BASKETBALL: CHESTER Jets' skipper Calvin Davis could be out of action for at least another fortnight.
When he had knee surgery three weeks ago it was hoped he could be back this weekend, but head coach Paul Smith admitted this week: 'Unfortunately, when they went into Cal's knee they found there was a little more work needed than previously thought so his recovery is a bit slower than we hoped for.'
Smith hopes the big Texan will be back before Christmas, but meanwhile Jets have two matches this weekend in their bid to overhaul BBL leaders London Towers.
Attempting to bounce back from their BBL Cup semi-final defeat by Scottish Rocks last weekend Jets go to Milton Keynes Lions tonight.
Added Smith: 'The cup defeat was a really tough one to take, but it's done and it's history now, we can't dwell on it. We are still in a good position in the league and we've got two tough games coming up.'
Although without star man Shawn Jamison with a knee ligament injury, the Lions, who also exited the cup on Sunday, will take heart from the fact that they already have one victory over the Jets this season. The 72-75 win came at the Northgate Arena and prevented Chester from going top of the table at the time.
Brett Longpre was influential in that game, the Canadian marksmen's shooting, an asset he is becoming renowned for, provided him with 27 points. He scored big points at key moments, including the last eight of the game that ultimately gave the Lions victory.
Jets are back at the Northgate Arena on Sunday (5.30pm) for their first encounter of the campaign with Thames Valley Tigers who, despite having the league's top scorer in Josh Murray, comes into the weekend on a bad run of form.
But Smith believes that fact can make them potentially as tough to play as anyone.
'If a team's on a good run then they're full of confidence and if they're on a bad run then they're desperate to get out of it,' he said. 'A wounded Tiger is a dangerous animal! But regardless of form we know they've got talented players.'
'We will approach this game as we do any other. When Thames Valley came here last year they gave us two really tough games. At the moment we are doing well and trying to hang in there while we wait to get our captain back.'
Thames Valley rely heavily on the points of the league's leading scorer Josh Murray who has 27.44 points per game.
Jets' squad member Tim Janvier received the UK junior coach of the year award from the Princess Royal on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Bromborough Bulldogs coach is based in Wirral and has also won a Sport England award for his work with disabled players. vc301104football-3.jpg