FACED with the strong athleticism of City of Birmingham, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets’ under 16s were unfazed as they recorded their first win of the season on Saturday.
The Jets won 56-49 thanks to high-scoring performances from Mike Hinchliffe (21) and Dave Thomas (11).
The Jets’ U14 boys had less of a journey as they travelled across the water for a derby against Everton Tigers. They dominated, dishing out a 79-38 drubbing, with Jack Griffiths (19) and Danny Pearce (13) making valuable contributions.
Sunday saw five Jets teams in action. The U13 boys returned from Easingwold, near York, with a win and a loss from two games. The first match was a tight one with Manchester Magic sneaking a 36-34 win, Lewis Halpin (14) and Zak Baird (11) top- scoring for Jets.
Game two saw the Jets score a comfortable 62-14 victory over hosts Easingwold Eagles, with Andrew Meadows sinking 11 and Jack Price and Sam Hawkins 10 points apiece.
Jets’ U18 boys put Liverpool away with a comprehensive 105-44 thumping. Rabah Tahaouri led the Jets scorers with 25, supported by James Gardner (19) and Ali Moore (14).
The Jets’ girls also enjoyed a good weekend on the court. At Barrow, the U14s secured two big victories. First they beat their hosts 70-28 with Mikaela Johnston scoring 19 and Laura Wilson 14. They then went on to maul Everton Tigers 78-18 with Johnston top-scoring again with 25, Sidnee Reddy (15) and Lauren Deponeo (12) supporting.
The U16s faced feisty Stockport and lost in overtime, going down 62-60 having missed 25 free-throws. Katie Williams top scored with 17.
Jets’ ladies finished off the day in the Women’s National Trophy Division Two by advancing to the next round, defeating Sefton 63-38.
Corinne Stone was in dominant form scoring 18, supported by Alleana Reddy (16).
Jets’ senior team suffered their third league defeat in a row on Saturday – but bounced back to reach the quarter finals of the BBL Cup on Sunday.
Paul Smith’s men booked a meeting with Newcastle Eagles in the last eight of the cup by beating London Capital 88-72 at the Northgate Arena. It was the ideal response to the previous evening’s 96-86 loss at Guildford Heat.
Jets are without a fixture this weekend.