COLIN O'Reilly found there was no finer place for sure than downtown as he hit seven three-pointers to spearhead the Cheshire Jets' confirmation of their BBL Championship play-off place.
John Lavery's side achieved their pre-season goal of reaching the post season with two games to spare after annihilating the Glasgow Rocks, largely thanks to some incredibly tough defence and team captain O'Reilly's phenomenal shooting from range which saw him end with a 58% success rate from outside the arc.
The Rocks, who included former Jet Gareth Murray, arrived at the Northgate Arena with a sense that they were not going to make life easy for the home side.
Before the game as news filtered through that Matt Schneck was unwell there was a sense that the Jets' post-season place may rely on next weekend's results.
But in the end the Jets made it easy for themselves by doing everything right. A cagey start saw both sides trade scores until O'Reilly lifted both the crowd and his teammates with an early triple from way outside the arc.
Not even a dunk form Murray could turn the growing tide as Bill Cole joined the three-point party before an interchange that may go down as the play of the season.
As the ball headed out for a Rocks dead ball, Jets point guard Adam Brown raced toward the sideline and hooked the ball behind him without looking.
His cross-court ball found Matt Schneck who handed off to O'Reilly for a treble that had the whole arena on it's feet.
The next score was another three from the skipper as the Jets led the first quarter 20-17.
Sterling Davis' Rocks were still in the game but in the second period they began to falter. O'Reilly added another two from range and a handful of doubles, Nathan Schall bagged himself a three and at the other end the Jets tough defence kept the Rocks from staying in touch as the half-time score was 46-32 to the hosts.
A run for Davis' side, led by EJ Harrison soon after half time, saw the gap close to seven points but Kai Williams and Bill Cole were soon swatting away shot after shot to slow down the visitors' scoring.
Schneck managed to contribute well despite his illness, scoring 11 in the game and making seven rebounds, and by the fourth quarter the Rocks faced a mountain as they trailed 67-48.
After the first couple of minutes of the final session, the Rocks seemed to lose their desire to chase as the Jets stretched their lead to 79-55 and as John Lavery rested his starters, giving a run-out to Keith Page, Phil Brandreth, Ryan Gallagher, Jason Helsby and Lewis Halpin, the crowd knew that the Jets season was sure to be extended into the play-offs.
O'Reilly finished with a game-high 31 points and Adam Brown made 18 in a great all-round performance.
Afterwards Lavery said his side had achieved their original goal, but there was still work to do.
“It's pleasing," he said. "The performances we've put in recently have deserved to make the play-offs. We had no doubt at all we would make the play-offs but now we've got two games to go and it's about where we actually finish. We're locked in at eighth but we could actually finish sixth.
“We've got to come out with the same positive mental attitude and get two more wins in the regular season.
“We shot the ball really well tonight. Colin had an outstanding game on the outside, Bill, Kai, Adam, everybody shot the ball really well, as we did on Friday when we shot the lights out at Milton Keynes.
“We are coming good together but it's still early days. Kai has only been here about a month so we're still gelling together but they're gelling really quickly on the court and off the court which helps.”
Lavery identified Williams in particular as the man who has helped bring the team together to play the way he wants.
“It was a case of looking for the last piece of the jigsaw.” he said. “We started the season with Shawn Myers, then we brought Dan Briglia in and we were missing chunks of the season without certain players. Now we've got everybody fully fit and the addition of Kai helps the team balance tremendously.
“I've said since day one no-one will want to play us because I know what these guys can do. That's why I recruited them. No-one will want to play us come play-off time so we've got to keep on plugging on and keep on going.
“We've achieved our goal of making the play-offs. We've done it through hard work because throughout the season we've had different hurdles to get over with injuries, players that haven't fitted in for what we've wanted. I think we've got the right players in now and we've got to keep going and see what happens come play-off time.”