Huggins makes fairytale Lynn Fury senior debut

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Lynn Fury 105

Hertfordshire Warriors 84

MLNF Fury Eivydas Aleska

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It was a fairytale senior debut for local lad Luke Huggins as he came off the bench and hit a three-pointer to take CWA Fury over the 100 mark for the first time.

The 105-84 win over Hertfordshire re-ignited Fury’s season which saw them coming into the game at Lynnsport off the back of three straight losses.

Having been knocked out of the National Shield and losing away to Cambridge Cats and the league leaders Barking Thunder, the game against Warriors was a must-win for Fury to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Warriors had beaten play-off hopefuls and second placed Brentwood Fire by a solitary point the previous week and were looking to push on with the visit to Lynn.

MLNF Fury Gedruis Pakalinskis

MLNF Fury Gedruis Pakalinskis

Fury, without big hitting Diavidas Butcivivious who was serving the last of a three-match suspension, never looked in trouble as they took an early lead at the end of the first quarter.

In keeping with Fury’s philosophy of bring home grown talent from the successful academy program at the town’s College of West Anglia into the senior ranks, Huggins never looked out of place with his snappy passing and lightning pace.

And it was 17-year-old Huggins who took Fury to the 100-point mark for the first time ever with a three-pointer in the last quarter.

Coach James Bamfield said: “It was a difficult start and I think we were a little on edge after losing three straight, but once we started to move the ball and get a rhythm we looked really good.

“This is the first time we have broken 100 points as a club and that’s great to see. I was particularly pleased with Luke Huggins’ contribution as it shows the work we are doing at the Academy and under 16 level is paying dividends.

“I hope we can see a steady stream of talent coming through the club’s player development pathway.”

Fury had a winning weekend with the talented U16 squad triumphing in all three matches on Sunday against East Cambs, Lynn Nets 1 and Lynn Nets 2.

Promoter Kevin Holland said: “Seeing the youngsters coming through the junior ranks into the College program and then into the senior team playing National League basketball is what Fury is all about.

“Our U16’s are getting better with every game and boasting several county players in the Holland brothers as well as the talented point guard Cameron Leitch and a host of other local home grown talent.

“The future is extremely promising for Fury and even at tender ages, they are putting pressure on the development squads in the Norfolk Senior League.

“It won’t be long before we see some of these youngsters making full debuts.”

Fury now have a break over Christmas and next play away on January 11 visiting Northants Taurus.