It was a great night for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras on Saturday as both the men and the women progressed into the second week of SEABL finals. Next Saturday night will now see the Swinburne Lady Cobras take on the Bendigo Lady Braves at Kilsyth Sports Centre, while the Swinburne Cobras shall travel to Bendigo to take on the Bendigo Braves.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras marched into the second week of SEABL finals after their 33 point win over the Nunawading Lady Spectres at Kilsyth Sports Centre in front of a huge crowd.
The game was all but wrapped up by half time after the Swinburne Lady Cobras took an 11 point lead at the first break before extending it to 20 points at half time after a 17-8 second quarter.
In the second half Nunawading did their best to pull back the deficit but their inaccuracy meant that it was to no avail shooting at just 25% from the field compared to Kilsyth who shot at 50% from the field.
It was an impressive win from the Swinburne Lady Cobras who fell six points short of the Lady Spectres just three weeks ago however the inclusion of Abby Bishop who returned from Australian Opal commitments seemed to be the difference as Nunawading was unable to contain her as she broke the game apart with 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Chantella Perera (16pts, 8rbds), Eva Afeaki (11pts, 7rbds) and Hayley Moffatt (11pts, 6stls) also managed to reach double figures in the Swinburne Lady Cobras 80-47 win.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras host the Bendigo Lady Braves this Saturday September 3; tip-off is 7:30pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
After their disappointing 2010 SEABL finals campaign the Swinburne Cobras were keen to make amends against the Dandenong Rangers. With the crowd already in full swing after witnessing the Swinburne Lady Cobras dismiss Nunawading the men opened the game with a 24-17 first quarter.
Kilsyth shot at 56% from the field in the first quarter including three from six from the three point line compared to Dandenong who shot at only 44%.
The game tightened up in the second quarter with Kilsyth only able to extend their quarter time lead by two points to lead by nine at the half time break.
The third quarter saw Dandenong peg back the half time deficit in a high scoring third quarter (21-25), Kilsyth shot five from eight from the three point line however the Rangers made the most of their nine more scoring shots to trail by just five points going into the last change.
With Kilsyth’s 2011 SEABL campaign on the line the Swinburne Cobras knew they had to make the most of every opportunity that came their way, although Dandenong had four more scoring opportunities they shot at just 13% from the field allowing Kilsyth to dominate the defensive boards to take the quarter 19-12 and the game 79-67.
Matt O’Hea was outstanding for the Swinburne Cobras, top scoring with 19 points including four from the three point line, four assists and nine rebounds. Tim Lang (16pts, 6rbds), Tariq Naqqash (14pts) and Zach Malvik (13pts, 7as) also reached double figures while Quincy Henderson and Auryn MacMillan pulled down 10 boards each.
The Swinburne Cobras now travel to Bendigo to take on the Bendigo Braves to see who will take on the Knox Raiders in the East Conference grand final.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras travel to Bendigo Basketball Stadium Saturday September 3 to tackle the Bendigo Braves; tip-off is at 7:00pm.
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