This weekend the Jet’s will continue their turnaround season in the playoff semi-finals against BBL Regular Season Champion Newcastle Eagles. With the away leg being played in Newcastle on Friday, the men in black will return to the Northgate on Sunday to finish the series:
Jets Vs. Eagles – Friday 4th May @ 7.30pm
Jets Vs. Eagles – Sunday 6th May @ 5.30pm
The importance of this game is not to be overlooked, and American Centre Matthew Schneck had this message for the fans:
“After what they’ve accomplished this year and in years past, we look at the Newcastle Eagles with a lot of respect. I think that their current situation, is the direction the community and those in our front office are hoping our club can eventually head. In order to do that, you’ve got to compete in big games like this weekend. There have been few times throughout the season where the spotlight has been on us, so it’s time to perform. We’ve had a great turn-around, and an enjoyable past month, but there is more we as a unit would like to accomplish. Heading into the game we’re the underdogs, which takes the pressure off a little bit, and after a good practice last night, you can tell our mindset is what it needs to be. We’re hoping to give back to the fans this weekend. And hoping that they will come out to support us both away in Newcastle and on Sunday at the Northgate.”
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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 his side prepare for a crucial test against the Jets that could be decisive in the playoff race, Prestige Homes MK Lions coach Mike New has described the Jets’ starting five as one of the strongest in the BBL.
“Jets are a team with as strong a starting five as there is in the BBL” said New. “With [Matt] Schneck, [Bill] Cole and Colin O’Reilly they have size, athleticism and an array of skills.
“Adam Brown is playing at a high level and Williams has been a good fit for them. We match up well against Jets and we were missing a few players in our last match up, but this is a must win for both teams and we both know it.
“We will have to battle on the boards at both ends because they are relentless on the glass. We aren’t playing bad ourselves at the moment and the game will no doubt be a good one.”
A win for both sides is vital, with Jets heading into the weekend in eighth place with a 9-17 record while Lions are hot on their heels 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 Friday’s game. Both previous meetings this season have been at Cheshire’s Northgate Arena, with Lions winning 86-75 in December before Jets gained revenge in February with an 85-76 victory.
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.
It’s certain that every athlete in the BBL has taken a different path to land themselves in England’s premier basketball division. However, as ink hits paper on their first professional contract, player’s collegiate/club career often turns into a quick synopsis included in a yearly expanding Eurobasket biography. Over here at the Jet’s front office, we’ve decided to share the past experiences of some of your favorite players to dress in black and yellow this season. Look for a weekly throwback, and further get to know the young men that represent your community in the basketball world.
With two consecutive wins, the Jets look primed to make a push for the playoffs and as such this article from Feburuary 06,2011 penned by Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune seemed the perfect fit. A little over a year ago, 42,000+ Illinois students sat on edge, as Hine outlined Bill Cole and the Fighting Illini’s desire for March Madness, the collegiate version of the post-season.