King’s Lynn Fury turned around a 28-19 first quarter deficit to cruise to a comfortable 82-66 National Development League victory at London Thunder on Sunday afternoon.
The win for Fury, with the backing of new sponsor Aven Ltd, was gained on the back of huge performances from the inside-outside double act of Arnas Maziliauskas and Deividas Butkevivcius who combined for 53 points.
They were the only Fury players to reach double figures although seven other players made important scoring contributions along the way.
Triples from Maziliauskas, Tomas Liberis and Artur Jakiel got the second quarter off to a good start for Fury as they hauled themselves back into the contest. Despite this the second quarter ended with Fury still trailing by four at 43-39.
The third quarter proved pivotal with Fury outscoring Thunder 20-6 across the piece to go into the final stanza with a solid 59-49 advantage.
The decisive burst came from the mid-point of the quarter. With the scores tied at 46 Fury closed the period with a 13-3 run which sent them into the final stanza in a position of considerable strength.
Fury were never again threatened with a run of 11 unanswered points giving them a 77-56 lead to take into the final two minutes.
Maziliauskas ended the contest with 29 points, which included four of Fury’s nine triples, whilst Butkeviucius tallied a further 24 with his inside presence being a constant problem for the Thunder.
The results puts Fury up to third in the table with a 6-3 record.
Seven of Fury’s nine remaining games are on their home court at Lynnsport. In previous seasons Fury have improved the longer the season has worn on.
To have any hope of impacting on divisional honours Fury need to ensure that they make home advantage tell beginning with their game against Northants Tauras tomorrow at Lynnsport, 6pm tip.
The big Fury fan base has been starved of action so far this season although the final home game prior to the Christmas break was a real thriller.
Coach James Bamfield will be looking for the Fury fans to get behind their team and help them into the end of season play-offs as a minimum target.