Bullets hit the mark in late fightback

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The underdogs ripped up the BBL Championship form book on Saturday night, when Birmingham Bullets rediscovered their pride. But London Towers and Brighton Bears lost their way in pursuit of runaway leaders Chester Jets.

The underdogs ripped up the BBL Championship form book on Saturday night, when Birmingham Bullets rediscovered their pride. But London Towers and Brighton Bears lost their way in pursuit of runaway leaders Chester Jets.

Bottom of the table Bullets had lost their previous three games by a total of 95 points, yet they fought back from 19 down to lead 81-80 and a Johnny Phillips basket gave them a 95-94 lead with six seconds left.

Jets' Trey Moore, a Bullets player last season, missed with a shot, but team-mate Calvin Davis reacted first to tip the ball into the basket for a 96-95 win which kept Chester eight points clear of Newcastle Eagles.

Brighton and London helped Chester's title hopes by staggering to unlikely defeats, the Bears losing 99-82 at second from bottom Leicester Riders while the Towers collapsed 91-65 at Thames Valley Tigers.

Towers' coach, Robbie Peers, saw Tigers run the legs off his injury-hit team with a combination of an up-tempo offence and full-court pressing defence.

Nick Moore hit five out of seven three-pointers in the first half for Tigers, who scored the first 21 points of the final quarter in just under eight minutes.

Eric Williams's 30 points led Leicester to defeat third-placed Brighton, while Sheffield Sharks beat Plymouth Raiders 83-76 to stay fourth ahead of Towers.

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