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Last Updated:  Saturday, 15 March, 2003, 21:07 GMT
Jets complete hat-trick
Chester Jets' Kenny Gregory
Kenny Gregory's 24 points were hugely influential
Chester Jets won their third straight British Basketball League Trophy title with an 84-82 win over the London Towers at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield on Saturday.

The Jets owed much of their success to Todd Cauthorn's man-of-the-match haul of 19 points, and Kenny Gregory also bagged 24 points for the victors.

By winning a third consecutive Trophy final, Chester head coach Robbie Peers matches the feat of Kevin Cadle and Mick Bett, who coached Kingston and Thames Valley respectively.

"This is the best of the lot. We had a lot of luck last year, but to win consistently, is incredible, and to win three Trophy titles in a row is monumental," said Peers.

London opened the game with an 8-2 burst with all their points coming from Kendrick Warren, before a Jets' 8-2 reply tied the game at 11-11.

The Jets made a crucial 11-4 cross-quarter run which took the score out to 34-26 early in the second period.

Chester continued to stretch away throughout the quarter, leading by as many as 15 points at 53-38 and ultimately took a 56-43 advantage into half-time.

After the restart, London worked their way back into the match with a 12-2 run midway through the third quarter to get to within three points at 66-63, and they trailed by four at 69-65 going into the final period.

Chester started the final quarter with a 9-3 burst to lead 78-68, but London got the score back to 78-82.

Gregory and Calvin Davis scored a free-throw apiece to extend Chester's lead to six points before two in the frantic final 30 seconds reduced the deficit to two points.




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