Playing for the Seahawks in last year s Big V grand final, Nathan Sobey is enjoying success in the US playing for Arizona s Cochise College. 110820LP72 Picture: LEANNE PICKETTWARRNAMBOOL basketballer Nathan Sobey has been recognised for a strong season with Arizona’s Cochise College but it is team recognition he is craving most.
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The Apaches have taken a crucial step towards repeating their success of last year, when they claimed the region one championship.

This year Cochise College, which competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), has finished on top of the division one ladder after producing a stellar win-loss record of 25-5.

“We are ranked 19th in the nation at the moment,” Sobey said

“I’m happy about where we finished but we are not finished yet.

“There is unfinished business.”

Last year’s Warrnambool Seahawks captain has averaged about 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game this season, leading to a spot in the first team all-region side.

But he brushed off the personal achievement, saying that he was simply focused on team success.

The 21-year-old hopes he can keep contributing in finals, which start Thursday when the Apaches take on Central Arizona.

“If we win Thursday, we will play Saturday in the region championship again,” he said.

“It was a very good feeling to finish on top of our conference and become ACCAC (Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) champions.

“It was always our goal to get to that situation again and get to the national tournament.”

If Cochise triumphs in the region championship, it will earn a ticket to the opening round of the national tournament.

“If we win that, we go to Kansas for the sweet 16 of the national tournament,” Sobey said.

The guard is in his second season of the NJCAA, playing more minutes than he did as a freshman.

“I worked hard all pre-season and I’ve continued to work hard and it has paid off,” he said.

“It’s really good to see the results.

“I am playing a lot better than last year and playing a different role as I’m a starter this year.”

Cochise has tapered off its training ahead of the playoffs. “I (was doing) weights at 6am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and practising every day except Sunday,” Sobey said.

“(Now I’m) practising three times a week maximum.

“The season is long, so coach Carrillo is resting us and giving us the best possible chance to win.”

The basketballer said he would potentially return to Warrnambool in May for about a month before heading back to the US.

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