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Cheshire Jets 87 Worcester Wolves 77
10:30am Monday 30th April 2012 in Worcester Wolves
WORCESTER Wolves hopes of making progress in the British Basketball League’s play-off crashed in Chester last night when they lost 87-77 to Cheshire Jets.
The first leg at the University of Worcester on Saturday had finished all-square on 80-80.
Wolves were only three points down at the end of a free-scoring first quarter yesterday which saw the Jets hold a narrow three-pont lead.
Both defences tightened up in the run-up to half-time but Colin O’Reilly was spearheading Cheshire’s hopes and led them to another one-point advantage as they stretched their lead to 44-40 at the break.
Worcester took charge in the third quarter with their two American stars, Tommy Freeman and Richie Gordon, impressing as they went into the final stanza with a two-point advantage over the Jets, 60-58.
But Cheshire came storming back in the last quarter and, after taking the lead early on, stretched out to end Wolves hopes of making play-off progress by taking the match with 10 points to spare.
Tommy Freeman led the way for Wolves with 22 points, while he was closely followed by compatriot Sherrad Prezzie-Blue with 19.