay tuned to www.cobras.net.au for all the Cobras off-season news.

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