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Cheshire Jets finishing their season on a high

Published date: 30 April 2012 |
Published by: Sports Reporter
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Cheshire Jets booked a place in the play-off semi-finals following a 167-157 aggregate success over Worcester Wolves.

Jets ran out winners over the two legs thanks to an 87-77 victory at The Northgate Arena last night.

Colin O’Reilly led the scoring for Jets with 22 points, while Adam Brown contributed 21 and Matt Schneck chipped in with 19.

The 10-point success was all Jets needed after they drew the first leg 80-80 on Saturday.

Jets could have had the advantage going into the second leg, but Wolves overturned a 14 point fourth quarter deficit to end the game all tied up.

A Richie Gordon basket with one minute 28 seconds remaining in the game gave the Wolves a 77-76 lead, but the Jets responded with a Nathan Schall bucket to retake the lead.

A Sherrad Prezzie-Blue basket handed the home side the lead back at 80-78 with 31 seconds to go, but an Adam Brown basket with 20 seconds left tied the game up at 80-80.

A Bill Cole basket sparked a 10-3 finish to send the Jets 45-40 ahead at half-time.

In the second half, Jets kept up the pressure on the Wolves and were able to steadily increase their lead over their hosts, but the home side kept themselves in the game and a Freeman free-throw closed the deficit to nine points at 57-48, however the visitors broke the game open as an Brown basket sparked an 8-2 burst to take the score out to 65-50.

In the final period, Jets leapt out to an early 72-58 lead, but a Prezzie-Blue three-pointer sparked a 17-2 run for the Wolves to hand the home side the lead at 75-74 before the fireworks of the closing stages occurred.

A combination of Prezzie-Blue and Freeman led the scoring for the Wolves with 22 points apiece, but it was the impressive Brown who led all scorers as he netted 31 for Jets.

At the end of the game, Wolves head coach Paul James praised the performance of Jets and the fight shown by his team down the stretch. “Cheshire were excellent, particularly Adam Brown, and they threatened to blow us away at one point,” he said.

Brown finished at the Jets’ top scorer with 31 points, while Cole chipped in with 10 and O’Reilly added 16.

Jets will face Newcastle Eagles in the last four after they overcame Guildford Heat 167-125 on aggregate.

The damage was done by the Eagles in Friday’s first leg as they secured a commanding 93-56 lead.

Elsewhere, Leicester Riders progressed to the last four, beating Sheffield Sharks 182-141 on aggregate.

The Riders will now face Glasgow Rocks, who beat Plymouth 159-144.

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