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The Jets, only in business since joining the now-disbanded bj-league for the 2011-12 campaign as an expansion franchise, made history on Sunday, reaching the B. League Championship final. The verdict was locked up at 6:06 p.m. when Game 2 of their semifinal series ended this way: Jets 72, Ryukyu Golden Kings 64.

Lyons then threw away a pass, and determined rookie forward Hassan Martin, a thorn in the Jets’ side from start to finish, made it a 67-64 game on an inside move with 48 seconds left. But Lyons redeemed himself on Chiba’s next possession, knocking down a 3-pointer from the left wing for a 70-64 Chiba advantage.

Lyons scored a team-best 17 points, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Influential forward Michael Parker contributed 16 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in 33-plus minutes.

Togashi had an eight-point, eight-assist, three-steal performance, Gavin Edwards scored 12 points, pulled down six rebounds and blocked two shots, with Ono scoring nine points and handing out six assists.

Martin paced the Golden Kings (50-14 overall) with 20 points on 5-for-14 shooting. The University of Rhode Island alum was 10-for-10 at the line. Naoki Tashiro added 12 points, Ira Brown had nine points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Hilton Armstrong scored eight points and Kishimoto contributed seven with six assists.

Sassa’s coaching counterpart, Atsushi Ono, praised his players for their energy and defensive intensity. He pointed to “tough rebounds and (getting) loose balls” as key plays to pull out the win. He cited fourth-quarter foul trouble — Lyons, Edwards and Parker finished the game with four fouls — as a sign of the team’s discipline and teamwork to stick with the game plan despite the situation.

Seconds later, Togashi drifted to the left baseline and sank a pull-up jumper to make it 53-52, Chiba. Togashi, who played high school ball at Montrose Christian Academy in Maryland before turning pro, then intercepted a pass and raced to the other end of the court for a layup, giving Chiba a three-point lead.

As the quarter came to a close, Kishimoto exhibited his dazzling ball handling skills producing several textbook crossover dribbles before burying a buzzer-beating jumper to conclude an exciting 10-minute showcase. His bucket gave the Golden Kings a 56-55 lead.

It was knotted at 14-14 after the first quarter, a 10-minute spectacle of tight defense, free-flowing offense and a bunch of players making a few highlight reel plays. There wasn’t one singular star who overwhelmed the proceedings from the get-go. But Brown had seven of Ryukyu’s 14 first-quarter points.

With 1:39 to play in the bonus period, Kosuke Kanamaru drained a 3 to give the hosts a 71-70 lead. Tokyo answered with a big bucket, getting a dunk from center Alex Kirk on a pass from Genki Kojima. That put the Alvark ahead 72-71 with 1:23 left.

In Game 2, veteran star Josh Peppers scored 19 points, Eric Jacobsen had 17, Daisuke Kobayashi poured in 15 and Faye Pape Mour chipped in with 14 points and rebounds for the Rizing Zephyr (51-14 overall). The visitors sank 22 of 28 foul shots.