Top two are heading for showdown

SLEDGEHAMMERS and Bulldogs, the top two teams in the Suffolk Senior Basketball League, both scored over 100 points in their latest matches. BT Jets were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat in Bury against the unbeaten Bulldogs.

SLEDGEHAMMERS and Bulldogs, the top two teams in the Suffolk Senior Basketball League, both scored over 100 points in their latest matches.

BT Jets were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat in Bury against the unbeaten Bulldogs. The home side welcomed back Gary Gaines for his first game since Christmas.

Jets travelled with a squad of eight and could only score three baskets in the opening quarter. Bury had then build up a lead of more than 20 points, with captain Chris Dixon leading the way with 17 personal. Offensively, Jets fared little better in the second, managing just four field goals and with Pete Scott coming off the Bulldogs' bench to knock down 12, the home side had doubled their lead by half time. Runs of 11-0 and 16-7 in the third kept Bulldogs well in control while Jets managed a little better, hitting six field goals in the quarter.

The fourth was again one-way traffic with six Bulldogs' players getting into double figures and Dixon finishing with a game-high 31 for a 117-49 win.

Leaders Brightlingsea Sledgehammers faced local rivals Colchester Hornets and were given a tough time in the first quarter. Hornets were ahead after seven minutes as Billy Smith hit 12 personal though Sledgehammers put together a 13-7 run towards the end of the quarter to lead by four.

A 9-0 run at the start of the second saw Sledgehammers take control with Bert Scott hitting double figures and by half time Sledgehammers were up by more than 20. Sledgehammers gradually extended their lead to almost 40 and their win sets up an interesting meeting of the top two at Bury before Easter.

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Results: Bury Bulldogs 117 (Dixon 31, Scott 16, Gaines 15) BT Jets 49 (Booth 13, Carson 10, Dodd 10, West 10); Brightlingsea Sledgehammers 116 (Scott 26, A Ward 21, Abdollahi 17) Colchester Hornets 78 (Smith 26, Clarke 18, Renford 10).

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