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]
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]
The Worcester Wolves closed the gap to just two points at the top of the BBL Championship table thanks to a comfortable 65-94 victory over the Cheshire Jets at the Northgate Arena. [read more]
JETS TAME TIGERS IN TOUGH LOCAL DERBY
By: Mike DeVitt March 19, 2012
Mersey Tigers may have come to the Northgate shorthanded – but it didn’t stop them from scrapping to the very last seconds to try and salvage some local pride in the last of the North West derby matches on Sunday evening. They were probably grateful that the game did not go to overtime, as they were rapidly running out of players! Valuable as the two points were to Jets in their quest to join the play-offs, of more concern will be the fitness of Bill Cole, who limped off court less than two minutes into the second half, and was last seen heading for the locker room in the company of the physiotherapist; as head coach John Lavery noted after the game – Bill has been the outstanding defensive player not only of the Jets, but also of the league this year – and any prolonged absence would clearly have a damaging effect on the team’s chances of making further progress this season!
The scene was set for a no holds barred [sometimes literally] encounter when the Tigers came out determined to impose themselves physically on the game and not to let Jets settle to their attacking sets. Sam Cricelli racked up a quick couple of fouls – seemingly intent on a very early first go of the showers – and even caused an early bench technical for a bizarre exchange of views with a man with a whistle as he went to sit after the second of his transgressions! Jets seemed put off their stride by this in-your-face approach, and despite having the majority of the possession and a good proportion of decent looks both in and out of the paint, were never ahead in the quarter, though they were on equal terms at 6-6, 8-8 and 10-10. Matthew Otten – in the way that returning ex-Jets seem to have – top scored for the Tigers with 7 personal , while Bill Cole matched that for the home team. As the buzzer sounded to close the quarter, somehow the visitors lead by 5 at 16-21 – but this was more to do with the number of opportunities that the Jets had let slip than any noticeable trans-Mersey superiority! [read more]
Cheshire Jets kept up their pursuit of a play-off spot and won bragging rights in the north-west with an exciting 84-79 victory over Mersey Tigers.
Colin O’Reilly continued his recent good form to lead Jets scorers with 22 points as they led from midway in the third quarter to keep their opponents at bay. Miles Hesson led all scorers with 23 points for the visitors. [read more]
UCP Plymouth Raiders kept their alive their hopes of the BBL title by holding off the fast charging Cheshire Jets 109-105 in Devon.
Leading 83-68 after three quarters the home side seemed to be more affected by a 20 minute delay for a new backboard after mascot ‘Foxy’ shattered it.
The Jets pulled to within two at 98-96 on a Bill Cole three before Gavin Love’s team recovered their composure with an Anthony Rowe three and free throws by Jeremy Bell and Lehmont Colbert to see out the win. [read more]