After yesterday’s thrilling victory over Worcester Wolves in the BBL Playoff quarter-finals, the Jets will face BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles in the semi-finals of the BBL Playoffs. The away leg will be played in Newcastle on Friday, with the return leg at the Northgate on Sunday:
Jets @ Eagles – Friday 4th May @ 7.30pm
Jets v Eagles – Sunday 6th May @ 5.30pm
Two of the surprise packages of this season’s BBL Championship meet at Worcester University on Saturday evening in the last of the four BBL Championship quarter-final first legs.
Wolves recorded their highest ever finish in the regular season as their 22-8 record was enough to take third spot, only missing out on the runners-up medal on the head-to-head tiebreaker with Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. Meanwhile, the Jets’ post-season hopes looked dead and buried in late March, but six wins in their final seven games saw the Cheshire side finish the season with a 13-17 record to edge out One Health Sharks Sheffield for sixth place. [read more]
As the Jets get ready to face Worcester Wolves in the playoff quarter-finals tomorrow we caught up with Adam Brown to ask about the team’s preparation and, more importantly, what are those mohawks all about!?
“They started as a joke at first,” Adam says. “Then became a team bonding type of thing. We were all just chilling and Colin asked Bill if could he give him a Mohawk. Bill said “let’s do it” and Colin started acting like he was cutting him one, but I grabbed the clippers and took off half his hair. There was no turning back after that.”
“Bill’s looked decent,” Adam continued. “So I cut Colin’s next, then gave myself one. I recently gave Kai Williams one as well, but Matt went to the barber to get his.”
This story says less about Adam’s barber skills than it does about the Jets’ team chemistry and how they all get along off the court. “We all get along very well on this team – there’s lots of laughter and good times,” says Adam. “Also we all can talk too each other on the court without having attitudes, which is a huge difference from other teams I have been on.”
After a generally frustrating season the Jets are hitting form right when it counts – playoff time – and the challenges and obstacles they’ve faced as a team during the season have brought them closer together, which is now showing on the court. “This season has been nothing short of frustrating,” agreed Adam. “We have all come from winning programs and are used to winning, so losing hasn’t been normal for us. I believe we have one of the most talented teams in the league as individuals and team wise, so the struggle we have had was surprising. Having five guys to play a whole game while others have 8 to 10 players was a challenge in itself, but all excuses aside we should have done better.”
A run of four straight wins (and six out of seven) heading in to the playoffs could hardly have been better preparation to launch an assault as the dark horses of the playoffs. “ Our team chemistry is at a season high and were playing great basketball,” admits Adam. ”Our confidence in our team is very high right now and will remain like this throughout the playoffs. We are at the peak of our performance as a team and individually, so we do believe we will make a run in the playoffs.”
The first hurdle in the playoff run is a trip to Worcester to face the Wolves in the quarter-finals – a team the Jets have struggled with this season. “Our team is playing the best basketball we have played all year and even though the Wolves have beaten us three times we are confident we can play with them and will give them a run for their money,” says Adam. “Losing is never the plan when the Cheshire Jets step on the floor.”
The Jets visit Worcester tomorrow (Saturday 28th April) in the BBL Playoff quarter-final first leg, with the second leg on Sunday 29th April at the Northgate [buy tickets].
Sixth spot in the final BBL Championship table is up for grabs when the Jets host One Health Sharks Sheffield later on today.
The Sharks are currently holding sixth, two points ahead of the Jets, but a victory today would see the Jets move level on point, but would also give them the head-to-head decider. Sixth place in the table earns a date with Worcester Wolves in the playoff quarter finals, while seventh would set up a tie against Leicester Riders. [read more]