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Jets Win To End Play-Off Battle- Weekend Round-Up

Guildford and Cheshire have secured their places in the play-offs, ending a prolonged battle for the remaining spots. The race for second continues as Plymouth and Worcester picked up victories over the weekend

Guildford Heat and Cheshire Jets have secured their places in the play-offs, ending a prolonged battle for the remaining spots.

John Lavery’s men had beaten the MK Lions 95-78 on the road Friday night before seeing off Glasgow at the Northgate Arena.

Guildford’s spot in the post-season play-offs was secured on Friday before they were beaten 96-85 in Durham the following day. Mike Cappoci fired the Wildcats to their third victory of the season with a 28 points personal while Tayo Ogedengbe led the visitors with 26 points.

Cheshire made it win number two for the weekend on Sunday as Colin O’Reilly’s 31 point haul, on 7/12 shooting from beyond the arc, led his side to a dominant 80-68 win.

The result dashed the play-off hopes of Mersey and Milton Keynes, who met at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Sunday. It was the Tigers who came out victorious, winning 94-86, to cap a fine weekend, having beaten the league champions, Newcastle on Friday night.

Meanwhile, in the battle for second, Plymouth gained the advantage after a 94-80 success over the Worcester Wolves. Michael Ojo top scored with a game high 31 points for the hosts while Arnas Kazlauskas led the Wolves with 23 of his own.

The Raiders raced out of the blocks with a dominant first ten minutes to lead 30-14 and their opponents failed to recover. Worcester did edge the next twenty minutes and managed to cut the lead to six points at 79-73 with just under five minutes remaining.

However, the home side responded with a 9-0 run to make the game safe, completing the victory in the seventh meeting of the season between the two sides. Gavin Love’s side have to beat MK Lions and Sheffield on the road to secure second place because Worcester have the head-to-head over them.

Worcester are also the first team to finish the regular season; ending up with a 22-8 record, having beaten Leicester Riders at home on Saturday. Richie Gordon top scored for the Wolves with 24 points to lead his side to a 93-71 success.

The race for the play-offs may be over but the teams will still want to finish as high as possible as the quarter-final line-up begins to unravel. Of the top eight positions, only Newcastle (1st) and Glasgow (5th) are guaranteed to finish where they are.

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