Fine weekend wins for King’s Lynn’s basketball teams CWA Fury and the Mavericks
King's Lynn's CWA Fury stunned high-flying Derby Trailblazers on Saturday to pick up their first win in the National League.
Fury's narrow 74-69 win over previously undefeated Derby was the perfect response to last week's 30-point drubbing at Bromsgrove Bears and caused shock across Division Four (Midlands).
Missing Tom Allard, Diccon-Lloyd Smeath and Daryl Watson, CWA were boosted by the return of Rich Milbourne, Wayne Gibbs, Jordan Roberts and Aaron Weston-Millar. And after a fine first period, Fury never looked back.
An 18-13 lead became 35-35 at the end of the second and remarkably 55-55 after the third before Fury held their nerve in the final quarter to secure a memorable triumph.
Head coach James Bamfield said: 'It was really emotional at the final buzzer. We've worked extremely hard and had to endure some very tough times over the last few years and even last week we took a big knock, but it shows the sort of character of the people involved with the club that we picked ourselves up, dusted it off and had a great week.'
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Scorers: Eivydas Aleksa 21, Milbourne 17, Edgar Lomsargis 12, Zygimantas Klevinskis 7, Bamfield 5, Ashley Manning 4, Wayne Gibbs 4, Weston-Millar 2, Martin Bagdonas 2.
- Fury travel to Loughborough on Sunday to face the Riders in a vital clash as both teams look to move away from the bottom of the table.
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Mavericks continued their impressive start to the Norfolk Division One campaign by thumping Notre Dame.
Following promotion, after setting a host of records on their way to securing the Division Two title, the King's Lynn club have gone from strength to strength.
And in a repeat of last season's county cup quarter-final, Dame fell by the wayside again - this time by 94 points to 67.
The game started at a frenetic pace with both teams looking to run the ball down court. Thirteen points from Tomas Liberis helped his side take a 25-12 lead into the second period.
The hosts soon however, found themselves 40-35 down, yet turned on the magic to storm into a third-quarter lead of more than 20 points and wrapped up the win with a commanding display in the all-important fourth period.
Head coach George Fraser-Barker said: 'It was a superb overall performance and we have sent out a message to the rest of the league that the newcomers to Division One will not be the whipping boys, but look like being contenders for the title in their own right.'
Scorers: Jonas Pranevicious 32, Viktor Vilosin 25, Liberis 18, Ben Sandle 7, Andrius Andrijauskas 4, Algirdas Avizonis 4, Gytis Medzevepris 2, Karolis Varnas and Anton Martinen.