Cheshire Jets open their season away tomorrow night against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, and despite the pressures of bringing together a team in such a short space of time, player-coach James Hamilton is confident he can mastermind a surprise result.
Mar 11 2012 by Alec Doyle, Chester Chronicle
PLYMOUTH Raiders came to the Northgate Arena bringing many potential stories, but the one which was played out for the Cheshire Jets’ crowd was of hope and disappointment.
Many people were talking about the battle of the brothers, the first competitive meeting between the Jets’ Kai Williams and older sibling Jamal, also a former Jet.
As it turned out Jamal played just over four minutes while Kai was out there for nearly 39 and made a double double 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Another topic of discussion was the return of 2010/11 BBL Championship MVP Jeremy Bell to the Northgate with the Raiders. He ended up causing the Jets a lot of problems with his speed, getting to the free-throw line for 11 attempts and making eight of them.
Mar 8 2012 by Alec Doyle, Chester Chronicle
AFTER being brought down to earth with two defeats by BBL Championship title contenders, the Cheshire Jets are keen to revive their BBL Championship play-off bid against Plymouth Raiders on Sunday (5.30pm).
The Northgate Arena welcomes back former Jets Anthony Martin, Jeremy Bell and Jamal Williams, brother of recent Jets signing Kai Williams, but there will be no affection after tip-off as the Jets know how important victory is.
“The magic number is five wins to push ourselves into the play-offs,” said Jets centre Matt Schneck.
“Plymouth are a difficult team, they give us trouble athletically but the way we’ve been playing lately shows signs of brightness and I think if you look at the past two weekends we have been playing against the top of the table.
WORCESTER Wolves coach Paul James is preparing his side to face a Jets side that – Sunday aside – have shown signs that on their day they could humble any team in the BBL Championship this month.
The Jets go to Worcester on Saturday evening and James said: “The Jets are a team with a lot of talent that has not fired consistently this season.
“However they have shown in recent weeks that if they get it together they can compete with any team in the league.
THIRTEEN proved a lucky number for the Cheshire Jets against Newcastle Eagles as their 13-point home defeat on Sunday could have been a lot more.
In the opening quarter they were torn open by the three-point shooting of Andrew Thompson, who gave head coach Fabulous Flournoy an amazing platform on which to build another victory for the BBL Championship leaders.
But in the final quarter the Jets came back at their visitors, giving them a small reminder that when they apply themselves, the Northgate Arena outfit are a side everyone will want to avoid should they make the play-offs.