Great Britain: Jets Turn Up Heat

30 January 2005

Chester Jets extended their lead at the top of the BBL Championship to four points with a 123-90 mauling of Leicester Riders.

The Jets, who notched up their eighth consecutive Championship win, led 25-10 late in the first quarter and were never challenged.

Ervin Murray posted 30 points for the Riders as they tried in vain to break down the Jets' zone defence and get back in the game.

Jets' Trey Moore was their chief attacking threat with a game high 31 points.

Birmingham Bullets continued their improved form under coach Darren Ling as they edged Milton Keynes 69-67.

The Lions held a slender lead for much of the opening three quarters before the Bullets rattled off nine without reply early in the final stanza to trim the deficit to just a single point.

Inside the final minute the Bullets found themselves in arrears due to a Robert Youngblood bucket but baskets from Adam Williams and LaTayrl Williams gave them a 69-67 lead with nine seconds remaining.

Lions' Kevin Griffin tried to force the extra period with a buzzer beater but the shot was blocked by Skouson Harker who also top scored in the game with 27 points.

Brighton Bears climbed to fourth spot with a hard fought 77-70 victory over the Plymouth Raiders.

Bears enjoyed a 24-8 second quarter including 13 unanswered points which hauled them into a 33-24 lead.

The Bears led 39-27 at the interval but the Raiders slowly clawed their way back into the game to trail 71-69 with just over a minute to play.

Tony Holley missed two free throws but the Bears crucially picked up the rebound from the second free throw for Steve Lepore to bag his opening score of the night.

When Lepore scored again from the next offence the game was safe for the Bears.

Andrew Alleyne for the Bears and Terrence Durham for the Raiders posted double doubles.

London Towers won 102-90 over Thames Valley Tigers in Saturday's other game. Niki Arinze had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Towers.

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