The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras continued their winning ways with a 13 point win over the Nunawading Spectres on Saturday night and extended their winning streak to six points.
After knocking of Bendigo two weeks ago, the Swinburne Cobras were ready to defeat another championship favourite in the Nunawading Spectres. With third position all locked up Kilsyth was keen to prove to the large crowd that they have what it takes to be considered a threat in 2011.
Nunawading jumped out to a four point lead early in the first quarter before a huge dunk from Auryn MacMillan had the crowd on their feet. The Spectres managed to keep their noses in front for the majority of the first quarter until a put back basket on the buzzer from Tim Mulhall gave the Swinburne Cobras a one point lead.
The lead changed 10 times in a hotly contested second quarter, with neither side able to pull away. Nunawading looked set to go into half time with the lead however the Swinburne Cobras were deadly at the three point line in the final two minutes of the quarter, Quincy Henderson bagged two before Auryn MacMillan shot truly and then with just two seconds left before half time Tariq Naqqash shot his first three point basket to give Kilsyth a four point lead.
The Swinburne Cobras made all the play in the first five minutes of the third before the Spectres came back to take the lead and ensure that the quarter was not one sided. Just like the second quarter Kilsyth refused to go away and stole back the lead in the final minutes thanks to some more fantastic three point shooting from Tariq Naqqash and Matt O’Hea to lead by five points going into the final term.
The final term was all Kilsyth’s their defence putting a stop to any Nunawading comeback; Tim Lang was outstanding in the last scoring 11 of his 20 points. In an all-round team performance the Swinburne Cobras won the last quarter 24-16 to take the game 85-72.
Auryn MacMillan was named MVP after a superb game that included three dunks, 18 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three assists. Tim Lang (20pts, 5rbds, 3as, 3blk), Zach Malvik (15pts, 5rbds, 5as) and Matt O’Hea (12pts, 5rbds, 3as) also made double figures.
The Swinburne Cobras face the Canberra Gunners next Saturday night August 13 in their final home game for the regular season; tip-off is at the unusual time of 6:15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5
Our Kilsyth Junior Cobras teams for the 2024 VJBL season have been announced. Congratulations to all of our new and returning Cobras on their selections — and for those who have missed out this season, we hope to see you back next year. See below for our 2024 teams as well as important uniform, registration