A PIVOTAL week lies ahead for the Cheshire franchise in the BBL Championship, but on the court the players did all they could to maintain the momentum of the campaign to preserve the club with a commanding victory over the Durham Wildcats.
As the fans were donating more than £1,900 to save the club it looked as though the Jets were still struggling to shake off Friday's defeat at Newcastle Eagles in the early stages.
Midway through the first quarter the Jets trailed 20-10 and had to claw their way back to trail by only three points after 10 minutes.
The second proved more evenly balanced, as the introduction of Chris Pearce seemed to inject more urgency and cohesiveness to the Jets side.
Towards the closing stages of the half both sides were trading scores but a buzzer-beating lay-up from Phil Brandreth gave the Jets the edge 44-42 heading into the break.
Whatever went on in the dressing room at half time certainly had an effect as the Jets came out and pulled away swiftly.
Alif Bland kicked it off and the point-scoring was shared by Gabe Haskins, Chez Marks, Brandreth and Shawn Myers as the Jets led 69-50.
Even a break by Pearce which saw the guard miss a dunk opportunity could not stifle the scoring as the Jets went into the fourth quarter leading 72-54.
In the last session the Jets found another gear from somewhere as they ran riot. Niel Gillard began to showboat toward the end and assistant coach Matty Lloyd even came on to play the last few minutes as the Jets clocked up more than 100 points to win by a comfortable 34 point margin.
At the end of a significant victory every Jets player had scored double figures, bar late arrival Lloyd, with veteran Shawn Myers adding yet another double-double to his growing tally this season with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Gabe Haskins matching him for both scores and rebounds to rack up his own double-double.
Scoring machine Chez Marks top-scored for the game with 26 with Bland adding 20.
After the game Lloyd said: “It was a lot more comfortable than our last home game. We had a tough loss on Friday which made us really kick ourselves ready for today so we came out, we were up by two at half time, third quarter we came out and outscored them massively so that was a good bonus.
“We took an early timeout in the first which was a risk but it was one we had to take to re-motivate the guys, switch things up tactically and reiterate our points from before the game.
“I think there is always a possibility of results like that in this league, anybody can beat anybody and with the core guys we've got there tonight they demonstrated their ability by all scoring double figures and if everybody can do that every week then everybody's contributing.”
He attempted to explain why the Jets performance against the Wildcats differed so greatly from Friday's loss at the Eagles.
“I think travel played a big part,” said Lloyd. “The guys left at midday, got stuck in traffic on the motorway and I left two hours after them and beat them there which is not good for preparation.
“Also Newcastle played some good defence keeping us out of the paint. This was a great result though. We moved the ball very very well, as people were driving into the basket people were cutting in and Gabe got a double-double which was a great achievement.
“My minutes were unexpected. I said before the game to Andy (Green) I might get on, I set a target of 20 points, that gradually stretched out to 25, then to 30 and then I thought it was the right time to go on.
“It was good, it rolled back the days. I haven't played for three or four seasons and it was fun to get out there.”
And with the club's future expected to be decided this week Lloyd insisted the focus of the staff and players was solely on playing the game while the action group works on saving the franchise.
“At the moment we are keeping our concentration on what's going on on the court in terms of what's happening in the locker room,” he said.
“Our priority as players and coaches is to just concentrate on getting the W's at the end of the day and for the work of Andrew and Debbie (Donaldson), Terry and Claire (Hearfield) and everyone else who's involved in getting us away from the BBL control, they're doing a fantastic job and that's supporting us to help create W's and if we combine like that then hopefully we'll be able to secure the club at the end of this week.”