Basketball: Jets recapture form to reach cup semi-finals

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Chester Jets completed the line-up for the British Basketball League Cup semi-finals by defeating holders Brighton Bears 94-82 last night at Northgate Arena to join Newcastle Eagles, London Towers and Scottish Rocks in the last four.

The Jets will face Newcastle in the second semi-final on Sunday at their Metro Radio Arena venue, after the Towers play the Rocks in the first with the Glasgow-based club bidding to reach their third successive final.

The Jets have made a poor start to defending their League title and their under-strength squad fell to their third defeat in four league games on Saturday night to lose 75-72 at Guildford Heat.

But Chester put that behind them in the Cup last night and led the Bears from the start.

Leicester Riders' four-game unbeaten run which took them to the top of the BBL ended with a 70-65 defeat against Towers at De Montfort University on Saturday, when the visitors capitalised on the absence of injured playmaker Ryan Huntley.

Chez Marks led the Towers to their second win of the season with 20 points.