TCS Chester Jets 92, Newcastle Eagles 94 (aet): JUST 24 hours after a morale-boosting 88-74 win at Sheffield Sharks, which ended the South Yorkshire outfit's hopes of winning the league, Jets were edged out in overtime on Sunday.
There was little to choose between two sides at the Northgate Arena throughout a typically enthralling encounter but, ultimately, the result ensured a third loss in four games for Jets.
Coach Paul Smith said: 'In the end, the difference between victory and defeat was the bounce of the ball. We won the BBL Trophy final in similar fashion, so I'm trying to be philosophical about things. If the last shot had bobbled out then we'd have won two great games this weekend and I would have been on cloud nine.
'We should have put the game away when we were six or seven points up, but we lacked the killer instinct. As the game went into overtime, I told the players, this is our time, you're big-game players who perform down the stretch. However, you've got to give credit to Fabulous Flournoy, to play and coach at this level doesn't bear thinking about.'
Despite strong openings from Calvin Davis and James Hamilton, who bagged eight of his 10-point total in the first quarter, Eagles had the upper hand in the early exchanges, going 35-26 up at the end of the first quarter.
Jets responded well in the second with highlights including a John McCord bucket after a determined burst from Mike Nurse and a Davis basket following slick passing from Ryan Huntley and Billy Singleton, putting Jets ahead for the first time since the opening minutes.
The hosts led 50-47 at the break but going in the final period where there was nothing to choose between the teams (70-70).
Former Jet Shawn Myers, who relishes his return visits to the Northgate, where he spent a brief spell in the autumn of 2002 before being cut by Robbie Peers, continued to torment the home side, leading all scorers with 30.
Both teams missed chances to steal the win in a frantic finale, including TJ Walker's attempted buzzer beater which fell short to leave the scores at 85-85 after 40 minutes.
With just 33.4 seconds remaining in overtime, skipper John McCord failed to convert a brace of shots from the free-throw line and Eagles player-boss Flournoy escaped down the other end of the court to bag the winner just before the shot clock sounded.
Jets' scorers: Davis (27); McCord (20); Huntley (13); Nurse & Singleton (both 11); Hamilton (10). Ellesmere Port Panthers reached the final fours of the RAF Cadet Women's Championship with a 93-38 win over Essex Swifts at The Hub on Sunday.
Coach Jim McGinn said: 'Our girls were on form and played their A-game with excellent shooting, passing, driving and, most of all, top-notch team defence.'
Panthers' leading scorers: Kirsty Leedham (18); Johannah Leedham & Nicole Clarke (both 16); Kim Jones & Emma Lacy (both 10); Vicky Lee 8; Amy Brice, Alex Lee & Abbie Thompson-Jones (all 2).