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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 March, 2004, 21:35 GMT
Jets create history
Calvin Davis of the Chester Jets
Chester's Calvin Davis kept his nerve late on to seal the win
The Chester Jets created history with their fourth consecutive BBL Trophy win thanks to a 68-66 win over the Brighton Bears at Sheffield's Hallam FM Arena.

A Calvin Davis free throw with 5.6 seconds left was enough to give Chester the win.

But there was a late drama as Brighton's Rico Alderson netted a score only for it to be ruled out as too late to count.

Chester's John McCord won the MVP award for his 19 points and eight rebounds.

The match was close throughout with the sides level at 21-all at the end of the first quarter.

We shot the ball poorly
Brighton coach Nick Nurse

McCord hit 10 points for the Jets in the second quarter but although Brighton missed some crucial free throws, it was still 38 apiece by half-time.

The Bears, who beat the Jets in last year's Cup final, stepped it up in the third quarter.

McCord suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in a scramble for the ball with Alderson and was forced to leave the game.

In his absence, the Bears scored the next eight points in the game to lead 48-40.

Chester's Trophy wins
2004: Chester Jets 68-66 Brighton Bears
2003: Chester Jets 84-82 London Towers
2002: Chester Jets 90-89 Milton Keynes Lions
2001: Chester Jets 92-81 Newcastle Eagles

But McCord returned to the game and Jets battled back, with a huge Michael Nurse three-pointer on the buzzer bringing them to within two points at 55-53.

In the fourth, a James Hamilton three-pointer gave Chester an early advantage but the Bears got back and led 66-62 with 3.35 remaining.

Nurse and McCord, however, got the Jets back into contention and a Davis basket with 32 seconds left and his late free-throw clinched the win.

Alderson seemed to have secured the first period of overtime in Trophy final history when he scooped home Brown's missed shot as the buzzer sounded.

The guys showed a lot of character
Chester coach Paul Smith

But, after an agonising wait of some 25 seconds for the near-5,000 crowd, the officials ruled that the basket did not count and that Chester could begin celebrating.

McCord led all scorers with his 19 points while Nurse added 13 and Billy Singleton hit 11. Kendrick Warren scored 17 for the Bears.




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