Basketball: Jets aim for lift-off in London

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Mike Burton, the coach of the month, takes Chester Jets to Wembley tomorrow needing to put another dent in London Towers' defence of their Budweiser League title, and to take a psychological edge in case they meet in next month's 7-Up League Trophy final.

Chester, the leaders, won at Wembley in October and it took an underarm three-pointer from Danny Lewis to give Towers a 79-76 win at the Jets in December. Chester lead Towers by two points but have played three games more. Kevin Cadle, the Towers coach, said: "If we win, the Jets will be three losses behind us and that will make them long shots for the League."

Chester take a four-point lead into Thursday's second leg of their Trophy semi-final at Leicester City Riders. London lost their first leg 75-74 at Sheffield Sharks on Thursday. They led 74-69, but could not score for the last five minutes.