AN emphatic win was followed immediately by a close defeat for BiG Storage Cheshire Jets at the weekend.
Having comfortably accounted for Birmingham Panthers on Saturday with a 117-79 triumph, Paul Smith’s men were unable to repeat the trick at the Northgate Arena on Sunday as they lost 97-83 to leaders Newcastle Eagles.
It left Jets with plenty of work to do in their faltering big to reach the play-offs.
In Birmingham, sterling performances by Jayson Obazuaye, top scorer with 22, James Hamilton (21) and Trey Moore (20) saw the visitors triumph by a massive margin.
Hamilton seems to have finally shaken off his injury curse at just the right time to use his experience to lead the Jets in their end-of-season push.
A tight opening quarter burst to life with a 13-4 close to the period by Jets, which handed them a 28-17 advantage. They stretched their lead out to 53-39 at half-time before assuming total control in the third with a 15-9 burst to lead 75-59.
The match was put beyond doubt a the start of the final stanza with a 23-3 burst by the visitors to give them an unassailable 98-62 advantage. Six Jets players ended in double figures.
It was a different story at the Northgate on Sunday, however, as Jets lost narrowly to champions elect Newcastle.
The visitors went into the final quarter just 67-60 ahead, but still managed to see off the hosts despite good contributions from Obazuaye (25), Moore (22) and Hamilton (16).
The Jets now lie six points off the eighth-placed Sheffield Sharks.