Jets crash Sharks' party

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Chester Jets underlined the unpredictability of the Budweiser League's "All American" look by producing the first big shock of the season with a 72-70 win over the Sharks at Sheffield Arena last night, writes Richard Taylor.

Jets, who finished second from bottom last season, clinched their first win over the runners-up and 1995 champions when Ricardo Leonard scored two free throws 20 seconds from the end.

Sheffield led 63-52 with six minutes to play, but lost their chance to force overtime when Ian McKinney missed with the final shot of the game.

Last season's champions, London Towers, returned from their midweek European Cup defeat in Italy to beat Manchester 83-62, for their third straight league win in the first week of the season. Danny Lewis, Alan Cunningham and Tony Windless scored 18 points each.