Bree Mackenzie (23pts/6reb/4ast)

With an undermanned roster and a road trip to Bendigo to face the second-placed Braves, the Cobras were facing an uphill battle right from the start. Bendigo turned it on early on the defensive end, forcing seven first quarter turnovers and leading 20-9 after one period – and things would only get worse for Kilsyth. An eight point second quarter saw Ed Dunstan’s team down by 21 points at the break and Bendigo was able to keep them at bay over the final 20 minutes, with the Cobras eventually falling by 23 points. Kilsyth was dominated on the boards (42-29), while turning the ball over 23 times. Mackenzie tried to carry the Cobras, scoring half of the teams 46 points, but also committed nine turnovers. Despite Kilsyth’s recent struggles, Mackenzie has stepped up her game; she is amongst the VYC’s top-ten in scoring  (15.1ppg) and steals (2.1spg).

The loss drops the women to 6-9 on the season, with their finals hopes slowly slipping away.


Adrian Tomada (29pts 5-7 3PT), Kieran Murphy (13pts/7reb/4stl/3blk)

Coming off a 50-point demolition of Frankston and facing a Hawthorn team on a three-game losing streak, the Cobras looked set to make another emphatic statement at home. The Magic had other ideas, though, starting the game with tremendous energy and taking it right at the Cobras down low. Kilsyth trailed after one quarter, with the game still tight until a key sequence midway through the second period gave the Cobras new life – Daniel Jensen made a tough layup and drew the foul, and Kieran Murphy followed the missed free throw with an acrobatic tip-in to complete a four-point play. The sequence ignited the Cobras, kick-starting a 16-5 run which gave them an 11-point lead at the half. Adrian Tomada contributed eight points in the game changing run and had 11 for the quarter, but he was just getting started. Tomada was unstoppable during the second and third periods, totaling 22 points over that span on a variety of slashing drives to the hoop and deep jumpers. His scoring spree helped the Cobras to a 17-point lead at the end of the third quarter, and they cruised the rest of the way to win their 12th win in 13 games. While Tomada was dominant, Kilsyth also received big contributions from Kieran Murphy, Daniel Jensen, Regan Grimwood, and Jorden Adnam.

Pete Godfrey’s men now have a comfortable 4.5 game lead over Diamond Valley for first place in the Watson Conference and are one game ahead of Knox in the overall standings.

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