Cambridge Cats 89
King’s Lynn Fury 102
Having suffered back to back defeats at the hands of the National League Development Division’s (South East) top two sides, Lynn Fury went into Christmas on the back of a well-deserved victory at old rivals Cats.
These sides have tussled mightily for play-off places over the past two years.
In 2014 the Cats edged the King’s Lynn Fury whilst in 2015 roles were reversed when Fury triumphed on their home court to edge out the Cats.
Each side went into the contest with high hopes. The Cats have recovered from a sluggish start during which they lost four of their first five to record two recent wins and give them confidence that they could achieve further success.
It was vital that Fury gained this victory to retain their position in the play-off mix. Defeat would have been hard to take as an adverse result would have left them facing a huge uphill task in the new year.
As ever between these sides, the early stages saw a tight affair with Fury edging the first quarter 22-21. Both sides scored more freely in the second with the Cats managing to tie things up at 50 at the half.
Fury coach, James Bamfield would have wanted his squad to tighten their defence as it is always difficult to win if you allow the opposition to tally a three figure score.
His hopes were realised as Fury took charge of the game in the third period.
Fury restricted the Cats to 16 points whilst running in 29 at the other end to grab a 79-66 advantage going into the fourth.
With time on their side Fury were happy to keep pace with the Cats over the final stanza. The separation created in the third period meant that the Cats had to push hard if they were going to threaten a come-back. Fury held firm and as the hooter sounded the margin created in the third all but remained.
The Fury players can look forward to the festive season in good heart but know they face an intense and demanding programme in the New Year.
Having been forced to postpone two home games earlier in the season they have ten more games to play with their loyal fans looking forward to seven of them at Lynnsport.
The South East section of the league has proved to be of high quality this season and Fury are in the familiar position of needing to win out to gain a play-off spot.
In the past two seasons the pressure has been on after Christmas and Fury sides have responded well. Last season’s run took them all the way to the National Final.
Having lost all three games to the top two sides they can’t afford to slip up again.
The key fixtures are home and away games with Essex Blades and Dagenham Dragons; these three teams may be competing for the final play-off place behind Greenwich Titans and Southwark Pride.
Team W L Pts
Greenwich Titans 9 1 18
Southwark Pride 7 1 14
Dagenham Dragons 5 2 10
Essex Blades 5 3 10
King’s Lynn Fury 5 3 10
Lewisham Thunder 4 5 8
West Herts Warriors 4 5 8
Cambridge Cats 3 5 8
Northants Tauras 1 9 2
Anglia Ruskin University 0 9 0