Fury bid to douse Fire in vital Lynnsport clash

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CWA Lynn Fury face a vital home basketball clash against Brentwood Fire on Sunday at Lynnsport, tipping off at 3pm.

Both Fury and Fire are vying for vital play-off places and, even more importantly, a position in the re-structured National League for 2015.

Fury need the support of all their loyal fans to ensure a rousing atmosphere for this hugely important, and potentially close, encounter.

Club promoter, Kevin Holland, said of Sunday’s clash: “Our fans have been looking forward to this for weeks and we know it’ll be packed to the rafters at Lynnsport.

“Coming in off of the back of three 100 point victories, which in itself is unheralded in modern Fury history, our fans will be roaring the boys home.

“We know Fire can play, we sit joint third in the table and for both teams it’s a must-win.

“This will be an immense battle in so many ways and the more noise our awesome fans make the better we play.”

CWA Fury stretched their National League run of scoring over 100 points to three games when they defeated Anglia Ruskin by 102-74 in Cambridge on Saturday.

Fury went into the game missing key figures; Artur Jakiel recovering from injury and Jonas Pranevicius on vacation.

This did not have any immediate impact as Fury were quickly into their stride scoring freely from close to the basket and beyond the three point arc. Mindaugas Spukas continued his fine form with a run of three consecutive threes as the Fury advantage billowed to 24-11 after seven minutes.

By the end of the quarter Fury had consolidated their lead to 33-17.

The second quarter was never quite as fluid with the home side tightening up their defence and Fury guilty of overplaying at times. However, they still went into half-time with a comfortable 46-30 advantage.

During the interval, coach James Bamfield asked his side to return to the style of play which had been so successful in the opening period and sent out a group with speed in mind.

This certainly proved a successful strategy as Fury embarked on a match-winning run by 22-5 to stretch their lead to 64-35.

Whenever Anglia Ruskin threatened Fury seemed to find an answer with a fast break or one of 14 triples which ensured they went into the final period ahead by 78-53.

With the result a foregone conclusion the final quarter saw the teams trading baskets. Fury led by 101-67 before a late rally by the hosts saw the deficit reduced in the final two minutes.

Giedrius Pakalniskis led the Fury with 22 points. Spukas, 17, Alexis Laryn, 16, and Richard Milbourne, 15, also made strong contributions.

Admission for Brentwood Fire game: £5 adults, £3 U16’s. All fans who retain their ticket will be given £1 for the next home game on Valentine’s Day.