Mets forfeit so King’s Lynn Fury finish season in seventh position

Basket action from Lynn Fury.
Basket action from Lynn Fury.
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With Birmingham Mets choosing to forfeit Fury’s final league fixture and Derby losing their game with Nottingham, the Lynn basketball side finished their season in seventh place with a 6-12 record.

Rather than end the season without a fixture, Dave Wood kindly gathered his Wildcat Lions fellow Norfolk side for an exhibition game.

Basket action from Lynn Fury.

Basket action from Lynn Fury.

Jardel Kerr, Daniel Bryant, Andrew Purnell and Jack Ford were already unavailable and with Wood and Vaughan playing for Wildcats this left only four regular first team players available for the Fury side.

Coach James Bamfield took the opportunity to bring back a couple of familiar faces with a view to next season in Tony Murray of the national finals college side and John Pickett, a long-term club servant.

There were also opportunities for several youngsters to show their ability with Gerardas Simaitis earning a first start, while Donatas Zakaras, Yuri Tamilovs and Vytau Girdzius all saw significant court time.

Two of the club’s most promising under-16 players also made appearances with 6’6 Edmundas Kundavicius doing a good job.

Meanwhile, 15 year-old Eivydas Kriunas showed why there is so much excitement around his future as he recorded 12 points and six rebounds.

Senior players Arentas Jasiunas, Matty Roberts and Edga Lomsargis all played well and Fury showed glimpses of their offensive potential as they moved into a 15-point lead as the third period ended.

Unfortunately a combination of fatigue and inexperience allowed Wildcats to rally and move into a five-point advantage with minutes to play.

Despite a number of missed free throws from ex-Fury player Allen, Fury failed to convert and Wildcats secured the win 71-68 behind stellar play from David Vaughan, 22 points.

Bamfield said: “This was one of our best home days of the season: the fans got to see a closely contested game with local King’s Lynn lads getting to contribute at senior level.

“We will now take a step back and assess everything before deciding on how to build on what has been a solid rebuilding year.

“I’m glad we didn’t regress to losing every week and after Christmas were in a close game with every team in the division.

“I am truly excited for next season as this year we brought in Andy Purnell with 15 years’ NBL experience to support a group with little or no experience

“We will next year have 12 players with 15 years’ experience between them!”