BASKETBALL: A last second three-point shot from Ware Rebels guard Ali Miller broke CWA Fury hearts in their National League Division Four season opener on Sunday.
With the last play of the game, Rebels found an unguarded Miller behind the arc and his shot dropped in before the clock expired to give the home side a 74-72 win.
Fury started brightly and raced to an early 13-5 lead on the back of some sharp three-point shooting from Mindaugas Spukas.
The game remained close throughout with the Rebels continuing to make their own shots, but with four minutes to go captain Rich Milbourne and new-signing Ryan Plaice both sank three-pointers to extend Fury’s lead to seven.
Fury, who were unable to field a full-strength side due to various player commitments, had further problems when forward Deividas Butkevicius got into foul trouble.
The Lithuanian, who has impressed with his recent performances, dominated the rebounds and provided an inside threat for Fury, finishing with 13 points.
But the Rebels threat came from outside the key, as backto- back three-pointers closed the game to just one point.
With time winding down, Fury needed just one more defensive stand to take a win back to Norfolk.
But it wasn’t to be as Rebels executed their last play perfectly to give Miller space to sink the winning shot.
Fury coach James Bamfield said: “It was disappointing not to get the win as the game was ours to lose.
“I’m frustrated because I think I made a couple of tactical errors but I was delighted with some of our play and I think that we’re only at 30 per cent of where we can be.
“We have plenty of scoring but I want to shore up the defence now.”
Tomorrow Fury get their season underway at home
by welcoming Hertfordshire Warriors to Lynnsport in the National Shield.
Tip-off is at 6pm. Admission is £5 adults, £3 for children.