A late run of eleven unanswered points saw King’s Lynn Fury secure a valuable 74-58 road victory over West Herts Warriors in their latest National League clash.
Having led by nine at the half, Fury found themselves pegged back and their advantage cut to a precarious five points with four minutes to play.
The late run eased any worries as they closed out an ultimately comfortable victory.
Little drama was anticipated as Fury began well. Mindaugas Spukas began the game with a triple which sparked a 12-2 run in the first five minutes. National League encounters are not usually decided so quickly and Warriors responded with a run of their own to close the gap to just one, 14-13, at the end of the first quarter.
Fury regained control at the start of the second quarter and behind bursts from Deividas Butkeviucius and Tomas Liberis opened up a 35-21 lead which was again reduced late on to 35-26 at the break.
Warriors enjoyed the better of the third quarter, a 10-2 run enabling them to close to within six at 42-36.
Consecutive baskets by Arnas Maziliauskas helped break the Warriors run and a late Spukas triple enabled Fury to enter that fourth ahead by 54-47.
Four minutes into the fourth Warriors had closed to within four at 57-53 but that was as close as they came. Fury edged further ahead to 63-58 before that late run wrapped up the points.
Butkeviucius and Maziliauskas each hit 18 points for Fury with Giedrius Pakalniskis 11 and Spukas 10 also making double digit contributions.
This win gives Fury a 3 and 1 record, third in the table on six points, which puts them in amongst those clubs challenging at the top end of a division where every team has lost at least one game.
Tomorrow, Fury travel to meet arch rivals Cambridge Cats. The Cats have endured a difficult start to the campaign and currently stand with a 1 and 4 record. However, no one at Fury will take this game lightly as they are fully aware of tough encounters they have faced against this same opposition in recent seasons.