SWINBURNE COBRAS vs CANBERRA GUNNERS – 75-77 LOSS
Kyle Adnam (22pts/11reb/6ast), Joel Naburgs (19pts/8reb), Tim Lang (18pts/6reb)

A late offensive collapse saw the Swinburne Cobras five-game win streak snapped by the Canberra Gunners on Saturday night. Leading by nine with 3:48 remaining, Kilsyth suddenly went cold, going 1/6 from the field with two turnovers for the remainder of the game. Despite the Cobras dry spell, they still led with 17 seconds remaining after Jackson Brazier scored off a loose ball scramble. Canberra would respond, though, with Daniel Joyce hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.0 seconds remaining to put the Gunners up by two.

Rod Popp’s final play was drawn up for high-flyer Joel Naburgs, but his acrobatic alley-oop tip-in fell just long, handing the Gunners a stunning road victory and a sweep of the season series.

The Cobras late game struggles were not evident early, shooting 60% from the field and leading 23-18 after one period. An explosive Kyle Adnam led the charge early on, tallying 10 points and five rebounds and capping the quarter with a buzzer-beating floater in the lane.

Kilsyth couldn’t shake the Gunners in the second quarter, leading by just two points after Daniel Jackson buried a 3-pointer as time expired to end the half. It was Garlon Green’s turn to beat the buzzer to end the third; his put-back layup brought the Gunners to within four points heading into the final period.

The Cobras would finally create some breathing room early in the fourth quarter, with Cam Johnson converting on a tough baseline drive to put Kilsyth up 67-62.  

Naburgs then whipped the crowd into a frenzy with back-to back spectacular plays; following a Canberra turnover, Naburgs raced past Green in transition and elevated right over Tad Dufelmeier, posterizing the Gunners rookie with a vicious two-handed flush. Just 20 seconds later, Johnson collected a long rebound and found Naburgs all alone for a two-handed tomahawk jam, forcing Canberra to call a timeout as the crowd rose to their feet.

Adnam would add another highlight-reel play three minutes later, throwing a beautiful no-look pass inside to Tim Lang, who scored to keep the Cobras up nine. But that was the end for the Cobras, with a thunderous put-back dunk by Green capping a 10-0 Canberra run, giving them the lead with just 1:13 remaining and setting the stage for Brazier’s and Joyce’s go-ahead baskets.

Rod Popp’s team now falls to 10-6, but will welcome the return of big-man Auryn Macmillan, who rejoins the team after getting married in the US. Macmillan will return to the lineup this Friday as the Cobras head to Albury-Wodonga to take on the Bandits. Kilsyth then returns home to host South Conference leading Mt Gambier on Sunday, with tip-off scheduled for 2.00pm.

NOTES: Naburgs streak of six consecutive 20+ points games was snapped…Adnam’s 11 rebounds were a season high…Macmillan will play in his 100th SEABL game at Albury-Wodonga this week…

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