FOR the first time since 2006 Cheshire Jets defeated Newcastle Eagles, and it has left the four teams remaining in the BBL Cup all believing they now have a shot at glory.
They joined Leicester Riders and MK Lions in the semi-finals with a hard-fought but thrilling victory over the Eagles at the Northgate Arena on Sunday.
The reward for Paul Smith’s side is a semi-final showdown with the Lions, with the winners heading to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday, January 17 for the final.
Shawn Myers (15), Chez Marks (14) and Colin O’Reilly (11) led the points scoring for the Jets, who trailed at the end of the first (8-17) and second (28-34) periods before storming back in the third to take a 50-47 advantage into the final passage of play, with seven points from Marks and six from Frank Phifer doing the damage.
The lead changed hands on a numbers of occasions in a nip-and-tuck fourth quarter and the Jets just held the advantage.
But the defending league champions were not finished yet and Reggie Jackson made two shots from the free-throw line before a looping three-pointer to take the game into overtime bounced out as time expired.