The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were able to string together two wins in their double-header match up Saturday night when the Swinburne Lady Cobras hosted the Launceston Tornadoes and the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras took the floor against the North West Tasmania Thunder.  The wins were important for both teams, as the Swinburne Lady Cobras were bouncing back after a Round 14 loss to the Lady Rangers and the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras who are making every effort to move up the South Conference ladder to qualify for post season play. 

The 16-3 Swinburne Lady Cobras have created a comfortable margin between themselves and the majority of the teams in the South Conference.  Currently in second place, the victory over Launceston was another stand out performance for the team who is still without Team Captain and leading scorer Chantella Perera.   Under the leadership of veteran Sarah Parsons, however, the Swinburne Lady Cobras did not miss a beat in putting points up on the scoreboard.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras shot a blistering 45% from the field and 56% from the three point line to run away with an 88-62 victory. 

The Swinburne Lady Cobra set the tone early, going up 23-14 in the first period of play.  While Launceston was able to handle the defensive pressure better than most teams, they could not repeat the effort on the other end of the floor and the Swinburne Lady Cobras used smart passing and teamwork to find open looks for all players on the floor.  Five Swinburne Lady Cobras scored in double figures in the true team effort.  At the half the Swinburne Lady Cobras had built up a comfortable 45-28 lead and went on to a 26 point victory. 

The Swinburne Lady Cobras’ effort on the boards gave them a 44-31 advantage and their work was rewarded as they scored 19 points off of second chance opportunities.  Sarah Parsons led the team with a double-double performance, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.  Gemma Kerr and Kristen Barnes each put in 12 points for the Swinburne Lady Cobras, whilst Hayley Moffatt had 11 points (12 rebounds) and Jordyn O’Shea added 10 points of her own. 

The Swinburne Lady Cobras will have a back to back upcoming weekend in Round 16 of SEABL competition.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras travel to Geelong on Friday 13 July 2012 to face the Lady Supercats with tip off at 6:15pm.  They return home on Saturday 14 July 2012 to host the Brisbane Spartans on Hugh McMenamin Court with 6:15pm tip off.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras recorded their fourth consecutive win as they held off a defiant North West Tasmanian Thunder for an 88-80 overtime victory.  The win keeps the playoff hopes alive for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras as they now sit in fifth position on the ladder with every opportunity to keep moving up.  Saturday’s game marked Matt O’Hea’s 250th SEABL game and his teammates were determined that number 250 was a win for the veteran player and their Team Captain. 

Fast starts have not been a trend with this year’s Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras and Saturday’s game against the Thunder was no exception.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras fell behind 16-21 in the first quarter before coming alive on the offensive end.  Cameron Johnson provided a needed spark off the bench and the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras eliminated the five point deficit to go into the half time 39-39. 

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were able to turn up their intensity in the second half and stayed with the Thunder for the remainder of the game.  While each team was able to go on scoring runs, neither was able to decisively pull away.  Down by two points with just 33 seconds to go, Auryn Macmillan took a critical offensive rebound and put in a short jumper to make the score even at 75-75.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras’ defence prevented the Thunder from scoring on their last trip down the floor and with the game still tied Macmillan got another clean look at the basket with three seconds left but could not get the shot to fall. 

The five minute overtime period which followed was dominated by the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras.  Matt O’Hea started off the period with a three point basket that energized the team to outscore the Thunder 13-5 down the stretch.  Zach Malvik took control of the ball, valuing each possession, and also hit clutch free throws to allow the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras to gain the advantage.  Malvik ended the game with 20 points as did post player Tim Lang (11 rebounds).  Garfield Blair led the team in scoring with 22 points.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will have a back to back upcoming weekend in Round 16 of SEABL competition.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras travel to Geelong on Friday 13 July 2012 to face the Supercats with tip off at 8:15pm.  They return home on Saturday 14 July 2012 to host the Brisbane Spartans on Hugh McMenamin Court with 8:15pm tip off.

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