FOR the first time in a long time fans were queueing back to Chester's famous fountains roundabout to get in to see the Cheshire Jets in their final regular season game.
John Lavery's men put on a real show for them - and Jets celebrity fan, QPR Premiership footballer Djibril Cisse and his family - to secure sixth place in the BBL Championship.
The game was a winner-takes-all battle for sixth place and a better BBL play-off draw and the Jets won it comfortable with a tremendous second-half display that had the crowd on their feet as the home side fell agonisingly short of scoring a century.
In the opening quarter the home side with four of the starting five sporting mohawk hairstyles to mark their play-off qualification - looked capable of running away with the game but the Sharks - including veteran Nate Reinking who played for them against the Jets in the Jetwash campaign 10 years ago brought their experience to bear and at the end of the first the Jets found themselves 23-20 down.
The capacity crowd witnessed some great play with dunks, three pointers and plenty of steals and rejections by the Jets, but Lavery needed more execution from his men and Kai Williams and Colin O'Reilly began to turn things firmly in the Jets favour in the second.
Captain O'Reilly hit a trademark three pointer and Williams found space inside repeatedly to lay-up for two.
Dunks from Williams and Bill Cole lifted the whole atmosphere and the Jets went into the break 48-46 up.
Lavery was still unhappy with the display however and at half-time he told his players exactly what they needed to deliver in the second half and in the third they brought it with interest.
Adam Brown started to nail more shots and Matt Schneck commanded the paint, no easy task against Olu Babalola, Atiba Lyons and Mike Tuck.
Their efforts were underpinned by Bill Cole's tough defence and inspired offence and the clever play of Williams and O'Reilly.
In the third quarter the Sharks were restricted to 13 points while the Jets set up for a blow-out with 26 points that put them in control at 74-59.
The pressure the Jets inflicted seemed to have the desired effect as the Sharks looked to have thrown in the towel in the final quarter.
They made plays and scored baskets but their intensity dropped massively and the Jets took full advantage as Cole hit two from downtown as he headed for a double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds.
He wasn't alone as Schneck scored 17pts and 14 rebounds and Colin O'Reilly made a triple-double of 17pts, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Brown weighed in with 17pts and Williams made a game-high 25pts.
For the third game in a row Lavery was able to give valuable game time to bench players Lewis Halpin, Ryan Gallagher, Phil Brandreth, Keith Page and Jason Helsby and it was a memorable night for Helsby, as the youngster hit a late two-pointer with his only shot of the game, making it 98-77 and giving him a 100% shooting success rate.
The form team going into next weekend's play-offs against Worcester Wolves are definitely the Jets and John Lavery expressed confidence in his side's ability to overcome an adversary they have struggled against in the regular season.
No-one's going to want to come and play us here, he said. We haven't really played Worcester well over the three games, but having said that Worcester have played really well against us.
A couple of those games we were missing players through injury so we've just got to keep our momentum going.
When we go down there on Saturday the end of that game is just half time. If we can come away with a lead or keep it close, they are not going to want to come here and play.
On today's performance he was honest and highlighted that his Jets were not up to scratch in the first half but improved.
I still think there's a lot more to be done, said the head coach. We were almost perfect in the second half but not in the first. We probably gave them too many open looks in the first half.
If we can fill the crowd like tonight next Sunday it will really help. The guys responded to that and really appreciate all the support they've had.
At this end of the season it's the business end. If you lose, you go home, if you win you carry on and we want to go as far as we can. The guys have come together really well. Kai's done an excellent job there for us but it's not just on him, everybody's playing to where we want to be.
And commenting on the developing Team Mohawk hairstyle sweeping through the club Lavery added: Once Kai gets one it'll be Team Mohawk.
It's a little bit of fun for the guys and as long as they're enjoying themselves off the court as well as on the court the chemistry will be right.
If we get to the final in Birmingham we'll see how many mohawks we have on the bench then.
And would the coach join Team Mohawk?
Possibly, You'll probably have to ask my wife and my kids that!