King’s Lynn’s College of West Anglia Fury win last home National League match of campaign
King's Lynn's College of West Anglia Fury side ended their Lynnsport fixtures on a high by winning their fourth home match of the campaign.
Thanks to promotional events around the town about 250 fans cheered Fury to a thrilling 65-64 victory over Loughborough Riders at the weekend.
The visitors started the game the brighter with some nerves showing from the young Fury side in front of a large attendance. However, the introduction of Eivydas Aleksa off the bench sparked the Lynn team into action and by the end of the first period his side trailed by just two points.
He bagged another eight points, on the way to his haul of 27, to leave Fury trailing 31-30 in the National League Division Four (Midlands) clash at the half-time interval.
During the break there was a small ceremony for number 33 Wayne Gibbs who is retiring at the end of the season after 11 years with the Lynn basketball outfit.
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Former player and club legend Jon Stonebridge, who returned to the club to make the presentation, said: 'Wayne has been a tremendous team-mate and friend to many within Fury and we're all grateful for his contribution to our success.'
Perhaps spurred on by the emotional award, Fury pressed on scoring eight points through Edga Lomsargis whime some tremendous defending limited Loughborough to just six points in the third period.
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The game seemed to have slipped beyond the hosts as Loughborough took a three-point advantage into the last two minutes of overtime but club captain Richard Milbourne attacked the basket and was able to secure the vital points that secured a thrilling win for CWA Fury.
Head Coach James Bamfield said: 'This was a great way to close out our home campaign back in the National League.
'Although we haven't made the play-offs we won four from seven at home and perhaps should have won at least one other. The whole squad has benefited from the experience and improved no end. Over the last couple of games we've displayed some very high level play in periods and if we can keep the majority of the squad together for next season and strengthen with a couple of additions we'll be in great shape.
'I know there are 3 or 4 quality players in the local area who could really contribute at this level and I hope they would look at our set up and think that it is something they might like to be involved in.'
CWA, who sit bottom of the eight-team table, visit table-topping Northants Thunder for their last game of the season on Saturday.