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Chester Jets 81, Manchester Giants 62

JETS completed a double triumph to make a great start to the new BBL campaign.

JETS completed a double triumph to make a great start to the new BBL campaign.

Following their win at Derby Storm the previous night they overpowered a new-look Manchester Giants side with a strong defensive performance.

The visitors looked the sharper in the opening exchanges and raced into a 16-6 lead.

However, following Robbie Peers' time-out, Jets fought back with an amazing 19-2 run that stretched into the second quarter and put them 25-18 ahead.

They swarmed the Giants players beneath the boards and the visitors just couldn't score, while at the other end, new-boys John Thomas and John McCord did the damage.

Jets led 19-18 at the first quarter break and their defensive dominance was such that they conceded just four points from open play in the second quarter.

By now skipper James Hamilton was scoring freely as he led Jets into a 35-24 half-time lead.

The third quarter was bossed by Thomas for Jets and Giants' powerful Clyde Ellis as their contrasting styles both proved effective.

It was the former who grabbed the edge in the scoring stakes between the duo (11-10) thanks to a monster three-pointer and Jets led 61-42 at three-quarter time.

Scoring was evenly matched in the final period with the ever-impressive Rick Mickens leading the way for Giants, but the game was always well out of reach for the visitors.

Jets have been together for less than a week and their shooting options from all personnel coupled with defensive doggedness should ensure another exciting season.

Said Peers: 'When we put this team together we thought we've got some athletes who could play defence. In the first half we were 2/14 from outside shooting but still went from 10 down to 15 up. Maybe by February or March we might make a shot!'

Jets scorers: Thomas (25); Hamilton (22); McCord (21); Davis (13).

* Chester opened the season last Saturday with a 97-70 triumph at Derby Storm. Calvin Davis was their star man with 26 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Jets' next game is against BBL champions Leicester Riders at the Northgate Arena on Sunday (5.30pm).


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