CHESTER Jets go into this weekend's clash with Southern Conference title favourites London Towers with a new shooting guard.
Head coach Robbie Peers gave Kurt Samuels his debut in last night's British League match in Edinburgh and he is set for his first home game against Towers at the Northgate Arena on Sunday (5.30).
Samuels, 33, is vastly experienced, having played for Manchester Giants and Birmingham Bullets, but lately he has been playing in Europe with Atomic Brussels.
'I tried to sign Kurt earlier this year, but financially we were miles apart,' revealed Peers. 'I am delighted to have signed him now, because I felt this was a position we needed to strengthen.'
Peers believes Jets have a good chance of beating Towers, who he described as 'the super power of British basketball.'
'They have everything going for them, but they are playing Greece while we are in Edinburgh and maybe they will suffer from travel fatigue,' he said.
'They are not playing at their peak at the moment and it would be good to go into our two-week break with two more wins behind us.'
- Jets made a great start to their BBL Trophy defence with a 20-point victory at Brighton Bears last weekend. John Thomas had a game-high 31 points.
- Jets are the only club to have nominations in the BBL player and coach of the month awards for September and October.
Robbie Peers, Nurishment Coach of the Year last season, is up for a monthly honour this time, while Calvin Davis who has averaged over 21 points and 10 rebounds per game in his first month in the BBL is up for a player award.
The voting is done by the fans by logging on to www.bbl.org.uk/nurishment