BIG Storage Cheshire Jets kept their BBL Trophy semi-final hopes alive with back-to-back wins over the weekend.
A 96-91 victory at Leicester Riders on Saturday was followed 24 hours later by an 87-74 success over Plymouth Raiders at the Northgate Arena, meaning Jets are still in with a chance of topping their group. Providing they defeat Leicester at the Northgate on Sunday and results elsewhere go their way, TJ Walker’s men will go through to a semi-final meeting with Newcastle Eagles at neutral Sheffield on Saturday, February 2.
The Jets finished their first game against Leicester with only four men after Matt Otten and James Hamilton were fouled out and Marc Pratt retired injured towards the end.
The visitors held on, however, with Shawn Myers top scoring with 28 and Jayson Obazuaye taking 23.
Against Plymouth the following night, Jets won more comfortably, thanks in part to a phenomenal 43-point haul from Obazuaye.
Jets dominated all four periods against the holders.
The visitors held an early lead at 13-10 before Obazuaye turned in one of the best spells of individual play seen in the BBL.
He sank the last eight points of the first quarter, followed by the first six in the second stanza to propel the Jets into a 24-15 lead. Shortly afterwards the Raiders hit back but the hosts closed the first half with a 12-2 surge, including six for Obazuaye and six for Gianni Costantiello to lead 42-26 as the Raiders’ hopes of defending the Trophy slipped away.