After a disappointing start to the season the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras (1-5) face the huge task of travelling the National capital on Saturday Night to take on the Canberra Gunners.

Going down by 18 points to Frankston last Saturday night was hopefully the wakeup call Kilsyth needed to get their season back on track, after three devastating losses by three points Kilsyth seemed to lack confidence against Frankston and were made to pay.

On the other hand Canberra pulled of one of the upsets of 2011, beating Knox at Knox in triple overtime by four points. The Gunners now find themselves at home on Saturday night full of confidence and ready to state themselves as a real contender for season 2011.

Desperate for a win, Kilsyth will need to ensure that they improve their accuracy after only making 20 of 80 baskets put up on Saturday night (28.65% FG, 11.8% 3P), Auryn Macmillan and Zach Malvik were the only players to score double figures against Frankston, so expect to see an improved effort from the rest of the team come 7.30pm this Saturday. A bonus for the Swinburne Cobras is that Tim Lang should be over his jetlag after arriving back in the country last Friday from Germany.

Canberra managed to keep Lester Strong to 13 points last week against Knox, any team that can do that has the ability to play serious defense, Kilsyth will need to be on the lookout for Jamie Mesman (35pts, 7rbds) and import Kyle Jeffers (20pts, 20rbds), if they want to get the win.

Head Coach Grant Wallace was very succinct on his thoughts for the game stating that ‘There isn’t much else to say apart from the fact that this game is huge in context of our season”. Billed as SEABL’s ‘Game of the Week’, Kilsyth will be keen to show the basketball community that they are better than their record suggests, we should be in for a thrilling contest.

The Swinburne Cobras tip off against Canberra at 7:30pm Saturday 7 May 2011 at Belconnen Stadium, Canberra.

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