AN INSPIRED three-point shooting display from Rocks' Lamont McIntosh denied Jets a place in January's BBL Cup final, ending the club's eight-game winning streak in semi-finals, writes Christopher Beesley.
In an impressive spell stretching back to the 1996/97 season Jets had always progressed once reaching the last four of any competition but their luck ran out on Sunday.
Coach Paul Smith said: 'We're a bit down at the moment but we have nothing to be ashamed of and I can only praise our efforts. Unfortunately for us, Rocks shot the lights out. We didn't give McInosh much space and if someone's going to try and beat you from 26ft out with a hand in his face then good luck to them but that's what he did.'
Playing at Sheffield's Ponds Forge Sports Centre, Jets were hoping to set up a repeat of the 2003 final against Brighton who overcame Milton Keynes Lions 78-68 in the day's first semi.
The first quarter was a fairly equal affair with Jets just edging ahead 19-17 but they took control early in the second period.
An 11-0 tear saw them go 30-19 up and by the time they were able to get outside shooting specialist Richard Murphy a clear look to score with his first touch, everything seemed rosy for a final berth.
Calvin Davis's absence through injury seemed to be minimised by DJ Harrison's dominance off the boards, Trey Moore was running the game and Shawn Myers had 23 points to his name by the interval.
A frustrated Tony Windless of Rocks picked up a technical foul as Jets' lead stretched to 15 points on a couple of occasions.
But Rocks ended the half strongly with a 9-0 burst to trail 47-39 at the interval and it is in this period, not the second-half, when his team were on the rack that Smith believes the contest was lost as they missed their chance to go in at the break with an unassailable lead.
Rocks kept up their momentum in the third quarter and enjoyed a 20-2 scoring sequence either side of half-time as Jets failed to score for almost three-and-a-half minutes on returning to the court.
Trailing 63-59 going into the final quarter, the game was still within touching distance for Jets but the last 10 minutes just saw McIntosh get continually better from downtown.
He doubled his night's long-range tally with four bombs which demoralised Jets and took his total for the evening to 31 points.
Jets' scorers: Myers (31); Moore (20); Singleton (7); Harrison & Martin (both 6); Murphy (3); Herriman (2).