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NBL/WNBL SUPER RANKINGS #3: Sobey's ton


ADELAIDE 36ers guard Nathan Sobey plays his 100th NBL game for the club tomorrow in Brisbane but his Sixers still have slipped in our SuperPower rankings.

Sobey, 28, in Cairns - where he began his NBL career at the Taipans - last week produced Adelaide's first triple-double in a decade with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the 36ers' win over the Orangemen.

Julius Hodge had Adelaide's previous triple-double in 2008 against Brisbane with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in a 48-minute game.

This round Sobey's 36ers twice will play Brisbane - home and away - the exciting Boomers guard with his own slice of history, his triple-double being the first for an Adelaide player at an opposition venue.

But just a day and half later in Auckland, where the 36ers arrived at 1:30am for their battle with the Breakers at lunchtime, Adelaide was trampled in a last quarter New Zealand stampede, impacting both club's rankings status.

The Sixers dropped a spot while New Zealand was the biggest mover, jumping from sixth to third.

How the Breakers fare in Perth against the #1 ranked Wildcats definitely will influence next week's analysis.

SOARING SOBES:  Nathan Sobey in action against Cairns. Pic via All Star Photos.

NBL RANKINGS This Wk-Prev (Record)

8 (7) TAIPANS 1-3: Went down fighting but now host the defending champs. It gets no easier.

7 (8) BULLETS 2-3: Split last round but beating Perth was big. Now it's two V the old foe.

6 (5) HAWKS 2-3: Away to derby rival Sydney and cannot surrender another big start.

5 (4) KINGS 2-2: Hawks at home, champs away on Melb Cup Eve. Time to show their worth.

4 (3) 36ERS 3-3: Away and home against Brisbane makes a sweep a tough ask.

3 (6) BREAKERS 2-2: Back in Perth for a revealing "who is for real" battle.

2 (2) UNITED 3-2: Cairns is no gimme, then host Sydney on Cup Eve. Challenging for sure.

1 (1) WILDCATS 4-1: Found out on the road and will be keen to ice their Breakers enemies.

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FOUR of Round 4's six WNBL games will be shown live on FOX SPORTS this week in a major coup for the women's competition.

You can catch Perth at Sydney tomorrow night on Fox, Melbourne at Dandenong for the Michele Timms Cup on Saturday afternoon (also on SBS), then Adelaide at Bendigo on Saturday night, with Bendigo at Melbourne on Monday night in the annual WNBL Melbourne Cup Eve showdown. 

It should be quite the feast of WNBL action and sure to cause some havoc on the rankings as they now stand.

Bendigo is under the spotlight, needing to first reverse a huge road loss in Adelaide, before taking on Melbourne in the Cup Eve showdown. Can the Spirit repeat their season start?

HOT COFFEY: Nia Coffey, with one of her 20 rebounds last week. Pic via Mandy Hedderwick.

WNBL RANKINGS This Wk-Prev (Record)

8 (8) FLAMES 0-4: Home to top side Perth, away to second-placed Canberra. Must get a split.

7 (2) SPIRIT 2-2: Tumbled from top to 7th and have 29 points to make up on Adelaide.

6 (7) FIRE 2-2: Smacked by Lynx in Perth, this is a perfect opportunity to make amends.

5 (3) RANGERS 2-2: Timms Cup at stake in their only match of the round, tough at home.

4 (4) BOOMERS: 2-2: Escaped Caps and have a Vic rivalry round against Dandy, Bendigo.

3 (5) LIGHTNING 2-2: Only have to follow last week's gameplan but life's tough on road.

2 (1) CAPITALS 3-1: Should be too strong at home for a Sydney team watching season slide.

1 (6) LYNX 3-1: Massive mover after positive few rounds but this trip is a litmus test.

Oct 31

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