The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras had a poor showing in Round 17 of SEABL competition and went down in all three games to their opponents.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras collected their third straight loss as they were defeated by cross town rivals Knox Raiders 54-41 and the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras suffered two losses as they fell to Mt. Gambier Friday night 83-74 and then to the Raiders on Saturday 83-61 in the Battle for the Ashes Trophy. 

The Ashes Trophy, a remembrance of the fire that destroyed Club Kilsyth in 2005, will stay with the Knox Raiders for one more year as both their women’s and men’s team were victorious against the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras in their final match-up of the 2012 season.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras tipped off Saturday night on Hugh McMenamin Court to a full house as the stands were packed for the highly anticipated game.  With Knox’s line up in full force and the Swinburne Lady Cobras’ still missing key player in Chantella Perera, the Lady Cobras entered the game as underdogs. 

Hayley Moffatt helped the Swinburne Lady Cobras get out to an early lead as she connected for seven quick points in the first quarter to put the team up 13-6 at the 3:15 mark.  But the Lady Raiders stormed back and cooled off the Swinburne Lady Cobras’ shooting form as they went on a 10-1 run to end the period.  The two teams stayed within a basket of each other for the remainder of the half and at the break the Lady Raiders had edged the Swinburne Lady Cobras out by five points at 27-22. 

The Swinburne Lady Cobras struggled to find open looks at the basket in the second half and were troubled with poor passes as the Knox Raiders took control of the game under the leadership of Kelly Wilson and Amy Denson (14 points and 12 points each). 

Only able to score eight points in the final quarter, the Swinburne Lady Cobras slipped behind pace and suffered a 13 point loss.  Hayley Moffatt finished the night with 17 points and Kristen Barnes put in 11 points, being the only two scorers in double digits for the team.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras still sit in second place on the ladder with a record of 16-6 but have narrowed the margin between themselves and the rest of the competition battling for a playoff spot.

The Swinburne Lady Cobras’ next game is Saturday 28 July 2012 on the road against Nunawading with tip off at 6:30pm.  Their last home game is on Sunday 29 July 2012 on Hugh McMenamin Court against Geelong with tip off at 12:30pm.

Round 17 was a critical weekend for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras to keep their playoff aspirations alive and with two losses to opponents Mt. Gambier and Knox the goal has just become that much harder.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras have dropped to fifth place on the ladder and now boast a 12-12 record. 

The trip to Mt. Gambier was unsuccessful for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras as they were unable to overcome the vocal home court advantage the Pioneers had and lost 83-74 Friday night.  It was a game of massive runs as the two teams alternated big offensive performances in each quarter with the Pioneers starting off the streak with a 26-12 first quarter.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras came alive in the second period, pouring in 27 points of their own behind the shooting of Auryn Macmillan who had nine of his game high 20 points in the quarter. 

At halftime, the Pioneers led 42-39 and a solid defensive effort in the third quarter put the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras in striking distance as they cut the lead to just one point.  But all the steam that the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras had built up was quickly extinguished as the Pioneers had a dominate effort in the fourth quarter, scoring 25 points and pulling away from the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras to achieve a 83-74 victory.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were led by their post players as Auryn Macmillan paced the team with 20 points, 8 rebounds and Tim Lang had 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

It was a short turnaround for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras as they flew home Saturday morning to tip off against second place Knox at home Saturday night.  It seemed as if the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras had recovered well and were ready to bounce back with a win as they opened up the game going point for point with the Raiders and were tied at the end of the first period 19-19.  But as soon as the siren signalled the start of the second quarter, the Raiders snapped any hope of a close game and took the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras out of the equation.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were completely taken out of their rhythm and could not get any flow going on offence as the Raiders picked apart every pass or shot attempted.  At halftime, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were down by six points 38-32. 

The third quarter saw the continuation of poor shot selection and fatal turnovers by the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras as the Raiders, led by CJ Massingale who ended the night with 26 points, tripled their lead to 18. 

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras put in a more balanced effort in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to slow the Raiders who went on to win 83-61.  It was again big men Auryn Macmillan and Tim Lang who were the only players successful on the scoring end, leading the team with 19 points and 14 points respectively. 

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras’ next game is Saturday 28 July 2012 on the road against Nunawading with tip off at 8:30pm.  Their last home game is on Sunday 29 July 2012 on Hugh McMenamin Court against Geelong with tip off at 2:30pm.

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