TCS Chester Jets 92 Sheffield Sharks 73: WITH the clinical form that Jets are in, Sunday's record-equalling 13th consecutive league victory over Sharks was not a big surprise but their 19-point winning margin certainly was.
Jets had triumphed 109-99 at Thames Valley Tigers the night before but few inside the Northgate Arena would have predicted that they would overcome their old rivals from across the Pennines so convincingly.
Coach Paul Smith said: 'Sheffield had an early run but we didn't lose our head and in both games this weekend we've had to come from behind. This team has got a lot of character and the players all want to work for each other.
'We saw the Calvin Davis of old and if he can stay clear of injury we'll be in good shape. It never felt comfortable with Nate Reinking able to get three-pointers like nobody else in this league. We felt we could get 80-90 points but it's all about de-fence at the other end and after the first quarter we restricted them.' Apart from going ahead in the first minute, Jets trailed until late in the second quarter as they were unable to make their usual dominant start.
Jets' skipper Davis kept the home side in touch, enjoying one of his spells of scoring that seem to possess almost robotic accuracy.
While it was Davis who was gradually grinding Sharks down, fellow Texan Trey Moore proved to be the catalyst for the revival as he intercepted a Sterling Davis pass for an easy cakewalk to the hoop that put the hosts ahead and they would lead 40-36 at the interval.
Although Reinking struck four times from downtown in the second half, DJ Harrison showed his long range prowess with a hat-trick of threes and Jets were 69-54 up going into the final period.
The advantage was extended to 21 points at its zenith and despite Sharks briefly threatening a comeback, Jets were always in control. Jets' scorers: Davis (30); Moore & Harrison (both 17); Singleton & Martin (both 9); Myers (6); Herriman (4).