Lynn Fury 81 Cambridge Cats 73
CWA Lynn Fury saw off the challenge from fierce rivals Cambridge Cats last Sunday at Lynnsport.
It was a National Shield match that once Fury took the lead, they never looked like losing.
Tomas Liberis, Richard Milbourne and Daviedas Butkevicious all combined for long periods to dominate the offence. Fury’s handling and speed of break was sensational at times, with Mindaugus Spukas thrilling the crowd with his trademark three-pointers from all around the paint.
Coach James Bamfield said: “We are obviously delighted to get the win.
“We feel as a group that we can challenge for a play-off spot and so to beat a side that finished in the play-offs last year was important psychologically.
“It is also great any time you can reach the last eight of a national competition.
“We have an exciting group this year.
“I actually feel we won without ever playing fantastically well. That’s a great sign both in that we have plenty of room to grow but also they always say the sign of a championship team is that they can win even when playing badly.
“I’m sure Cambridge will be working to improve aspects of their play in preparation for our league game in a few weeks and so it will be important to work hard to further develop in preparation for that challenge.”
Unbeaten in their league and last year’s National Shield beaten finalists, Oxford Brookes College, await Fury in the last eight in this year’s National Shield.
Fury are away tomorrow to Oakland College Wolves in National League Division Four and are back at home on Saturday, November 22 versus current league leaders, Barking and Dagenham Thunder.
Top scorers: Evydas Aleksa 15, Tomas Liberis 15, Mindaugs Spukas 14.