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.
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
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