Featured Game of The Week – Canberra Gunners vs. Kilsyth Cobras
Saturday 12th May- 7:30pm @ Belconnen Basketball Stadium
Dwindling at the bottom of the ladder as the only winless team in the competition, Canberra have their work cut out for them this weekend against Kilsyth who own an equal-best 5-1 record and are on a four-game winning streak.
The Gunners are in the middle of a three-game home stand though and the Cobras have not really been tested on the road, with four of their five victories coming at home.
Kilsyth will also be playing their second night of a double-header on Saturday after taking on the CoE on Friday night and that should give Canberra confidence that they can out-run them as they will be fully rested on the back of a week’s break.
Daniel Joyce has been key to their offence, leading them with a career-high 20.5 points per game which is five points more than last season while 19-year old Broderick Doran is proving himself with 12.3 points per game.
The intimidating front court combination of Eric Gaff and Ben Allen have not been as destructive as Canberra would have hoped at the start of the season but there is still time for them to take over and Saturday night will be the perfect time as they come up against Chris Patton and Dane Pineau.
Felix von Hofe is another one to watch around the rim and Kilsyth have the luxury of bringing him off the bench. Despite those limited minutes, he is still recording a team-best 17.8 points at 48% and has also knocked down 19 three-pointers, good for fourth in the league.
Owen Odigie’s athleticism is a hard cover for Canberra as well and he has the ability to crash the glass while also coming off a gold medal victory at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup for Australia, his second consecutive medal at the tournament.
In addition, Isaac Turner and Sam Daly are averaging double-figures in scoring with Daly adding 3.8 assists per game and with those rangers of offensive weapons, Kilsyth should continue their winning ways on Saturday night.
Round 6 Notables:
- Friday night will see a replay of last year’s East Conference Final with Mt. Gambier hosting Nunawading. The Pioneers are still struggling with injuries but brought in Tim Coenraad last weekend while the Spectres are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the year.
- Nathan Friend will play his 100th game for Geelong on Saturday night when they host Diamond Valley, aiming to end a three-game losing skid.
- With another double-header this weekend, the CoE will have played four games in ten days and they face a top of the table clash against Kilsyth on Friday before visiting Albury/Wodonga, who lost three straight, on Saturday.
- Frankston take on the Tassie road trip in Round 6 but have their work cut out for them against N/W Tasmania and Hobart who have combined for a 5-2 record at home so far this season. The good news for the Blues is that Dan Trist will make his debut, shortly after signing up for the NBL with Melbourne United.
- After starting 2018 with three consecutive losses, Melbourne are one of the hottest teams in the league on the back of a three-game winning streak. Their form will truly be put to the test against Bendigo, who dropped their first game of the season last round but still own a 5-1 record.
- No games will be played on Sunday, Mother’s Day, with the round concluding on Saturday night.
Find the full fixture for the men in Round 6 via the SEABL website here.