A huge night awaits CWA Lynn Fury at Lynnsport tomorrow (6pm) when they hold home court advantage for a National Basketball League play-offs quarter-final tie.
The Fury earned their date against Brunel University by beating their divisional winners Brentwood Fire 85-73 in the round of 16 last weekend.
A victory for Fury would see them travel in the semi-finals to either Team Newcastle University or another divisional rival Barking and Dagenham Thunder. The final is played in Sheffield.
Delighted coach James Bamfield thought his side had blown their opportunity prior to the play-offs.
He said: “The way the side has responded since the back to back losses shows the character we have within the side at the moment.
“To then be drawn against Brentwood, who had inflicted one of those losses, just felt like an opportunity for retribution, not against them but for ourselves.”
He added: “Brunel are a big club backed by a massive institution and from the scouting we have done they have assembled a very strong roster.
“We will be working on how to neutralise their threats and combat some of the things they are likely to do to disrupt us.
“I’m sure no one in the basketball community really thought we could get past Brentwood and equally we will be the underdogs on Saturday.
“However this is one of the biggest sporting events in the town’s history and I’m sure that the support at Lynnsport will be epic. For me personally it’s so rewarding to see the club return to prominence after such a hard journey back.”
Brunel University Ducks from London were winners of the South East Division before seeing-off divisional rivals Sussex Bears 92–75 in the round of 16.
The Ducks are in their first National League season. Head coach Pete Deppisch has developed a strong squad which includes former BBL wing Benji Lawmann, guard Joel Henry and Leon Bennett-Harris, a former Division One star with Westminster.
Fury captain Richard Milbourne is processing paperwork for a move to Canada in the close season and tomorrow’s game will be the last time he will take to the home court in a Fury uniform.
Norfolk-born Milbourne made his Fury debut against Manchester Magic on October 14, 2006.
After two seasons with Fury in Division One, Milbourne attended the University of Worcester and was in their squad which won the British Universities Championship in 2009. He returned to Norfolk in 2011 and has been with Fury ever since.
Club sponsor and promoter Kevin Holland said: “Getting into the play-offs was an achievement in itself. Winning away against the highly fancied Brentwood Fire was a bonus.
“Fury is not just a team, it’s more than that, we are a family.
“What James Bamfield has created here is remarkable given the limited budget. No team will want to visit the cauldron of Lynnsport when it’s packed and 250 chanting fans are calling our name.”
Admission: adults £5, under 16’s £3. Doors open at 5.45pm.
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