Behind the scenes King’s Lynn Fury Basketball Club has continued to work hard over the summer to develop a sound infrastructure to support the work already going on.
One of the key moves has been to appoint Frances Rayner as the club’s fundraising officer.
Rayner has been very active in the West Norfolk community through the Downham Games, West Norfolk Sports Council and other voluntary endeavours.
During the London Olympics she was selected as a Torch bearer in recognition of all her efforts.
She is keen to get started on an number of initiatives to raise funds, including: Development of the club shop, a tuck shop and raffle at NBL games, bag packs and cake sales
If you would be willing to help with these ideas and others, email her on email@example.com
Fury 117 USA Select Blue 136
In Fury’s second pre-season game they hosted a side made up of US players hopeful of finding professional contracts in Europe.
Before the game the players from the US side hosted a clinic for Fury U16’s which was inspiring for the youngsters.
Fury struggled early with the US sides pressure D trailing 8-0, but started to find their feet led by Giedrius Pakalniskis and the first period ended with Fury trailing 34-25.
In the second period Mindaugas Spukas and Eivydas Aleksa, who was making an emotional farewell before his move to Worcester Uni, combined for 13 points to bring the lead to just 49-47. Trialist Audrius Gudekis impressed as Fury trailed 69-59 at the break.
In the third period the game swung on Fury missing 10 from 12 free shots over a fourminute spell with Blue again landing a buzzer three lead. Fury played strongly in the fourth period, scoring 30-32.
Coach James Bamfield said: “We fixed a number of problems that I was unhappy about in the last game. There was little more atmosphere around the team and we fought hard for 48 minutes. Giedrius and Deividas were superb and will lead our side from the front this year while Audrius and Arnas have started to settle and played really well. It was also nice to give Kobe a send off game and see further senior development for 16 year old Saul Holland, 17 year old Vytau Girdzius and 18 year old Luke Huggins.”
Top scorers, Fury: Pakalniskis 27, Butkevicius 27, Gudekis 23, Aleksa 17.
You can see footage of the game on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTjZEwqSEio