Promotion-chasing King’s Lynn Fury once again upset the big boys as they defeated divisional champions Greenwich Titans 83-76 at a packed Lynnsport on Saturday.
Starting the evening in third place and with a basketball National League Development Division Play-Off place secured, it was vital that Fury found a way to win if they were to hang on to any outside chance of second place and promotion.
Titans’ only defeat on route to the championship had come against second-spot Southwark Pride.
But within three minutes Fury held a 10-2 lead sparked by two ‘treys’ from Eivydas Aleska.
Aliek Laryn added another triple before Tomas Liberis, making a return to the first team squad, hit a red hot streak landing two from beyond the arc and another runner as Fury extended their advantage to 30-16 at the end of the first.
The Titans compiled a run of 12 unanswered points but Liberis converted on a three-point play before Arnas Mazilialiskas hit a pair of triples to guide Fury to a 48-40 interval lead.
Turn-overs gave Titans two easy buckets and Fury took a narrow 65-64 lead into the fourth quarter, then Titans tied the game at 65.
Coach James Bamfield, seeing Titans’ dominance on the rebounds, countered by inserting Artur Jakiel despite foul trouble; this allowed Mindaugas Spukas an opportunity off the bench and he responded with back to back triples. When Aleska added a third Fury led 80-67 into the final two minutes.
Titans scored seven without reply but Fury’s advantage was always large enough to enable them to close out a huge win in front of an ecstatic and noisy crowd.
Leading Fury points: Aleska 22, Liberis 19, Deividas Butkevicius 13 and Mazilialiskas 11.
Bamfield said: “The squad have worked extremely hard to fix what went wrong early in the season and today was a great reward.
“All the squad played their roles to perfection on the day, although I’ve got to mention Giedrius Pakalniskis who battled a virus to provide key minutes, Ethan Allen who limited their top scorer to six points in the 18 minutes he played, Tomas Liberis who proved his value to the side and Mindaugas Spukas, whose two threes were timely to say the least!
“Our effort and defence were fantastic and gave us a platform in the first and fourth period to win the game. To hold a quality side to 12 fourth quarter points was immense.
“I want to mention the amazing support we received from the people of King’s Lynn – the noise was deafening and the crowd proved to be a great sixth man. We now must focus on winning our last two fixtures and hope other results go our way.”
This weekend is the final one of the regular season. Tomorrow the Fury have a home match against Essex Blades at Lynnsport with a changed 6.40pm start. Then on Sunday Fury host Dagenham Dragons in a re-arranged match at King’s Lynn Academy at 1pm.
Tomorrow: £5 adults, £3 u16s. Sunday admission will be half price on showing a ticket from tomorrow’s game.