JETS were left reeling from back-to-back defeats at the weekend despite Jayson Obazuaye top-scoring in both games.
Individual heroics from the shooting guard were not enough to stave off an 89-74 loss to Plymouth Raiders last Friday and a 74-68 home defeat to rivals Sheffield Sharks on Sunday.
In a cruel twist of fate, Alto Virgil, whom Jets fought hard to keep in the close season, did most of the damage against his former employers, taking 21 points for the Sharks.
Jets had been handed encouragement by a capacity Northgate Arena crowd.
The game remained tight throughout and Obazuaye led the scoring with 26 points. But Virgil seized control in the last two minutes, making a three-pointer and a field goal in consecutive plays.
Obazuaye had also taken the initiative at Plymouth with a 37-point haul, beating Drew Lasker (36) in a battle for supremacy between the two shooting guards.
But a late 15-4 run from the hosts killed off the game to make it a miserable opening weekend to the season for TJ Walker s men.