TCS Chester Jets 77, Scottish Rocks 73: LEADING by 13 points at half-time, Jets survived a second-half comeback from the visitors at the Northgate Arena on Sunday, to run out winners against a determined Rocks side.
The Glasgow outfit had blown Jets out by 22 points on their last visit to Chester just three weeks ago, but although the action is far from boring, Jets' games this season have something of a Groundhog Day feel to them.
Paul Smith's side get themselves well ahead by the interval, throw their lead away in the third as their opponents fight back but then rally themselves in the final stages to edge out a narrow victory.
However, with Ryan Huntley sidelined after picking up an injury early on in the previous evening's 94-82 success at Leicester Riders and Calvin Davis, James Hamilton and John McCord all turning out despite suffering heavy knocks, this win was something special.
Coach Smith said: 'In the circumstances, that was as good as any win all season.
'It was an amazing weekend and I'm delighted to have come through it with two wins considering we have so many injury problems. We always knew that Rocks would come back at us as our players were so tired having to play so many minutes despite their knocks.
'Richard Murphy showed huge maturity coming off the bench and he knows his role and what he can and can't do.
'He's given us a great level of service in tough circumstances over the past couple of weeks and his performances have done himself a favour.'
Murphy, a 25-year-old from Liverpool who played college ball in the US with Valley Forge Military Academy, made an instant impact after entering the fray midway through the opening quarter and hit the mark from downtown twice in the first half.
With Jets leading 22-15 after 10 minutes and 43-30 at the interval, things looked comfortable but Terence McGee showed that the David Kruse 'Missile' is not Rocks' only long-range option, hitting four of his six threes on the night after the break.
Rocks started the third with a 13-2 burst but still trailed 63-56 going into the final period.
The visitors got to within a point of Jets (72-71) but fluffed opportunities to take the lead as Davis tipped away a Jerry Williams shot with a monster block, while the same Rocks player gave away possession with less than 34 seconds remaining on the clock for a travelling violation.
McCord sealed the win with 5.7 seconds remaining as he leapt highest to push in the rebound from a Davis shot that rimmed out, which capped a series of spectacular plays from the captain.
Jets' scorers: McCord (25); Nurse (20); Singleton (12); Davis & Hamilton (both 7); Murphy (6).