THEIR playoff journey may be over before BBL Finals Weekend, but the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets are well placed to begin one of the most important seasons in their history.
They lost 88-83 in the playoffs at Newcastle Eagles last Friday, but that was one of the closest games between the sides in recent times. It was also the first time for three seasons that the Jets had featured in the post-season contest.
“If James Hamilton and Chez Marks had been fit I think we could have beaten Newcastle,” said Smith.
“We had a game plan and it almost worked but we missed a couple of chances late on which cost us.”
The 2009-10 BBL Championship campaign will be the Jets’ third since they were saved from extinction by their fans and main sponsor, BiG Storage boss Andrew Donaldson.
Next season will be where Paul Smith’s team will show how far the club has truly come in that time.
“Reaching the playoffs this season was a big step forward,” he said.
“But that is in the past. Planning for next season has already begun. In previous years we have changed virtually the entire team each season.
“I want to build around the guys we had this time out. It has been tough but they are a tight group and they have all said they would like to stay,
“Basketball is not immune to the recession and there are a lot of factors which could change. But the strength the squad has shown has been encouraging.”