Basketball: Bullets stare down barrel as Jets visit

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One Would think that life could not get any harder for the Birmingham Bullets. It will, tonight. Coming off the back of three defeats so one-sided their performance is an embarrassment to the BBL Championship, the club face the league leaders, Chester Jets.

One Would think that life could not get any harder for the Birmingham Bullets. It will, tonight. Coming off the back of three defeats so one-sided their performance is an embarrassment to the BBL Championship, the club face the league leaders, Chester Jets.

And it gets worse. The Jets bring with them Trey Moore, the Championship's leading scorer averaging over 24 points a game, who spent his debut season last campaign with the Bullets. His former fans know that the 6ft4in showman will play out of his skin tonight.

After losing to Scottish Rocks and Plymouth Raiders by an aggregate of 47 points, the Bullets' inexperienced coach Darran Ling threatened to turn practice sessions into "a military camp".

The players, including a crop of American college graduates whose basketball experience clearly outweighs Ling's, responded with a 41-point loss to London Towers on Wednesday. "People are going to change their attitude", Ling threatened. Not yet, apparently.

Patience is running thin among diehard fans of a club that once regularly won silverware, and whose late and sorely missed junior coach Dave Fisher nurtured a stream of talent for club and national teams at all age groups.

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