PAUL Smith demanded a flying start from his charges to overturn a 15-point deficit form the first leg of the BBL Play-off semi-final against Mersey Tigers - but the cupboard was bare as the Jets failed to find their shooting range for the second consecutive night.
The Jets fans far outweighed the numbers brought by the Tigers to Manchester's Amaechi Centre and they tirelessly attempted to lift their on-court heroes, but nothing worked as the Jets never really looked like pulling away and claiming the commanding victory they required.
Matt Schneck, always full of heart, battled under both posts claiming seven very physical rebounds which would normally have lifted the team, but this time they continued to struggle.
Gareth Murray's frustration got the better of him as the game began to slip away and both he and Schneck were lucky to get away with on-court outbursts in a highly-charged derby.
Calvin Davis' experience saw him bring some calm to proceedings and his 12-point haul and nine rebounds on another day could have tipped the balance, but with the Tigers sinking 12 three-pointers and the Jets just four, the Tigers of Tony Garbelotto took matters out of the Jets' hands.
Quemont Greer has been the Jets' most consistent player this season and 17 points and nine rebounds today were testament to that, and contributions from Jeremy Bell (16pts) and the injured Colin O'Reilly (14pts) while needed, were not enough to bust the game open.
Ultimately the Tigers proved they can be dominant with out Drew Sullivan, as the GB man failed a fitness test before the game, and afterwards Jets head coach Smith was honest about his side's fate.
"We never got going," he said. "We looked like we might get a spark in the first quarter but they're very good, they're very good. They're better than us, we have to be honest they proved that over two legs and best of luck to them in the final.
"We couldn't nail a shot over two days and you can't win a game if you can't put the ball in the basket. They were hitting threes from all over and we couldn't get anything so it's just one of those days I'm afraid.
"I think what we have to work out on reflection is what this squad needs. It's easy to look there today and say 'ooh, we need scorers, we need shooters, we need three-point shooters' but we know we've got three-point shooters who can knock it down so I can't really answer that right now.
"I think we've got good balance I just think we needed more consistency and at the end of the day we played a team that was better than us on the day.
"If you think about it we broke up the squad in the summer. We'd stuck with that squad for a couple of years it was getting old and we decided it wasn't going to take us to the trophies we want so we revamped.
"Normally when you revamp you go back a bit but we haven't, we've stayed closer to the top in terms of wins and losses than we did last year, we didn't make the finals but we did finish fourth with a lot of adversity as well - we lost our starting centre for half the season - so I feel like this team has improved on last year's team, it's got great potential, we just came up against a really good team today."