Basketball: Jets win tightens Rocks title grip

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Chester Jets, the defending British Basketball League champions who have staggered through this campaign at the wrong end of the table, helped Scottish Rocks take a firmer grip on their title with an upset 91-74 win at Leicester Riders on Saturday night.

Philip Gilbert led Jets with 25 points as the visitors ripped into a 32-10 lead. The Riders, missing England veteran Steve Bucknall and American Deginald Erskin, came back on a 15-0 run to 43-37, but were never any closer.

On Friday night Rocks took revenge over the Eagles with an 81-55 win in Newcastle eight days after the Tynesiders beat them in the BBL Trophy semi-final. Eagles' defeat allowed Sheffield Sharks and London Towers to draw level with them in joint third on Saturday night. Sharks won 81-63 at Guildford Heat, taking control with an 11-0 run to lead 40-22.

Sterling Davis led their scorers with 21 points. Towers opened the fourth quarter in Brighton with an 11-2 run on their way to a 100-87 win over the Bears.

Birmingham Bullets are now four points adrift at the foot of the table after a 91-74 defeat at Plymouth Raiders, who climbed off the bottom with their third win of the new year.