THE Jets joined Leicester Riders and MK Lions in the final four of the BBL Cup with a hard-fought and thrilling victory over the Eagles at the Northgate Arena last night.
Paul Smith’s side’s reward is a two-legged semi-final showdown with the Lions, with the aggregate winners heading to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday, January 17 for the decider.
Shawn Myers (15), Chez Marks (14) and Colin O’Reilly (11) led the points scoring for the Jets, who trailed at the end of the first (8-17) and second (28-34) periods before storming back in the third to take a 50-47 advantage into the final passage of play, with seven points from Marks and six from Frank Phifer doing most of the damage.
The lead change hands on a numbers of occasions in a nip-and-tuck fourth quarter, with a Myers three-pointer putting the Jets 59-57 in front with four and half minutes remaining before an Andrew Bridge basket levelled the scores.
Marks was then sent to the foul line and made one of his bonus shots before adding another basket to put the hosts 64-59 ahead.
The Eagles, the defending league champions, were not finished yet, though, and Reggie Jackson made both of his shots from the free-throw line with 33.9 seconds to play.
Jackson then put up a three-pointer as time expired, but his attempt hit the rim to send the Jets faithful home happy.