Anglia Ruskin Uni 67
King’s Lynn Fury returned to National League basketball action with an progressive road win over Anglia Ruskin University on Saturday evening.
An outing at bottom of the table Anglia Ruskin Uni (ARU) with a 0 and 6 record proved the perfect way for Fury to get back on track before a showdown with the league’s early leaders, Greenwich Titans and Southwark Pride, over the next two weeks.
On Saturday at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Fury controlled from the off. Any fear of ring rust was swept away as Fury stormed into a 15-0 lead courtesy of five three-point plays.
The youthful Fury side, who featured several Development players, continued the free scoring for long periods shaking off any nerves the first time starters may have had.
ARU finally got on the board and cut the lead to 15-10 by the end of the first.
Fury began the second period in similar fashion to the first, reeling off a 12-2 run which put them in total command at 27-7.
ARU enjoyed their best period of the match using a 19-8 run to reduce the deficit and maintain an interest in the outcome, reaching the interval with the score at 35-26 in favour of Fury.
The third quarter saw ARU threaten as they closed the gap to four at 43-39 before Fury used a 16-2 run to re-establish their dominance and enter the final period with a 59-43 advantage.
This lead increased to a substantial 70-48 with five minutes remaining. The late Ruskin run, based around a 13-4 burst during which they hit three ‘treys’ which halved that deficit, never threatened Fury’s overall dominance and the ultimate outcome.
December is a key month for Fury’s divisional title and play-off ambitions.
Over the next two weeks they face the two sides sitting above them in the table, albeit due to the fact that they have played more games.
On Sunday they visit Greenwich Titans before hosting Southwark Pride on Saturday, December 12.
Fury completes their pre-Christmas schedule with a visit to old rivals, Cambridge Cats on December 19.
Two years ago, Fury found Titans difficult opponents splitting two low scoring attritional games.
Last season the sides were in different divisions and Titans have clearly strengthened in the interim.
They have scored over 110 points in each of their last two outings.
Their only defeat was, like Fury, at the hands of Southwark Pride so this match up will be vital in the head to head clashes which could determine ultimate placements.