The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras have extended their win streak to seven, with an impressive win over the Canberra Gunners defeating them by 17-points.
Kilsyth got out to an early lead on Saturday night when guard Matt O’Hea went 3 for 3 from behind the arc in the opening minutes. The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were able to keep the Gunners ten points clear of them at the first break after captain Quincy Henderson was fouled shooting from three with only seconds remaining, hitting two from three.
Canberra stepped up their game in the second quarter, not allowing Kilsyth to run away with it just yet. Foul trouble saw Swinburne Cobras big man, Auryn MacMillan, out of action in the second quarter. This helped the Gunners string together a few shots late in the half to bring the deficit to only three points at the major break, 45 – 42.
It was Kilsyth’s three-point shooting that excelled the team in the second half, shooting at 53% from deep for the game. However, the Swinburne Cobras had no answer for Canberra down low, the Gunners managing 36 points in the paint for the game. Despite Canberra’s efforts, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were able to take a 12-point lead into the final quarter.
Kilsyth kept piling on the points in the final term, to keep their winning form in the lead-up to the playoffs. The scoring was well shared throughout the Swinburne Cobras team, with game MVP Zach Malvik finishing the game with an impressive 23 points, Quincy Henderson, Tariq Naqqash and Matt O’Hea also finished the game with 14 points apiece.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will go into the final round of the SEABL home and away season with a 7-game win streak under their belt defeating the Canberra Gunners 82 – 65.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras next game sees them take on the Mt Gambier Pioneers this Friday night August 19; tip-off is 8:15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
Star point guard Adi Tomada has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Tomada enjoyed a standout 2023 season with the Cobras, leading the team in assists (4.6apg) and steals (1.4spg), ranking second in scoring (19.5ppg) and three pointers made (2.0 3PM), while finding his way to the free throw
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