Premier League Power Rankings Round 8
1. Norwood Flames
What a difference a week makes. May have been harsh dropping them as low as they were last week and they sure proved their metal against Forestville. The loss against Woodville is in the rear view and with ex-import Brian Moultrie set to join them on Anzac day, they join the the top line of title favourites.
2. Mount Gambier Pioneers
Easily took care of North Adelaide after losing handily to them in week 1. Imports appear to have found their role and Daly boys looming as the best back court in the league. If Burdon finds his shooting touch it could be lights out for the competition.
3. Forestville Eagles
A one point loss to a good side is hardly the end of the world but for a group expected not to be challenged for the season it may have exposed some weaknesses. Rios finding some form to provide spark off the bench would help their cause.
4. Southern Tigers
After a comeback OT win against Mavs I thought the Tigers might be shaky but they steadied to handle a reeling West team. Will still need to beat some genuine contenders to move up but appear to be finding a little bit of form after a slow start.
5. North Adelaide Rockets
Tough road trip to the Mount and you can't help but feel they're underachieving slightly right now. Have the talent and coaching smarts to turn it around quickly though. Never easy early season with a brand new point guard, no matter how talented he is.
6. Central District Lions
Will be happy to have taken care of South at home. Imports both looking dangerous now with Riewer starting to show his class. Would probably have taken 4-3 if offered it at the start of the year. Will be looking to make a finals push.
7. Woodville Warriors
Handled business against the insipid Sturt. Looks as though Stanbridge has begun his mid season hiatus and they didn't skip a beat. Perry with a break out game of 40, hopefully a sign of things to come for the Warriors.
8. Eastern Mavericks
Two OT losses against teams who are finals contenders (or title contenders in Norths case) show they are on the right path.The next step will be learning to win those tight ones as it appears they had opportunities in both game. Morris may be the best import in the league.
9. West Adelaide Bearcats
Didn't expect these guys to stay down this low but after a weekend off and a loss by 20 to Southern there's no choice. Still have the veteran experience and coaching chops to make a finals run but have put themselves behind the eight ball.
11. Sturt Sabres
11a. South Adelaide Panthers
One of these teams will finally get off the 11th place line this week. Zach Allmon could prove a handful for Sturt but the Sabres have depth on their side. The coach of the losing side would be looking over their shoulder on Friday.
Bonus Easter All-Premier League teams through the first 1/3 of the season
PG Tom Daly 24ppg, 5.8apg - Has led the Pioneers after a shaky start. All class and you can see why he's been successful at SEABL level for a long time.
SG James Legan 23.4ppg, 25 3s made - Top scorer on the best team. Proving Wet didn't fully utilise his abilities last year.
SF Anthony Drmic 27.2ppg, 7.8rpg - Struggled in week 1 but has shown since then he's a quality scorer inside and out in this league.
PF Majok Deng 26.8ppg, 11.9rpg - Has been the most consistent of the Eagles, and a tough matchup for any side.
C Brandon Morris 27.4ppg, 11rpg - Seems to be getting better every game. A handful inside with his post move and athletic ability
PG Kane De Wit 8.3ppg, 8.9apg - Running the show at the Eagles and playing both ends. And underrated recruit this season.
SG Jack McVeigh 21.1ppg, 6.7rpg - Playing the 3 but we will slide him in here. Consistent scoring throughout the season.
SF Kentrell Barkley 21.2ppg, 14.8rpg - Started slowly but has shown he's a stat stuffer across the board with some big games.
PF CJ Turnage 26.3ppg, 11.2 rpg - Numbers up on last season, hasn't skipped a beat and is a tough cover inside.
C Brandon Brine - 20.4ppg, 10.9rpg - Another great Norwood recruit, has been played out of position but still had some monster games.
Honourable mention: Zach Allmon, Alex Starling, Tobias Dowdell, Greg Mays
Some fantastic players in the league this year - the most talent I have seen on the mens side in well over a decade. Going to be a fun race to the finals with some good sides missing out.