The encouraging signs continue for the Sunbury Jets men’s side in Big V division 1 basketball.
After struggling early in the season, the Jets are producing some good form.
On Saturday night they recorded their third win with a 93-84 victory against Western Port Steelers.
The Jets set up the win in the first half, outscoring the Steelers by 20 points.
Javari Williams had a massive impact, with match tallies of 29 points and 12 rebounds.
The Jets fell short of making it two wins in as many days, losing a 73-69 thriller to Melbourne Black Angels on Sunday.
Jacob Formosa top-scored for the Jets with 19 points.
Jets coach Lanard Copeland says he would’ve taken the weekend’s results before the two games.
“Most coaches will take a split weekend,” he said.
“As a coach you want to win every game, but I will take that result.
“I was happy with how we played and gave ourselves a chance.
“We were in front with two minutes to go, but unfortunately didn’t win the second game.”
Copeland said the short break between the two games took a toll.
Williams, who was battling the flu, couldn’t repeat his heroics of the night before, with the illness leaving him with no energy come the end of the second game.
But Copeland is heartened by the team’s progress.
He said it was showing on the scoreboard, with different players stepping up.
“Obviously it was always going to take time,” he said.
“We’re a brand new team. The guys’ confidence in each other is growing and we’re getting closer as a unit.”
The Jets have two matches before the all-star weekend.
Copeland said they would continue to work hard on the practice court on building connections.
The Jets’ women’s side had a bye.
Their youth league men’s side had a mixed weekend, a big win on Saturday night against Bendigo Braves followed by a loss in a thriller to Keilor Thunder.
The Jets’ youth league girls side had a win against Sherbrooke.