A tall order for Singleton

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Chester Jets have signed the 6ft 7in American Billy Singleton in an attempt to climb out of the Budweiser League's re-election places. The former Birmingham import makes his debut away to Thames Valley Tigers tonight.

Despite last month reaching the League Trophy quarter-finals for the first time and having the league's leading scorer in American Waymon Boone, Chester have lost their last 11 games and slipped back into the bottom three.

Chester's slide worsened when the 6ft 9in former England veteran Dave Gardner left to join Manchester Giants. Chester coach Mike Burton said: "The biggest player on the court for us is only 6ft 4in, and that doesn't help in this league."

Chester have released the American Kareem Allen to make way for Singleton, who averaged 27 points a game with Birmingham two seasons ago.