Bullish display gives King’s Fury win at Taurus

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Northants Taurus 91

King’s Lynn Fury 108

Fury continued their early season team building with a controlled performance on Sunday, running out winners by 17 points and breaking the 100-point barrier for the first time this season.

With suspensions and injury sidelining several first team players, stand-in coach Mike Ebanks called up college graduate, Saul Holland into the ranks.

The 6’5” 16-year-old from Magdalen has followed the likes of Luke Huggins and Vytautas Girdzius who are both regulars in the first team.

Fury got off to a blistering start and by midway through the second period they were 16 points ahead. However, Fury allowed Taurus to take control at the end of the period and they closed the gap to 47-48 in favour of Fury.

Ebanks and club captain Alex ‘Sasha’ Laryn rallied and steadied the developing team which featured seasoned players Deividas Butkevicius, Mindaugas Spukas, Tomas Liberis as well as John Picket and the towering front man Arnas Maziliauskas.

Fury started the third period like they did the first and were soon dominating.

The 6’8” Mazilauskas and 6’7” Butkivicious doubled-up and were allowed to demonstrate the potential that this growing team has to offer.

Fury ran out comfortable winners in the end with Taurus losing key players to injury and being fouled out.

Due to the hoops at Lynnsport being out of action and King’s Lynn Academy being closed at half term, Lynn Fury have postponed this weekend’s fixture versus Dagenham Dragons.

Fury’s next fixture will be away to Herts Warriors on November 7 then at home to Essex Blades on November 21.

Fury rise to joint second (fourth) in the league with a 2-1 record.

n Fury began their first home stand of the National League season in the unfamiliar surroundings of King’s Lynn Academy while repairs take place at Lynnsport.

The lack of familiarity with the court was a non-factor early on as the team blitzed the London Thunder Lewisham with a veritable feast of three point scores which paved the way for a 91-75 victory.

Fury’s opening five baskets all came from behind the arc. Mindaukas Spukas continued to feast on the opportunities created by ball movement early in the second quarter hitting a further three triples as Fury led 45-20 by the mid-point.

Fury were without a number of key players: Butkevicius, Wojciech Jablecki, Liberis and captain Laryn.

Coach Bamfield had to use youngsters Luke Huggins, Vytau Girdzius and Tony Murray. Fury went into the half with a 53-32 lead.

Mazilialiskas 27, Pakalniskas 26 and Spukas 14 led the scorers.

The next day produced a totally different style of game in the second round of the National Shield, Fury going down 67-65 in overtime to old rivals, Barking and Dagenham Thunder, who enjoyed a 32-28 interval lead.

Leading points: Mazilialiskas 21, Spikas 19 and Pakalniskis 16.