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Adelaide shock NBL

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Josh Bristow

It's safe to say that at the start of the NBL season few pundits had Joey Wright's Adelaide 36ers anywhere near the NBL play-offs.

But heading into round 11, the 36ers are second and riding a season-best streak of five consecutive wins.

Over the weekend they blew away the Breakers in New Zealand 102-92 and put paid to the Cairns Taipans 96-83 in Far North Queensland.

In what should be the game of the round, they now come up against ladder leaders Sydney at home with the Kings smarting after being on the wrong end of an 88-81 encounter with Melbourne United on Sunday night.

Wright says everything's fallen into place for his men.

"We just want to play right now. We're in a great rhythm, we know what we're doing on both ends of the floor and we are looking to play again as soon as possible," he said.

With an average age of 24, Adelaide boasts the youngest roster in the NBL but the kids in blue are terrorising teams with enviable age and experience.

Livewire guard Nathan Sobey was particularly menacing on Monday night against Cairns, grabbing 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to go with several highlight dunks.

Eighteen-year-old NBA draft hopeful Terrance Ferguson has stolen much of the limelight of late but with representatives from four different NBA clubs watching on in Cairns, Sobey says the team wasn't motivated by showing off in-front of the Ferguson circus.

"Absolutely not we have one focus on the game coming in and that is all we care about," he said.

Dejected Cairns Taipan coach Aaron Fearne was left only to praise Wright's fiery youngsters following the loss.

"We played the best team in the league tonight," he offered.

"They just play hard and Joey has done a fantastic job coaching that team."

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