Round nine of the 2016 Dooley's Ultimate Basketball League (UBL) competition saw many short-handed player rosters in action, with several players drawn away for a national three-on-three contest.
Those absentees could not however dampen the strong 127-79 win by reigning premiers the Sydney City Cobras over this season's early front runners, the Western Sydney Vikings.
Five players on the Cobras roster hit double-doubles in the high-scoring win, with two of those players just missing triple-doubles.
German national league forward Paul Brotherson led the Cobras with 38 points and 12 boards, ahead of former Bathurst Goldminers Youth League centre Sam McCorkindale with 34 points and 16 boards.
The Parramatta Wildcats were one of the teams left short-handed on the day but did just enough to defeat the ever-improving St George Saints 83-74, led by Sam Gyimah with 22 points, Daniel Briggs 21 and Kyron Ili and Jamie Newth scoring 18 points apiece.
The Norwest Giants finally broke through for their first win of the season, defeating a courageous Central Bulls 112-96, in spite of a last quarter surge from the Bulls.
Harman Josan led the Giants with 33 points and 27 boards, ahead of Daniel Eyre-Thompson with 25 points and boards and Pratik Kesdar with 25 points.
The final game of the day saw the Sydney Warriors return to winning form, behind the hot shooting of Lachlan Barker (29 points) and Sydney Kings development player Tony Tolovae (26).
This weekend's best games appear to be on early, with the Giants facing the Warriors at 1pm and the Wildcats taking on the might of the Cobras at 2.45pm.