PAUL Smith’s Jets picked up their fifth successive victory in the BBL Championship with a hard-fought but thrilling 92-91 overtime victory over Milton Keynes Lions at the Centre MK to maintain their quest for a top four finish.
The Lions led 79-75 midway through the final period but a Colin O’Reilly three-pointer sparked an 8-2 Jets run to give them an 81-83 lead with 90 seconds remaining. EJ Harrison tied the scores at 83-83 and both sides had opportunities to win the game in regulation but three-pointers from Yorrick Williams for the Lions and Calvin Davis for the Jets came up short as the game was sent into overtime.
In the extra period another Jets three-pointer, this time from Paul Peterson, sent the visitors on 6-1 tear to lead 87-91 with 1min 27sec remaining.
A Justin Naughton basket and a pair of Harrison free-throws tied the game up at 91-91 with 38 seconds left, but Jerrah Young held his nerve from the foul-line to make one of his free-throws with 26 seconds left to give the Jets a 91-92 win.
The Lions had another opportunity to snatch the victory however, but Williams’ long-range effort missed again and the Lions were forced to foul with six seconds left to send Davis to the line.
He missed both of his free-throws and Naughton claimed the defensive rebound for the home side, but he was unable to get his shot off as Young stole the ball for the Jets as the buzzer went.
In a game where the Jets again missed James Hamilton through injury, Young stood out with 24 points, beaten only by Shawn Myers with 25.
Lions’ Harrison led all scorers with 38 points but it was not enough against the on-fire Jets.