After a quiet game against Brisbane last week Fernandez Lockett was back to his best punishing the Ballarat defence with 29 points while pulling in 14 rebounds to lead Kilsyth.
Lockett was well support by Tim Lang (14 pts, 6 rbds) and Ryan Bathie (11pts) but the win was all about defence for the Swinburne Cobras as they held Ballarat to just 60 points for the game.
The Swinburne Cobras, especially defensive specialist Quincy Henderson (7 pts, 7 rbds) did an outstanding job shutting down high scoring Miners import Drake Reed (14pts) while Lang again outplayed his opponent holding Jamal Brown to 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Ballarat got an early jump on the Cobras building a 19-13 lead at the first break. Swinburne Cobras Head Coach Grant Wallace addressed his team’s defensive intensity at the opening break and they responded holding the Miners to just 12 points in the second term.
This increased defensive pressure allowed Kilsyth to change the momentum of the game and go into the long break with a five point lead.
This continued in the second half as Bathie opened with a long bomb and suddenly the margin was 11 following another three from Quincy Henderson.
Lockett continued his outstanding game in the third term and Bathie ended the quarter as he began with a three, as the Swinburne Cobras took a comfortable 16 point lead into the final term.
After holding Ballarat to 14 points in the 3rd quarter, defence was again the focus and Kilsyth restricted the Miners to just 15 points in the final term to take out a comfortable 17 point win.
Kilsyth shot at 48% from the field compared to 38% from Ballarat and out rebounded the Miners 38-23 in a dominating display on the boards.
The Swinburne Cobras will now return home for a match up with another conference foe, the Canberra Gunners on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 8.15pm. Kilsyth will be looking to win their second game on the trot in front their home crowd.
Don’t miss the McDonalds Community Basketball Day this Saturday 10 April 2010 from 10am – 2pm at the Kilsyth Sports Centre. Highlights include a clinic with the Swinburne Cobras, 3 on 3 competition, go kart rides and jumping castle rides. For more information click here.
Your Kilsyth Cobras play host to the Eltham Wildcats in the NBL1 Game of the Week on Saturday night. The Cobras look to defend home court in a key late season doubleheader, with the Women needing a win to stay in postseason contention, while the 11-6 Men look to continue their rapid rise up
The Kilsyth Cobra VYC Women and Men have each secured postseason berths, with the VYC Finals tipping-off this weekend. Claire Knight’s Cobra Women clinched the Terrill Conference #4 seed, and will head to Altona to take on the Gators on Saturday night (7.30pm) in an Elimination Final. A win would see the Cobras advance
A primetime NBL1 home showdown and VYC regular season finale highlight a huge weekend of home hoops for your Kilsyth Cobras. The NBL1 Cobras play host to the Waverley Falcons on Saturday night (Women 6pm, Men 8pm), in a key late season doubleheader. The Cobra Women (7-9) take on a Falcons team (8-6) in