Fernandez Lockett (25pts, 7 rbds, 5/9 3pt) had his best game of the Season as the Swinburne Cobras hit 13/30 (43%) from the 3 point line to secure the win.
With Tim Lang (14pts, 8rbds), Ryan Bathie (13pts), Matt O’Hea (12pts, 7rbds) and Quincy Henderson (12pts, 7rbds) all scoring in double figures, it was Kilsyth’s balance scoring that paved the way for their 19th win.
In a high scoring opening term Kilsyth fought their way to a 26-22 lead with Lockett hitting three times from behind the arc. Not to be outdone Nathan Herbert (24pts, 8rbds) had 12 points of his own to keep Geelong in the contest.
Scoring became harder in the second term as both teams picked up their defensive intensity. Geelong managed to cut into the Swinburne Cobras lead but it was only by two as Kilsyth led 41-39 at the long break.
The game again opened up in the third term with Kilsyth able to extend their lead back to four following some hot shooting from behind the arc. Kilsyth hit seven three’s for the term, the last coming from Lockett with 19 seconds remaining.
Leading 68-64 going into the final term Kilsyth again stepped up their defensive efforts. In a low scoring quarter the Swinburne Cobras held the Supercats to just 15 points to secure the five point win.
The Swinburne Cobras were able to win all the important stats, out rebounding Geelong 36-31 while shooting at 79% from the free throw line compared to 63%.
The Swinburne Cobras will now prepare for the first semi final against Bendigo next Saturday night 8 August 2010. Tip off time and ticket details will be announced via www.cobras.net.au as soon as they are available.
Up for grabs will be a home conference final, something the Swinburne Cobras have not secured since their last Championship in 1999.
Stay tuned to www.cobras.net.au on Monday 2 August as the Swinburne Cobras make a major announcement in the lead up to their home semi final.
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