After three years of toil the Year 11 basketball side at Lynn’s King Edward VII Academy (KES) can lay claim to be the best side in the county.
In November the boys claimed the West Norfolk Schools championship. Since then they topped the West Norfolk pool of National Schools to qualify for the county final versus NotreDame, just pipping KLA on the head-to-head.
Having never produced a county champion and losing out last year by just two points, all involved were extremely motivated to take their final chance at glory before graduating from High School.
After jumping out to an early lead the third period saw KES perhaps let the occasion get the better of them as they allowed NotreDame to move into a seven point lead.
But they pushed forward to cut the lead to two with 18 seconds remaining.
After a timeout Lukas Krutinas cleaned up a miss to level the score with six seconds to go. A turnover set up a dramatic finish with just two seconds on the clock – it was perhaps fitting that Robertas Lucinskis worked free to score the winning basket and bring glory to KES Academy 2016 county champions.
Ross McNeil, head of boys PE, said: “What just happened was nothing short of inspirational, the sort of thing you see in Hollywood films. These boys will remember today forever. I can’t thank James Bamfield and Fury enough for what they’ve done for these boys and the school.”
l King’s Lynn Fury have confirmed the addition of two players to the senior side before the transfer deadline.
The first is Canadian import Ethan Allen, who spent the first half of the season playing in Italy.
Coach James Bamfield said: “He is a fantastic addition to the Fury side.”
At 6ft 4 and with a varied skill set, Allen will bring excitement and scoring to the side as well as being a lockdown defender.
As well as helping the Fury on the court Allen will also be officiating local school games and in future developing the game in local schools.
The second addition is the return of Eivydas Aleksa. A product of the Fury development program and Academy, “Kobe” was an inspirational part of last season’s playoff run. Over the summer he graduated CWA and moved onto Worcester University where he is part of the very successful BUCS first team.
It is a tremendous tribute to his love for the Fury club that he has agreed to travel several times to Lynn to be part of the side.
Aleksa said: “I’m so happy to be signing and to be part of the Fury again. I can’t wait for our first game and I hope everyone will come out and support the side.”
Fury face West Herts tomorrow at Lynnsport, 6pm.
l The CWA Academy, who have already become regional finalists, added more silverware last week as they defeated Long Road to claim the East Region Cup.
They will now go into the draw for the last 16 of the National Cup.