Cheshire Jets made an emphatic return to the Northgate Arena with a 24 point victory over local rivals, Mersey Tigers, 88-64.
Despite a valiant effort from the new look Cheshire Jets, James Hamilton’s side were left to taste an 80-72 defeat in the opening game of the BBL Championship away to Leicester Riders.
A packed out Northgate saw the Jets power through the Sharks to head into the quarter final play off’s this weekend as a serious threat.
QPR’S Djibril Cisse, his wife Jude and their family were in the crowd to see John Lavery’s men recorded their sixth win in seven games with a 98-77 victory which saw the Jets move into sixth place in the league table. The Jets outscored the Sharks by 19 points in a dominant second half. There were two double-doubles to delight the hosts with Matt Schneck finishing on 17 points and 14 rebounds while Bill Cole added with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but the plaudits were saved for Colin O’Reilly who finished with a 17 point, 10 rebound and 10 assist triple-double.
Jets had also won on Friday night as they travelled to Newcastle and beat the champions 96-81 on their own court. Kai Williams led all scorers with 29 points, including 5/6 three-pointers, and 8 rebounds; both Colin O’Reilly (19 points and 10 rebounds) and Matt Schneck (15 & 16) had double-doubles for the Jets.
The quarter final match up see’s the Jets travel down to third place Worcester on Saturday then back up for Sunday’s what’s sure to be one of the most thrilling games of the season. Tickets are now available online at www.jetsbasketball.org.u
In the most meaningful fixture on the last afternoon of the regular season, Jets and Sharks battled it out in a winner-takes-all match up for sixth spot in the final standings.
Both teams headed onto the court at Northgate Arena buoyed by Friday night wins against Newcastle Eagles and UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders respectively and it was Jets who emerged victorious as they exploded during an absolutely stunning second half. [read more]
The BBL Champions, Newcastle Eagles, have lost three games in a row after going down 81-96 at home to the Cheshire Jets, who themselves have won three in a row and five of their last six as they chase sixth spot in the BBL Championship table – they can secure that with a win over the One Health Sharks Sheffield on Sunday. [read more]
Jets Power Their Way Through Play Offs
Jets fans were treated to the unusual sight [unique so far this season], of the bench players, en masse, playing out the last couple of minutes of the game against the Rocks, after the starters had produced their second impressive performance of the weekend, and ensured that the team would be taking part in the post-season . After a convincing road victory at Milton Keynes on Friday, just a single victory out of the last three games would have been enough, but John Lavery’s men did not feel the need to wait until the last moment, as they produced one of their most impressive performances of the campaign to record a 80-67 win against the Glasgow Rocks, and with it a clean sweep against the team from over the border.
Major credit must be given to skipper Colin O’Reilly, who continued with his blistering late season form with 29 points – including 6 treys, but he was ably supported by Adam Brown with 17 and Bill Cole and Matt Schneck with 11 apiece. A special mention should also go out to Matt, who was suffering from a bout of food poisoning, but put in a 30 minute shift, despite looking like a shadow of his normal self!
Cheshire Jets earned a potentially vital victory in the playoffs last night as they won 95-78 at Prestige Homes MK Lions. The victory leaves the Jets eighth with a 10-17 record, two points ahead of Mersey Tigers in ninth and four ahead of the Lions in tenth and with the advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker over both sides.
Adam Brown led all scorers, recording a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists as well as pulling down 7 rebounds and earning 4 steals. Bill Cole and Matt Schneck also recorded double-doubles for the Jets. As a team, they made 17/19 free throws, with both misses coming in the final quarter with the game already effectively decided. For the Lions, Daniel Northern top scored with 23. [read more]
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders came from behind with a powerful final quarter performance to defeat Cheshire Jets 85-78 as Cameron Rundles poured in 27 points and both Andrew Sullivan and Ayron Hardy claimed double-doubles. [read more]
The Jets earned a crucial victory in the playoff race on Sunday, beating fellow playoff chasers Guildford Heat 80-75 at the Northgate Arena. The victory leaves Cheshire in the eighth and final playoff spot with 9 wins from 25 games, a win behind seventh-placed Guildford and a win ahead of both Prestige Homes MK Lions and Mersey Tigers in ninth and tenth spots respectively.
Adam Brown led all scorers with 30 points for Cheshire, 21 of them coming in the second half as the Jets fought back after trailing by as many as twelve points. His teammate Matt Schneck amassed 17 points and 19 rebounds. For the Heat, Tayo Ogedengbe top scored with 20 points. [read more]
The Jets have jumped into the BBL Championship playoff spots after inflicting a third straight defeat on the One Health Sharks Sheffield, 72-78 at the English Institute of Sport. That result levelled the head-to-head between the teams, with the deciding game to come on the final day of the regular season.
Adam Brown turned in a match-winning performance with 22 points and 7 assists, with Matt Schneck adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Sharks were led by a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds from Mike Tuck. [read more]