SWINBURNE COBRAS vs DANDENONG RANGERS – 79-81 LOSS
Tim Lang (24pts/5reb/7ast), Joel Naburgs (17pts/7reb/6ast), Kyle Adnam (17pts/5ast), Auryn Macmillan (13pts/10reb)

A steal and layup by Dandenong’s Owen Odigie with 1.5 seconds remaining has handed the Swinburne Cobras a crushing 79-81 loss to the league’s best Rangers.

With scores locked at 79, Kilsyth’s Kyle Adnam had a chance to win the game and end Dandenong’s 10-game win streak. As he crossed over to make his move to the hoop, the ball deflected off Odigie’s foot, rolling down to the other end of the court where the athletic Dandenong forward picked up the loose ball and made a tough layup while being fouled by Adnam. He intentionally missed the free throw and time ran out, extending Dandenong’s streak to 11-games.

The Cobras were in control late in the game, with Adnam singlehandedly taking over the game. They lead 77-70 after the rookie hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 4:23 remaining, but that would be their last field goal of the night. Dandenong’s Brent Hobba then caught fire, with the veteran big man hitting three consecutive 3-pointers in less than 90 seconds to put the Rangers up 79-78. Joel Naburgs then split a pair from the foul line to tie the game and both teams would trade empty possessions for the next two minutes, with Odigie’s game winner breaking the drought.

In what was one of the games of the season, the Cobras started out hot. Naburgs converted a 3-point play just three seconds into the game and Kilsyth raced to an early 8-2 lead, but the Rangers would quickly erase their early deficit and lead 27-22 at quarter time.

The Cobras tied the game at 46 heading into the half, thanks to hot shooting by Kilsyth’s Tim Lang and Joel Naburgs, who combined for 28 first half points. Dandenong’s star import Tony Lewis carried the Rangers early on, outmuscling the Cobras inside en-route to 17 points in the game’s first 20 minutes.

Lang would keep it rolling in the third quarter, scoring 10 points to help Kilsyth to a 66-62 lead. With Darren Perry’s team struggling to guard the Cobras man to man, the Rangers turned to a zone for the final quarter with great success, limiting Kilsyth to just 13-points and riding the heroics of Hobba and Odigie to spoil what would have been the Cobras biggest win of the season.

Though they were nearly unstoppable early on, Lang and Naburgs faded late, with the Rangers zone holding them to a combined one point in the fourth quarter. Lang finished with a season-high seven assists, while Naburgs added six. Adnam carried Kilsyth late to finish with 17 points and five assists, while Auryn Macmillan recorded another double-double.

SWINBURNE COBRAS vs BALLARAT MINERS – 79-92 LOSS
Tim Lang (21pts/11reb/3ast), Gerard Leonard (13pts/4reb), Auryn Macmillan (10pts/6reb)

Still feeling the effects of an emotional loss the night before, the Swinburne Cobras stumbled out of the gates at Ballarat, falling into a big hole early on and never recovering to lose 79-92.

Though Kilsyth’s bench made the score respectable late, they were never close to seriously threatening a red-hot Miners team that rode big games from guards Nathan Sobey and Dyricus Edwards, who combined for 56 points and eight 3-pointers.

Kyle Adnam was limited with an injury, playing just six minutes, while Joel Naburgs had his worst shooting night of the season. Veteran Gerard Leonard provided some life with a season-high tying 13 points, but it wasn’t enough, with the sluggish Cobras stumbling to one of their worst losses of the season on the second night of a back-to-back weekend.

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