Lang was second on the team in both points (15.3ppg) and rebounds (7.5rpg) in 2015, while ranking seventh in the league in total blocked shots (26). With 178 games under his belt, Kilsyth’s paint anchor has a chance to join exclusive company in 2016 by surpassing the 200 game milestone with the Cobras.

“I’m excited to be returning to Kilsyth for another season,” Lang said.

“Hopefully, i can tick over the 200 game mark this season and be a part of the rich history the Club has, and be associated with a number of great players and people who i have seen play or played with over the years here.”

With what projects to be a very young Cobras roster once again, Coach Rod Popp is thrilled to have one of the league’s most experienced and accomplished players returning. Lang’s experience and on-court production make him a top candidate to captain the Cobras – which he will do for the second consecutive year – while Popp sees him taking on more of a mentorship role for some of the group’s younger front court players.

“It’s really good that Tim’s back; anytime you can have someone who’s been such a mainstay in the lineup since returning from college is a big plus,” Popp said.

“He brings us great leadership and a locker room presence, and he’ll make a excellent mentor for Will (Sinclair) and Michael (Knoll) going forward, grooming them into his eventual replacements.”

Though Lang will be leaned on heavily for his mentorship, Popp expects a big season out of his former NBL centre, noting that his focus on preseason conditioning will have him leaner and more athletic come April next year.

“He’s made a big commitment this offseason to play lighter in 2016,” Popp said.

“Not only will that help him have a big year ahead, but being leaner should help him prolong his career and continue to play at a high level for years to come.”

At age 30, Lang is as focused as ever to take the Cobras to the next level, having come agonisingly close to claiming conference championships on several occasions. With the team’s first round finals exit still fresh in his mind, Lang and co are looking to return their 2014 form which saw them fall one shot short of a national championship game berth.

“After having high expectations for ourselves last season, we were disappointed with how the year unfolded,” Lang said.

“The group as a whole has taken a hard look at themselves and what we need to do to reach our goal of winning a conference championship and beyond.”

With Lang and Joel Naburgs looking in excellent physical condition, the pair appear set for bounce-back seasons. While Naburgs was named to the All-SEABL team in 2014, Lang was just as important, averaging a team-high 19.8ppg and finishing sixth in the league’s MVP race. With their intense offseason program almost two months in, Lang believes the group is poised for a return to their 2014 form, which should produce some thrilling basketball for the season ahead.

“Our goal in the off season is to put in the hard work to create a brand of basketball that not only wins games, but is exciting to watch and is an example that our junior teams and coaches can follow,” Lang added.

“The fire to compete is still alive; I can’t wait for the season to roll around again.”

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