Cheshire Jets made an emphatic return to the Northgate Arena with a 24 point victory over local rivals, Mersey Tigers, 88-64.
We’ve been inundated with tweets, Facebook messages, emails, even Toxteth the Tiger has turned up on our doorstep asking about tickets to our first home game of the season!
So here’s the lowdown on how and where to get them, but be warned they will go quicker than a speeding Jet…
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]
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]
Jets coach John Lavery was delighted as his side kept their play-off hopes alive with an 83-72 victory against Mersey Tigers at the weekend. [read more]
The Cheshire Jets snapped a four game losing streak in satisfying fashion as they beat their North West rivals the Mersey Tigers 72-83 in the race for BBL Championship Playoff spots. It is only their second road win of the season in the league, although they did previously win at the Tigers in the BBL Trophy in October. The Tigers remain winless at home since the start of December, when they beat the Jets in overtime. [read more]
North-west rivals Mersey Tigers and Cheshire Jets meet at Knowsley on Friday evening in a BBL Championship game which is key to both team’s play-off hopes. [read more]
Mersey Tigers posted a memorable and thrilling overtime success in the north-west derby against Cheshire Tigers to climb above their rivals in the table after securing a super 102-97 success. [read more]