SWINBURNE COBRAS vs KNOX RAIDERS – 64-75 LOSS

Tim Lang (23pts/11reb), Auryn Macmillan (14pts/16reb), Kyle Adnam (13pts/3ast)
 

Poor shooting and a slow start were too much for the Swinburne Cobras to overcome on Saturday night, falling to Knox 64-75. With Knox sitting in a zone for the majority of the game, Kilsyth were unable to make them pay, shooting just 5/28 from deep and 37% from the field overall.

Just as they did one-week prior on the road against Albury-Wodonga, Kilsyth struggled to get going early, shooting just 6/17 from the field and trailing 17-21 after 10 minutes. The worst was yet to come though; the Raiders full court press had the Cobras totally out of sync in the second quarter, with Kilsyth committing nine turnovers in the period and trailing by 12 points at halftime. 

The Cobras turned their defence up in the third period, holding the Raiders to just 12 points, and Kyle Adnam and Tim Lang combined for 14 points to trim a 15-point deficit to just four points.

Knox would respond though, pushing the lead back out to 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Adnam would continue his hot shooting, making a pair of tough, contested jumpers and Lang scored inside to cut the lead back to just five points. Auryn Macmillan would score the next eight points for Kilsyth, brining the Cobras to within 63-66 with 1:06 remaining.

Needing a defensive stop to potentially tie the game, the Cobras were called for a questionable foul call, with the Raiders Justin Aver making a pair from the line to give Knox a five-point buffer. That was the last straw for Kilsyth; Joel Naburgs capping an evening to forget by missing another open jumper and the Raiders would seal the game from the line, handing the Cobras their second shock loss in as many weeks. 

Rod Popp’s team falls to 11-8 on the season, still third in the South Conference but just 2.0 games ahead of fourth-placed Bendigo, They will host the Braves this Saturday night in a matchup with possible finals implications, with tip-off scheduled for 8.15pm.

NOTES: Naburgs’ nine points and two rebounds were both season lows…after turning the ball over just seven times in his last 272 minutes of play, Adnam had a season-high five turnovers on Saturday night…Lang recorded his sixth double-double of the season…Macmillan’s 16 rebounds were a season-high.

 

SWINBURNE LADY COBRAS vs KNOX RAIDERS – 68-50 WIN
Yvonne Anderson (21pts/10reb/3ast), Louella Tomlinson (15pts/5reb/4ast/2stl/5blk), Rosie Moult (12pts/10reb/3ast)

A big third quarter surge has propelled the Lady Cobras to an 18-point win over rivals Knox and helped Kilsyth reclaim the Cystic Fibrosis Cup. 

With Yvonne Anderson the only Cobra to find her rhythm early on, Kilsyth led by just three-points after one period of play. Centre Louella Tomlinson was hindered by foul trouble in the first half, but Anderson, Sarah Parsons and Rosie Moult would carry the Lady Cobras in the second quarter, scoring all 20 of Kilsyth’s points to keep them afloat and leading 35-31 at the break.


Struggling to shake a pesky Raiders team, the Lady Cobras locked in on the defensive end after halftime, suffocating Knox in the third period and going on a game defining run. Kilsyth held Knox to just 1/12 shooting for the quarter, while also forcing six turnovers. Their swarming defence fueled a 15-3 run, with Anderson, Moult and Tomlinson combining for all 17 Kilsyth points in the quarter.


With their dominant defensive performance in the third quarter, the Lady Cobras had totally dismantled the Raiders offensive flow, as Knox’s scoring struggles continued over the game’s final 10 minutes. Tomlinson would snuff out any hopes of a Raiders comeback, swatting away multiple shots and scoring seven fourth-quarter points to help secure a sweep of the season series.

Despite a sub-par opening half, the Lady Cobras final 20 minutes was a clinic on the defensive end. Australian Opal Gabe Richards was held to just 12 points and committed five turnovers; third leading scorer Jess May had more turnovers than points; and the Raiders as a team had as many turnovers (19) as made baskets.

The win moves Sam Woosnam’s team to 13-5, keeping on par with Bendigo and Frankston for the South Conference’s best record. However, the three-way tie will be broken this weekend, with the Cobras set to host Bendigo on Saturday night in a game that could see Kilsyth take sole possession of first place with a win or drop to third place with a loss.

It is the biggest game of the season to date for the Lady Cobras, as well as the night in which we celebrate Sarah Parsons playing 200 SEABL games for Kilsyth. Sarah will be honoured prior to the game (approx. 6.05pm) with a scheduled tip-off for 6.15pm.

NOTES: Anderson recorded her first SEABL double-double and her best scoring output since June 14 against Sandringham…Tomlinson now has 11 blocks in her last two games and is averaging a league-leading 3.2bpg…Moult recorded her third double-double of the season.

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