Werner was impressive against former NBL player Andrew Rice (11pts, 9 rbds) having his own way in the post. After a huge Alley-oop play in the first quarter from Gerard Leonard, Werner had two further dunks over the stunned Bandits.
The first quarter could have been mistaken for a lay-up drill as the Cobras reeled of fast break after fast break to scoot ahead 30-5 at quarter time. The second period was much the same as Jon Lee (19 points) made two steals and converted the breaks. The Cobras took a 51-23 lead into the main break after taking the foot of the pedal and shooting at 37%.
After a rev up from Coach Grant Wallace the Cobras fired again in the 3rd, putting on a further 36 points to Bandits 15. Zach Malvik (18 points) found his groove in the 3rd with some classy drives but couldn’t connect from downtown.
Paul Burgess, celebrating his 200th SEABL game for the Cobras, played a cameo role as he finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds in the 51 point win. Wallace was able to give his bench extended minutes in the contest and the bench came to play with Ryan Fooks finishing with 8 points and 10 boards.
“It was fantastic to get the win for Paul tonight, this group really enjoys playing together and it showed out on the floor. Kilsyth celebrates milestones as well as any Club, and the boys were able to step up and make this a special night for Paul,” said Wallace.
“We are pleased with how we are travelling at this stage of the season but we know we have a lot of work to do beginning with Knox Thursday night in the Cystic Fibrosis Cup.”
The Cobras will look to capitalise of their two early victories with a win over arch rival Knox on Thursday Night and go into the Easter break with a 3-0 record.
The Cobras take on Knox on Easter Thursday at Knox, Women tip off 6.15pm, Men 8.15pm
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