SUNDAY sees Cheshire Jets appear in their second final of the season in the BBL Trophy, but the occasion will not faze Jerrah Young, writes ALEC DOYLE.
The youngest of the Cheshire Jets’ forwards is preparing for his second BBL showpiece event since joining the club in early January.
“It doesn’t take much getting used to,” said 24-year-old Young. “This is where the club wants to be and the coach wants us to be involved in these games.
“He has told us silverware should be our goal this season and I believe we can win on Sunday.”
After tasting defeat with the Jets in his first two games for the Northgate Arena side, including one against Sunday’s final opponents Newcastle Eagles, Young was thrust into the BBL Cup final against Sheffield Sharks at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
Despite the fact the Jets lost, the big atmosphere gave Young an early taste of what it is to be successful in the BBL.
“The last final was a great occasion but I felt as a team we didn’t perform,” he said. “Since then we have started winning games and looking strong.
“I have adjusted to the physical demands of the BBL and the travelling we have had to do, but I am really enjoying the league and after losing the cup, winning the trophy means a lot to me.”
The Chicago-born import has brought an athleticism to the Jets forward options that has helped veteran players like Shawn Myers and James Hamilton turn back the years as the Jets have put together a number of dominant performances in the last few weeks.
“I have worked to fit my game into the team plays and the team has adjusted to get the best out of me,” said Young.
“We are a very different prospect now to the team who got beat by Sheffield in the cup final. Last time I played Newcastle Eagles they had our number but I think the way we’re playing at the moment we could take this one.”