CHESTER Jets clinched a hat-trick of BBL Trophy victories in a thrilling final against London Towers at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield on Saturday.
They went into the game with Kenny Gregory, Calvin Davis and John Thomas unable the train because of injuries, but they produced a gutsy performance to pip Towers at the post with a score of 84-82.
Todd Cauthorn, who lives in Sheffield, took the MVP award, but Gregory, who played with the help of painkillers for his knee injury, was Jets' top scorer.
They led 30-26 at the end of the first quarter and 56-43 at the intereval, but Towers stormed back to outscore the holders in the third quarter and trailed by just four points.
They thought they had levelled with the last shot of the game, but after an agonising wait officials confirmed their basket had dropped after the buzzer and the Jets players and army of fans began their celebrations.
The Jets carried on where they left off in Sheffield when they beat Newcastle Eagles 105-91at the Northgate Arena on Sunday.
It was a vital victory which keeps their title hopes alive and was achieved with a performance of great character in the absence of Kenny Gregory who was rested suffering from a knee injury which nearly kept him out of the BBL Trophy Final.
Jets trailed at the end of the first three quarters, but put in a storming finish to clip the Eagles' wings.