With the Ashes Trophy in the balance, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will take on the Knox Raiders this Saturday 21st July, with tip-off at 8.15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
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Knox on the other hand will be pleased with their victory over Brisbane last week. The Raiders came from 3 points down at three quarter time to storm home and win by 12. Moreover, if the defeat to Albury/Wodonga in round 20 is ignored, Knox has won seven of their last nine matches, with the only losses coming against Hobart and Kilsyth.
Coming off a bye, this in-form Knox Raiders outfit will aim to make the Swinburne Lady Cobras number nine on their win-streak this Saturday night. Prior to the bye, Knox had defeated both Nunawading and Launceston 13 points and 34 points respectively. The Swinburne Lady Cobras will look at locking up second spot this weekend, and regaining the wood on what will be their biggest competitor come playoffs.
Regaining their composure in Season 2012, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will aim to take a big scalp when the Knox Raiders hit Hugh McMenamin Court this Saturday night. With a game against Mt. Gambier the night before, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will look to bring their recent form to the court this weekend. On a six-game win streak, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras are coming off a big weekend with wins against Geelong (22 points) and Brisbane (44 points), and returning themselves to the top-four.
For the second week in a row, Cam Rigby could find himself matched up against the best player on the opposition. While Rigby was solid on offence for Knox against Brisbane, he struggled to contain Ash Cannan at the other end early on, as Cannan had 10 first-quarter points. Let Lockett have that kind of freedom this week, and the Raiders could find themselves having to dig their way out of a much deeper hole.
Kilsyth have won both encounters this year. In round 16 Kilsyth lead all the way to win convincingly, but in round 2 the contest was much tighter, with only 4 points separating the teams at full time after scores were level at the half.
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LAST TIME THEY MET The Swinburne Lady Cobras were dealt their first loss of the season at the Knox Stadium, losing the matchup by 15 points (69-54). A big second quarter by the Raiders (27-12) gave them a lead that was too hard for the Swinburne Lady Cobras to bridge.
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Knox on the other hand is finding form at the right time. The losses this year to the Cobras could give them added incentive to win, but will also be in the back of their mind when the sides hit the pine for the third time this year. So expect to see a typically tough, physical contest when one of the oldest SEABL rivalries continues on Saturday night.
The Ashes Trophy is in remembrance of the fire that destroyed Club Kilsyth in 2005 and is awarded to the winners for all Kilsyth/Knox SEABL games held at the Kilsyth Sports Centre. The winning club is determined by a composite result of the Mens and Ladys games and recognises the biggest rivalry in Victorian Basketball.
Staring down the barrel of two straight losses, the Swinburne Lady Cobras have hit unfamiliar territory thus fair in Season 2012, and will look at reversing recent form and getting back in the winners circle when the Knox Raiders come to town. Coming off the back of losses last weekend against Geelong by 6 points and Brisbane bythree points, the Swinburne Lady Cobras will aim to regain some composure against the South Conferences leader, who are on an eight game win streak and have but one loss to their name in SEABL Competition.
Fans on both sides will welcome the first inaugural season that is the new NBL1 that will aim to bring a new level of excitement and atmosphere to semi-pro basketball in Australia.
Our Mens team will welcome back former Knox Raider SEABL players Mike Rose and Simon Grant as well as fan favourite Durrell Nugget McDonald. Sharp shooter Casey Marshall and big man Abe Nyok will also return to don the Raider gold this weekend.
The NBL1 Cobra Men have bounced back with a solid Round 9 weekend, losing a thriller on the road to the Eltham Wildcats on Saturday before lighting up the Waverley Falcons on Sunday in spectacular fashion. Entering the weekend on a four-game skid, the Cobras brought a renewed focus on the defensive end, and it
The Knox Raiders NBL1 Mens team will welcome debutants Jordan Adnam, Damon Heuir (NZ Nelsons Giants), James Hunter (NZ Southland Sharks) and the Womens team will feature newcomers Lauren Scherf (Canberra Capitals), Abbey Wehrung (Bendigo Spirit), Bree Whatman (Jayco Rangers), (Bendigo Spirit) and Maddy Wild (Bendigo Spirit).
Henderson has put the stoppers on CJ when these two sides have met this year, keeping the Knox star to an average of only 17.5 points across the two games, well down on his season average of 25.1. But if CJ can find enough room to create and get plenty of support from his teammates, then Knox might come away with the chocolates.
LAST TIME THEY MET Knox edged the Swinburne Cobras out in a thriller at Knox Stadium way back in round three, getting over the line by 3-points (81-78) after being down by 16 at the half to retaining the Cystic Fibrosis Cup. The Raiders proved to be too much for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras in this first meeting.
While CJ Massingale remains crucial to the Raiders hopes of defending their title, the return to form of Lester Strong should have any opposition side worried at the moment. Strong had a match winning 41 points and 13 rebounds against Brisbane, as the Spartans struggled to find answers to his strength and quickness.
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Sitting in second position, in what is a very close top six, the Knox Raiders will stop at nothing at cementing a strong spot in playoffs this Saturday when they take on an in-form Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras. Coming off an eight point victory against Mt. Gambier, Knox, who have added NBL veteran Steve Hoare to their already impressive roster will have a tough battle on their hands if they wish to regain the Ashes Trophy from the peaking Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras.
Kilsyths seven game winning streak came to an abrupt halt against the Bendigo Braves last week. In what was a defensively-oriented match, the Braves strangled the Cobras into only 25 second-half points. This is impressive given that Bendigo have been more offensively-minded this year, averaging 88.9 points per game versus Kilsyths 80.0.