THE Bendigo Braves have dropped out of the SEABL south conference top four after losing to Kilsyth on Saturday night.
The 82-66 result left the Braves in fifth place with a 9-11 record. Frankston won both of its matches in the ACT over the weekend to move into fourth place with a 10-12 record.
The Braves looked set to be blown out of the water after the Cobras opened a 24-10 lead at the first break.
To the Braves' credit they fought back strongly in the second term outscoring the home side 20-9.
The Braves hit the front early in the third term, but Kilsyth stars Auryn MacMillan and Kyle Adnam sparked the Cobras into action.
By three quarter-time the Cobras led by seven and in the final term the Braves never looked like reeling the home side in.
Zach Atkinson led the Braves with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Dustin Salisbery added 15 points.
MacMillan was superb for Kilsyth, with 23 points and 11 boards.
Meanwhile, the Bendigo Lady Braves jumped to spot on the women's south conference ladder with a dominant 79-62 win over Kilsyth.
A 21-10 second quarter burst set up the impressive win.
The Lady Braves have five players score in double figures, led by Lauren King with 17 and LaSondra Barrett with 16.