SWINBURNE COBRAS vs MT GAMBIER PIONEERS – 79-61 WIN
Tim Lang (25pts/9reb), Kyle Adnam (18pts/5reb/6ast), Auryn Macmillan (15pts/9reb)

Spectacular games from Kyle Adnam, Tim Lang, Auryn Macmillan and Jackson Brazier have propelled to Swinburne Cobras to a stunning home win over league-leading Mt Gambier on Sunday afternoon.

Coming off their worst showing of the 2014 season against Albury-Wodonga and missing their top perimeter scorer in Joel Naburgs, the Cobras came in as a heavy underdog against a Pioneers team loaded with veteran talent. However, a second half clinic by Kilsyth turned a halftime deficit into a blowout, giving the Cobras their biggest win of the season and completing a miraculous turnaround from two days earlier.

Called out by coach Rod Popp for their underwhelming performance on Friday night, the Cobras responded immediately, hanging tough with a physical Mt Gambier team and trailing by just three points at halftime. Gerard Leonard provided a huge first half spark off the bench, scoring eight points on 3-4 shooting, while Adnam and Lang’s inside-out play helped keep Kilsyth close.

While the Cobras were good in the game’s first 20 minutes, what would transpire in the second half surprised everyone in attendance. Kilsyth outscored the Pioneers 24-8 in the third quarter, thanks to two separate 8-0 runs that were sparked by the energetic play of rookie’s Adnam and Brazier. Adnam was electric, slashing to the hoop and whipping no-look passes to Lang and Macmillan at will, while Brazier was in a defensive zone, getting his hand on several loose balls and grabbing big rebounds in traffic.

The Cobras clinic continued into the final period, with Adnam’s dynamic play continuing to create open shots for Macmillan and Lang. Macmillan scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and anchored Kilsyth’s defence on the interior, while Lang added nine key points down the stretch. Adnam would seal the game with two spectacular baskets, getting the Cobras season back on track in the process.

The win moves Rod Popp’s team to 11-7 on the season, putting them two games clear of Bendigo for third place in the South Conference. They will face cross-town rivals Knox on Saturday night at the State Basketball Centre, with tip-off scheduled for 8.00pm.

NOTES: The Cobras improved to 2-3 without Naburgs…Macmillan is averaging a career-high 16.0ppg…Lang attempted a season-high 24 field goals.

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