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Chester pick up uni-ball Trophy 

Before the uni-ball Trophy final, Chester coach Robbie Peers promised to lead a conga around the court if his team won the first major title in their history.

There was no stopping Peers afterward as he led a dancing line of celebration, the affable playcaller ecstatic after his team's 92-81 defeat of Newcastle Eagles at the NIA.

"I can't believe it," said Peers. "We played excellent, we have struggled with them all year, but we played so well tonight - we controlled the game." 

New Zealand captain Pero Cameron was named Most Valuable Player of the final, the Kiwi star firing 20 points to spark the victors to turn a first quarter deficit into a half-time lead.

Eagles edged the early stages with a 14-2 tear in the first quarter, but Jets clawed their way back into the
game to trail by only three points at 27-24 by the end of the quarter. Jets then took over in the second
quarter, keeping Eagles to just ten points, while they netted 25 to pull out a 49-37 lead by the half. 

With Newcastle's guards being out-shone by their less favoured opposite numbers, Eagles skipper Tony Windless did his best to lead his side back into contention, at times their sole threat as he rolled to a game-best 29 points.

Alas there was too little support although a 0-9 run from the Tyneside outfit cut the cushion to just 69-66 early in the final period, as they kept Jets scoreless for more than three minutes..

However Jets fired up seven unanswered points in reply to re-build their advantage and with Loren Meyer finishing the scoring with an alley-oop to take his tally to 26, the 700 travelling fans from Chester rose in unison to salute their heroes.

"They came at us in the third and fourth quarters, trying to turn the screw," said Cameron. "But we resisted.

Peers hails monumental achievement

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