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Jets in way of Sheffield ending jinx


Brighton 79
Chester 80

Chester Jets repeated their BBL Trophy Final heroics with another nail-biting success over champions Brighton Bears in the semi-finals of the BBL Championship Play-offs at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham - setting up a clash with Sheffield in Sunday's final

A great fourth quarter come-back saw Jets win 80-79, thanks to a 26-11 final stanza tear. Bears led 68-54 after three quarters, but Jets cut the gap to seven points at 79-72 with two minutes left. 

Six straight points from Jets made it a one-point game with one minute left at 79-78 to Brighton. Kendrick Warren had the chance to stretch Bears lead out again, but missed two foul shots and Ryan Huntley took advantage, bagging two free throws with 25 seconds left to give Jets the lead at 80-79. 

Earlier, Bears had seemed to take control of the game at 65-48 on the back of a 13-0 run in the third, following a close first half. Bears' 17-point lead was whittled away in the fourth and Jets hung on for the spoils. 

Calvin Davis led all scorers with 25 points; Yorick Williams added 18 for Bears.

Sheffield 94
London 88

Sheffield Sharks reached the BBL play-off final with a 94-88 defeat of London Towers, raising the possibility that Peter Scantlebury's men can finally end the club's barren assault on the end of season prize.

There was hardly nothing between the sides in the first quarter, with Sharks just ahead at 24-23. Both sides rained in three pointers in the second, but it was Sharks that pulled ahead, a 16-4 run giving them a 48-37 lead midway through the quarter. 

Towers battled back in the third and a 10-3 run cut the arrears to two points at 67-65 to Sharks. The teams traded baskets to the end of the third, with Sharks advantage at five points at 75-70. Again the long range shooting was crucial and Towers hit three treys in the early stages of the fourth to take their first lead since midway through the second - Towers led 81-80 with 7.25 to go in the game. 

The game remained close thereafter, but Justin Phoenix edged Sharks into a 92-88 lead and Rob Yanders sealed the result from the foul line. 

Nate Reinking led Sharks' scoring with 21 personal points, topped only by Towers' Rod Brown with 22.

BBL Finals Weekend

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