NBL Division Four Men
King’s Lynn Fury 56
Northants Tauras 84
The National Basketball League opened this weekend with Fury in action across all three age groups.
In senior action the new-look side had a nervous start which allowed Tauras to take a 16-1 lead after four minutes from which Fury failed to recover.
Led by returning Ethan Allen with 18 points, Fury matched Northants for 32 of the 40 minutes, basket for basket, but in the third period after Fury closed the gap to 10, Tauras used a 12-0 run in four minutes to end the game as a contest.
Coach James Bamfield said: “It was a difficult game to start with. Tauras are very strong and should win this division.
“We just need a little bit more time to gel. Our lack of NBL experience hurt. As they always say, you can’t win a game in the first five minutes but you can lose it, and we lost it!
“Having said that I’m very excited by the 32 minutes of good basketball we put together and Lynnsport hasn’t seen that sort of hustle and effort since the good old days!
“As we took care of the little details of communicating numbers, helping our team-mates and executing our offence we looked really good and I’m sure the boys will all take that on board for the rest of the year to trust the gameplan and stick to it.”
Fury travel to Wolverhampton on Sunday while the U16 side hosts Brentwood.
In U18 action Fury were pipped at the post by Southend despite leading until four minutes to go 61-55.
In a double header action Fury then defeated Shoeburyness by 14 to finish the weekend ‘1 and 1’.
The U16’s had the brightest start as they defeated Bury Bulldogs in an epic double overtime game despite finishing with only four players on court. Ben Rayner led the overtime charge with 16 points of his own.
On Sunday they faced Shoeburyness and buoyed by their first win they exploded out the gates to lead 30-6 after the first period as they cruised into a 30-point victory.
In College action the CWA side faced Moulton and went down by 35 in the Academy cup.
Meanwhile, Matty Roberts trialed for Wales at U23 level and was invited to join the squad.