Mount Gambier Pioneers vs Kilsyth Cobras Match Review Report Sunday 6 May 2018
The Pioneers fought tooth and nail against Kilsyth on Sunday afternoon but failed to come away with the chocolates as they succumbed to their opponents by 11 points. The gruelling back to back set took its toll on an undermanned Pioneers outfit, with Kilsyth making the most of home court advantage and a one match weekend.
Kyle Tipene got the Pioneers going with the first points of the afternoon but any Pioneers momentum was short lived as the Cobras piled on a 10-3 run to kick out to an early advantage. The visitors shot just 33% from the field in the opening term and although Kilsyth’s field goal percentage of 37% wasn’t much of an improvement it was the Cobras ability to get to the charity stripe with regularity and convert 8/9 attempts (89%) for the quarter that provided the 22-14 differential in their favour at quarter time.
Felix von Hofe came off the bench to spark the Cobras start to the second term, putting up a devastating three which stretched the Kilsyth lead to double digits. Not to be outdone, Tim Coenraad fired back immediately with a triple of his own for the Pioneers and would add another just moments later to cut the Cobras lead to just three points. Coenraad was putting on an offensive masterclass as he wowed his new teammates with a second quarter burst of 15 points which fuelled a 15-3 run that gave the Pioneers the lead momentarily. To their credit, Kilsyth closed out the first half strongly and headed in to the main break with a slender three-point lead. Tim Coenraad exploded in the second term to lead all scorers with 16 points and 3 rebounds whilst Luke Jamieson provided solid support with 10 points and 3 rebounds. The Cobras were led by Felix von Hofe who provided a huge X-factor from the bench with 13 points whilst Isaac Turner was the only other player in double digits with 11 points.
Luke Jamieson gave the Pioneers the start they were looking for when he stole the ball from Cobras captain, Chris Patton and nailed a three-point bomb at the other end. The Pioneers enjoyed a stellar first half of the third term as they stretched out to their largest lead of the contest of four points courtesy of a Luke Jamieson free throw. However, all their good work was undone as they allowed easy baskets for Daly, Patton and von Hofe, fuelling a 16-7 run that put the Pioneers on the back foot, down five points at the final change. Tim Coenraad continued to lead the Pioneers charge with 23 points and 5 rebounds, with Luke Jamieson adding support with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Felix von Hofe was proving unstoppable with 19 points and 2 rebounds whilst Isaac Turner (13 points) and Sam Daly (11 points and 7 rebounds) were getting the job done for the home side.
Despite their heavy weekend schedule and their loss of players to injury, the Pioneers fought bravely throughout the final term but were unable to bridge the gap against a fresh Cobras outfit. When Erik Burdon hit a jump shot with 6:46 minutes remaining in the final term, the Pioneers trailed by just three points but the Cobras kept the reigning premiers at an arm’s length, with their captain Chris Patton adding 9 points in the final term to lead his side to victory. Discipline cost the Pioneers dearly down the stretch as they allowed the Cobras to make 12 trips to the charity stripe where they converted 19/24 attempts (79%). Fittingly, it was two free throws from von Hofe that sealed the deal for the Cobras as they ran out victors 84-73.
The Pioneers were once again led by Tim Coenraad who compiled 30 points and 8 rebounds, with only his front court teammates in Luke Jamieson (14 points and 11 rebounds) and Lewis Thomas (13 points and 7 rebounds) providing any real resistance. For the Cobras, it was Felix von Hofe who led the way from the pine with 21 points and 2 rebounds whilst Chris Patton had 18 points and 8 rebounds.
In reviewing the match, Pioneers Coach Richard Hill was proud of his side’s efforts despite the loss, stating that “Kilsyth presented a much tougher challenge than Frankston, we were slow to get started but were able to fight back and take the lead in the third quarter”. “We weren’t able to sustain our effort, finding it very difficult to put points on the board in the last quarter”. “Once again Tim Coenraad proved his worth with 30 points as Luke Jamieson and Lewis Thomas battled very hard against a very big Kilsyth front line and Kyle Tipene was solid in place of Tom Daly at the point”. “Kilsyth at home will prove a difficult obstacle for all teams this season” added the Pioneers leader.
The Cobras now improve to 5-1 and go top of the table whilst the Pioneers are left in the middle of the pack in eighth position with a 3-3 record. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Pioneers who must now face Nunawading next Friday night at home in a rematch of last year’s East Conference Final whilst Kilsyth will look to continue their strong start to the season when they face the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra on Friday night.