King’s Lynn Fury 97
Northants Tauras 90
Lacking their usual fizz, Fury, sponsored by Aven Ltd, still found enough scoring power to ease past Tauras in a National League Development Division game at Lynnsport on Saturday evening.
Unusually, when dealing with a team having scored 80 points in the first three-quarters of a game, a feeling abounded that it could have been much more.
Maybe Tauras, who hung around right until the end, could have been dispatched sooner.
Fury had comfortably swept Tauras aside in three meetings over the past two years so when Tauras arrived short-handed a similar outcome seemed probable.
Apart from three early triples, two to Fury, the early pace was slow. At 16-13 there was a hint that Fury could take control but this never materialised as Tauras came back to lead 18-16.
A triple from Arnas Maziliauskas and a three point play from Adrius Grekis gave Fury a 22-19 edge at the break.
Early in the second quarter Tauras enjoyed a run of nine unanswered points to steal a useful 31-25 lead and although Aliek Laryn sparked the Fury with a triple they could only get even with Tauras until the final seconds of the quarter. Fury edged into an interval lead when two late triples from Mindaugas Spukas brought them from 40-37 down to lead at 43-42.
Coach James Bamfield must have been concerned by some uncharacteristic sloppiness by some of the Fury’s most experienced players. There had simply been too many turn-overs and missed scoring opportunities for the squad to be comfortable whilst Tauras demonstrated they could capitalise upon any weakness.
Unbelievably the first pass of the second half was given straight to Tauras providing an open invitation to regain the lead. Maybe that was the required spark because the third quarter, whilst not without lapses, saw Fury at their most fluent and finally they engaged their loyal supporters into giving their usual vocal backing.
The mix is quite energising and saw Fury notch 36 points in the quarter to be 79-67 up going into the fourth.
Midway through the final stanza, Fury maintained a similar advantage holding an 85-74 lead but an 11-3 Tauras run completely shifted the momentum with the margin being just one score at 88-85.
The clock was Fury’s friend and once Laryn and Spukas had consolidated Fury’s position Tauras were forced to foul to stop the clock. Fury continued to score from the line and although Tauras managed a late effort from beyond the arc to make it 94-90, Fury had enough breathing space to close out the win from the foul line.
Main points: Mazilialiskas 22, Laryn 16, Spukas 15 and Geidrius Pakalniskas 11.
All 12 members of the Fury bench made a scoring contribution which is a relatively rare occurrence in tight games at this level and bodes well for the development of the junior end.
Tomorrow, Fury face a much tougher task when they visit Dagenham Dragons so know that turn-overs will need to be kept to a minimum if they are to emerge with the league points which are so vital in their play-off quest.
Bamfield confirmed that, subject to clearance, Fury have signed Eivydas Aleksa and Ethan Allen.
NBL Development League
SE Division top four
Tm W L Vd Pt
Greenwich 11 1 0 22
Southwark 9 1 0 18
Fury 7 3 0 14
Dagenham 6 3 0 12