TCS CHESTER Jets took a share of second place in the BBL Championship table on Sunday night at Northgate Arena when they beat Birmingham Bullets 99-90 in an enthralling encounter.
This, despite yet another one point game and a second successive narrow league loss at Brae-head Arena to Scottish Rocks by 103-102 on Friday.
The Jets had to fight off a spirited Birmingham Bullets, inspired by ex-Harlem Globe Trotter Trey Moore, to pick up their eighth win of the season. There was nothing between the two sides after the first quarter, tied as they were 29-29, with Calvin Davis keeping up his recent outstanding scoring form that had brought him the accolade of BBL player of the month for November but Jets pulled away in the second to lead by ten points at half-time at 54-44.
The Bullets cut the lead to 77-70 in the third period.
The Bullets rallied further and took the lead at 86-84 with five minutes remaining, but a 15-4 burst from the Jets secured the points for the home side.
The Jets could have been on their own in second spot in the BBL Championship if they had managed to defeat the Scottish Rocks on Friday night in Glasgow, but went down by just a single point. However, Junior Williams came up with the vital steal to feed Jerry Williams for the crucial score for the Rocks with just seconds remaining. Calvin Davis top scored for the Jets with 27, Mike Nurse bagged 24 and captain John McCord claimed 19.
Remarkably Jets have been involved in three consecutive games with only a single point separating the teams at the final buzzer. Unfortunately, two of them, both in the League, have been in their opponents' favour which looks to have made their quest for the championship an uphill struggle.
The sole victory of the three occurred in the Trophy, against arch-rivals Sheffield, and this seems to present the Jets with their best chance of silverware this season.
The Jets play their final group game in that competition against Leicester Riders at Northgate next Sunday (5.30pm).