Hobart is traditional one of the toughest road trips in the League with the Charges rarely losing over the past three years. It was the Swinburne Cobras first win in Hobart since their famous 2007 Preliminary Final victory.
Matt O’Hea (19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) and Tim Lang (18pts, 9 rbds) lead the way for the Cobras continuing their good pre-season form.
Hobart jumped out to an early lead in the opening term after import Chuck Long (16pts, 8rbds) connected from downtown, but a series of three’s from Fernandez Lockett (13pts, 7rbds) and Matt O’Hea quickly had the Cobras back in touch.
Scores were tied going into the second term as the Charges new import Brendan Polk (24 pts, 16rbds) began to find his rythem. The Cobras were forced to counter and Ryan Bathie (13pts, 5rbds) found his range hitting from downtown.
Hobart jumped the Cobras in the third pushing the margin out to six points before O’Hea and Lang helped pull the margin back to a single point at the final change.
Kilsyth looked to have hit their straps in the final term building an 11 point lead half way through the quarter but five consecutive and unanswered scores by Hobart saw their lead cut to just a single point with two minutes to play.
Hobart were able to take the lead back with just 27 seconds to play after another Chuck Long three but Tim Lang scored from down low with 16 secs to play to seal the Swinburne Cobras hard fought one point win.
The Swinburne Cobras will now travel to Devonport to take on the NW Tasmanian Thunder (tonight) before returning home next weekend to take on Knox (Road – Saturday) and Albury (Home – Sunday 21 March 2010).
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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