Fury 92 Cambridge Cats 63
A 22-2 burst, bridging the first and second quarters, paved the way for King’s Lynn Fury’s convincing victory over visiting Cats in the first leg of a scheduled double header weekend at Lynnsport.
This National League Development Division (South East) match-up brought together these fierce rivals who, in the past two seasons, have vied for post-season places; Cats making the Play-Offs in 2014 and Fury in 2015, each at the other’s expense.
Cats have struggled at times this season but that was not immediately apparent as the sides went toe to toe across the opening exchanges. Fury went 11-5 up but the Cats responded to lead 16-15 going into the eighth minute.
At this stage an Arnas Mazilialiskas triple sparked that Fury run. The first quarter was capped by an amazing half court effort from Audrius Grekis. This brought the house down and saw Fury into a useful 27-16 lead.
Fury’s run continued after the break with Mazilialiskas and Giedrius Pakalniskis sharing the Fury points in an 11-2 run which opened up a 21 points lead at 39-18.
Cats were shell shocked and their body language told of the effects of the Fury barrage but, being the solid team that they are they re-grouped and enjoyed an 8-2 run, helped somewhat by some carelessness in the Fury ranks which gifted Cats some fast-break opportunities.
Fury got back on track with Eivydas Aleska finding the target from beyond the arc and capping that off with two free throws which cemented Fury’s position at the half with a clear 47-29 advantage.
Cats scored the first two points of the second half but that was as close as they got. The margin never dropped below 16 points. It was 56-40 in favour of Fury seven minutes into the third but they pushed on to lead 65-44 by the end of the quarter.
At one point in the fourth the lead extended to 32 with Fury ahead 85-53 but with an eye to the game on Sunday, coach James Bamfield rotated his bench to allow all players court time, including giving a debut to Fin Holland who, although not scoring, grabbed a rebound as his first positive statistic at senior level.
Fury’s leading scorers: Pakalniskis 18 points, Aliek Laryn 15, with Aleska, Deividas Butkevicius and Mazailialiskas all on 10.
Sunday’s game against Dagenham was cancelled because Dragons refused to attend. Next weekend Fury are away to Essex Blades.