Brentwood Fire 72
CWA Fury 69
CWA Fury’s unbeaten start to the season came to a dramatic end on Saturday night in Essex where they narrowly lost in the closing seconds of a heated fourth quarter.
Fury, who were riding high after securing a place in the third round of the National Shield, always knew the trip would be tough, and with Evydas Aleksa and Richard Millbourne missing, the odds were stacked against them.
Head coach, James Bamfield said: “The boys are all gutted about today’s result, we travelled with a weakened squad and still put ourselves in a position to get a win.
“It was probably our best performance for 36 minutes but I think we didn’t quite have the conditioning to finish strongly.
“We haven’t worked end game situations and our half court execution is poor, and in big games these are going to be key factors.
“I believe as we develop the side we will be well placed to win any close game.
“When we defend well and get the ball out in transition quickly there isn’t anyone in this league that can live with us and that showed tonight. I’m sure this loss will provide some focus for the next few training sessions.”
With a full squad expected for tomorrow’s home tie vs Anglian Ruskin University, Fury know a good points difference is needed.
Club promoter Kevin Holland from The Solar Shed Ltd said: “Saturday is our first home league fixture this season.
“We’ve already played and beaten them once this year in the National Shield so we know a little bit about them.
“It’s important that we give the home crowd a good show on Saturday night at Lynnsport and that the fans get right behind the Fury.
“It’s going to be a very tight league this year and we are focussed on the play-offs right from the start.”
Fury scorers: Butkevicius 15, Pakalniskis 14, Spukas 12.
n Start time at Lynnsport: 6pm. Adults £5. Under 16’s £3. Under 11’s £1. This match is being sponsored by Optima Stainless.