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BBL Weekly Round-up

13 February 2005
Birmingham, England

TCS Chester Jets are now in the driving seat in the BBL Championship race after recording two victories over the weekend, their 12th and 13th consecutive wins. They started with a 99-109 road win at Thames Valley Tigers, after trailing for most of the game the Jets went 25-6 around the third quarter break to take a lead they never gave up. Trey Moore was one rebound off a triple-double as he made 30 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds.

On Sunday they hosted potential Championship rivals Westfield Sharks Sheffield. The Sharks were expected to struggle in the absence of 6'10" centre Oliver Morton, especially up against the strong Chester forwards, and this proved to be the case. A 13-5 run broke the game open late in the third as Chester went on to win 92-73. Calvin Davis dominated on the inside as he notched up 32 points.

The Jets were also helped by results elsewhere on Sunday. On the South-Coast, Kularoos Plymouth Raiders upset Brighton Bears with a 68-65 win. They opened the final period 8-1 to gain the advantage and held on from there, Ryan French and Gavin Love closed the game out from the foul line as the Bears needed to stop the clock with it being a one-point ball game in the closing moments.

The Raiders best weekend since joining the BBL also saw them beat Birmingham Bullets 67-95 on the road. An incredible first half saw them post 23 unanswered points shortly followed by a 28-3 tear for a 21-58 lead at the intermission as the Bullets failed to threaten them.

Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles moved into second place courtesy of a comfortable 101-74 win over Leicester Riders at the MetroRadio Arena on Friday night. A 22-6 opening to the third period saw them lead 66-36 and Leicester could never recover.

The Eagles also started a bad weekend for London Towers. The Championship rivals met at Crystal Palace on Saturday with the Eagles winning 67-86, their second win over Towers in little over a week. A 22-10 final quarter saw the Eagles home, led by Jeremy Hyatt's 25 points.

Towers' woes continued as they went on the road to Milton Keynes Lions on Sunday. London had beaten Milton Keynes four times already this season until the Lions got off the mark in the series with a tense 103-102 win. Brett Longpre led the scorers with 32 points, his trademark long range shooting contributed 24 of those, and fittingly it was he who dunked for the win in the dying seconds.

That win ended a poor run of five defeats for the Lions, the last of those came on Saturday as they went down 80-74 at the hands of Brighton Bears. Bears' new point guard looks ready to set the league alight after scoring 30 in this game and 31 in the defeat at Plymouth.

It has been a good weekend on the road in the Midlands for Scottish Phoenix Honda Record Rocks. They firstly beat Leicester Riders 68-86 on Saturday night. They ended the game with an 18-4 run to shake off the resilient home team.

Sunday's 78-97 win at Birmingham Bullets improved the Rocks' record to 11-13 and helped strengthen their position in the Playoffs. They posted first half tears of 11-0 and 11-1 and managed to keep the home side at bay from there with Donald Cole leading the way with 25 personal points.
Source: BBL

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