A STIRRING second-half performance brought the Jets back from the dead in Friday’s BBL Cup semi-final first-leg in Milton Keynes.
Paul Smith’s side were trailing by 21 points going into the locker rooms after losing the first period by eight and a second to forget by 13.
But, led by 28-point star Shawn Myers, James Hamilton (16) and Chez Marks (14), they produced a storming fightback to leave the tie wide open going into next weekend’s second-leg decider at the Northgate Arena.
The fightback began at the beginning of the third period, with a Marks-inspired 18-1 points burst reducing the deficit to four. The Lions halted that run, though, to take an 11-point advantage into the final passage of play.
But the Jets refused to go under and a 10-4 surge, which included triples for Myers and Paul Peterson, ensured they moved within two points of their hosts.
The Lions hit back with six straight points, but the visitors were now very much on top, and closed the gap to two points on two further occasions.
They were unable to take the lead, however, leaving Vince Macaulay mightily relieved.
The Lions coach said: “We are delighted to be taking a lead to Chester, and it’s game on a week on Sunday.”
The Jets face another massive match tonight, at home to fellow BBL title-chasers Sheffield Sharks (5.30pm).