Newly crowned BBL regular season champions Newcastle Eagles finish their regular season home campaign tonight when as the Jets visit Sport Central.
It will be Jets’ first trip to Newcastle this season, although the teams could yet meet in the play-off quarter-final. Eagles have had contrasting wins in the two meetings at Northgate Arena earlier in the campaign, winning 78-74 in November and 95-82 three months later.
While the Eagles are assured of top spot, Jets – who go into the weekend with an 11-17 record – can finish anywhere between sixth and eighth, and they will need to surprise Newcastle on their own court if they are to get the higher post-season seed. [read more]
The Jets continue their push for a BBL Championship play-off place this afternoon when Glasgow Rocks are the visitors to Northgate Arena.
After Friday’s key win at Prestige Homes MK Lions the team are two points clear in eighth place with a 10-17 record while Rocks locked up fifth after beating the Sharks on Friday.
Despite the difference in league positions between the two sides, Jets have had the better of the meetings between them this season, winning 85-78 in November and edging a thriller 80-78 at Northgate Arena in February. [read more]
The race for the final BBL Championship play-off places look likely to go down to the wire and there’s a key game in Milton Keynes tonight when the Jets visit Prestige Homes MK Lions.
A win for both sides is crucial, with Jets heading into the weekend in eighth place with a 9-17 record while Lions are hot on their heals in ninth spot with eight wins from 26 games.
The head-to-head decider could yet prove crucial, and it will be sealed by the winner of tonight’s game. Both previous meetings this season have been at the Northgate Arena, with Lions winning 86-75 in December before Jets gained revenge in February with an 85-76 victory. [read more]
BBL commentator and Sky Sports columnist Daniel Routledge has tipped the Jets to hold on to the final playoff position on the back of recent form and last week’s double winning weekend.
Speaking in his latest Sky Sports column Routledge notes the Jets “have the look of a team with enough momentum to scramble into at least that final play-off spot”, although he concedes that next Friday’s head-to-head decider against the Lions could prove decisive for the run-in.
You can read Daniel’s full column about the Jets recent form and the play-off run in here.
There’s a key BBL Championship match-up at John Sandford Sports Centre tonight as Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders host the Jets.
While they have only an outside chance of denying Newcastle Eagles the title, Riders can still take the runners-up spot, and they head into the game in fourth place with a 17-7 record. Meanwhile, a pair of wins last weekend has seen Jets move up to eighth place with nine wins from 25 games. [read more]
Sunday’s Jets v Heat game is the featured game in the BBL’s weekly video round-up – relive the drama of Sunday and find out what Coach Lavery, Matt and Adam had to say after the game!
As the race for a place in the BBL Championship play-offs intensifies, there’s a key match-up at Northgate Arena tonight as the Jets host Guildford Heat.
Last week’s victory against Durham Wildcats saw Heat take a firm hold on seventh place in the BBL Championship table having won ten of their 24 games, while Friday’s victory in Sheffield sees the Jets head into the weekend in joint eighth place with an 8-16 record. [read more]
The battle for a place in the BBL Championship play-offs continues at the EIS tonight when One Health Sharks Sheffield host Cheshire Jets.
The Sharks are seventh in the table with an 11-14 record, while Jets are still chasing the eighth and final post-season spot, and are currently tenth with seven wins from 23 games. [read more]
Jets coach John Lavery isn’t hitting the panic button just yet as the team bids to squeeze into the play-offs.
Sat in ninth position and still not occupying a play-off berth despite their morale boosting north-west derby success last weekend against Mersey Tigers, the Jets must overhaul some of their play-off rivals in the coming month or so to make it to the post-season.
But, far from worrying too much, a relaxed Lavery is trying not to look past this weekend when his team will have to play to the peak of their powers to grab a home success against high flying Worcester Wolves.
“It is hard to say how many wins we need to make a play off spot and so we’re just taking one game at a time” explained Lavery.
“Hopefully pick up as many wins as possible and just see what happens around the league.”
There’s all to play for at Northgate Arena this evening as thee Jets host local rivals Mersey Tigers in a key BBL Championship match-up.
Both sides sit just outside the play-off zone, with Jets in ninth place with a 6-15 record and Tigers one spot behind them, also with six wins but having played two games more.
The head-to-head decider is also at stake on Sunday, with the teams having split the pair of Championship at Knowsley Culture & Leisure Centre. Tigers edged an overtime classic 102-97 in December, but a month ago the Jets gained revenge with an 83-72 victory. The teams also split their pair of BBL Trophy games, Tigers winning 83-78 at Northgate Arena and Jets recording a 74-62 road win in the return. [read more]