A dominant stretch over the second and third quarters has seen the Kilsyth Cobras move two games clear on top of the ladder while a gallant effort from the Canberra Gunners was not enough to see them claim their first win of the year, falling 85-97.
Canberra jumped out of the blocks thanks to Ben Allen and Daniel Joyce who combined for 20 points in the first term to give the home side an early advantage.
However, they were out-scored 31-51 from that point until three-quarter time as the Cobras scored with ease under the rim, tallying 50 points in the paint and shooting 56% as a team inside the arc.
Five Kilsyth players notched 13+ points and were once again led by Felix von Hofe off the bench, who scored 24 points on 8-11 shooting with three steals.
Dane Pineau collected eight points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks and Chris Patton added 14 points, seven boards and two blocks to counter the efforts of Allen (23 points, six rebounds) and Eric Gaff (ten points, seven rebounds).
The Gunners will be buoyed by a 22-4 edge in second chance points that came from 15 offensive rebounds but they could not upset the ladder-leaders, falling to a sixth consecutive loss to start the season.
Meanwhile, Kilsyth have won six in a row and now own a 7-1 record with a clash against Diamond Valley coming up next weekend at Kilsyth Sports Centre where they are unbeaten this year.
ROUND 6 RESULTS:
Due to severe weather conditions, Nunawading were unable to reach Mt. Gambier on Friday night with their clash abandoned. That has put the Pioneers in rare territory, sitting outside a finals position while Geelong are also positioned outside the top eight, despite getting back on the winners list against Diamond Valley this weekend. After dropping their first three games, Melbourne are on the right track with four consecutive victories and they proved their legitimacy with a ten-point victory over Bendigo on Saturday night. The CoE could not get past Kilsyth on Friday with a late Daniel Grida three-pointer narrowing the final margin but they responded to take care of Albury/Wodonga on the road and remain fifth on the ladder. Two teams flying under the radar at the moment, Ballarat and Hobart have also won four in a row to fill out third and fourth place on the ladder with the Chargers ensuring Frankston would not get an upset win, dropping both games of their Tasmanian road trip. Dandenong came back from a 15-point deficit at three-quarter time with a 36-13 final term to run over the top of the Thunder and they are starting to establish themselves as a quality fourth-quarter team.
Mt. Gambier vs. Nunawading (abandoned)
BA CoE def. by Kilsyth 82-84
N/W Tasmania def. Frankston 87-76
Dandenong def. N/W Tasmania 89-81
Geelong def. Diamond Valley 96-76
Canberra def. by Kilsyth 85-97
Melbourne def. Bendigo 84-74
Albury/Wodonga def. by BA CoE 74-92
Ballarat def. Sandringham 91-80
Hobart def. Frankston 102-90
Brad Cole of the Advocate covered Mason Bragg’s performance to get the Thunder over the line on Friday night against Frankston: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5396157/thundering-home/?cs=88
Adam Bourke of the Bendigo Advertiser looked backed on a mixed weekend for the Braves: https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5397564/mixed-weekend-for-braves-in-seabl/
An explosive first quarter from Peter Hooley set up Ballarat’s win over Sandringham reports Siobhan Calafiore for The Courier: https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5396944/star-hooley-leads-first-quarter-magic-as-sabres-play-catch-up/
Sam Armstrong is not concerned by N/W Tasmania’s fadeout against Dandenong says Jarryd McGuane of The Advocate: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5397592/armstrong-not-concerned-by-last-quarter-fade-out/
Will Hogan of the Geelong Advertiser analysed the Supercats win over Diamond Valley, snapping a three-game losing skid: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/sport/local-sport/seabl-men-no-place-like-home-for-geelong-supercats/news-story/8f5cbefe08cf8d8d9e765cdf48ad11c6
The women’s Player and Coach of the month for April has been announced with Marena Whittle and Paul Flynn sweeping the awards for Nunawading Spectres: http://seabl.com.au/april-womens-coach-and-player-of-the-month/
Ray Turner and Ben Harvey of the Bendigo Braves swept the men’s Player and Coach of the Month awards for April: http://seabl.com.au/april-mens-coach-and-player-of-the-month/
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