BASKETBALL: King’s Lynn Fury rode their luck to eke out a deserved National League Division Four victory over Warwickshire Hawks.
Leading 59-57, the buzzer sounded as a desperation shot from the halfway line from the visitors looped towards the hoop. Had it gone in, it would have sent Fury to defeat but it hit the ring and bounced away.
It was a huge improvement on Fury’s reverse fixtures against Warwickshire when coach James Bamfield had laid into his team, accusing them of lacking commitment after a 78-61 loss.
But this time a proud Bamfield was full of superlatives for his squad’s efforts and said: “I am delighted for our fans and the players, to make a 20 point swing in just four weeks is testament to the hard work these players are putting in each week.
“We had talked about having a pack mentality on defence and playing with more toughness at both ends and I felt we became a team today.”
Defence dominated the game with both sides working tirelessly in a low-scoring encounter.
Fury dominated the first quarter to lead 18-10 behind 11 points from Ethan Allen.
Hawks responded well after the break, closing the half just 34-32 adrift.
The Warwickshire team stepped up the pressure in the third quarter but a 10-4 home run made it all square at 46 going into the last period.
Fury were 55-50 with just over three minutes to play when Allen’s basket brought the game back to within a single score.
Edga Lomsargis reduced the deficit to 56-54. Allen got it down to one at 57-56 before Allen and Andrew Purnell scored what proved to be the winning scores.