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BASKETBALL: CWA Fury bounced back from a heartbreaking loss in their season opener to beat Hertfordshire Warriors 77-66 in the first round of the National Shield at Lynnsport on Saturday.

Player/coach James Bamfield dropped in an early three pointer before captain Rich Milbourne added two more.

Centre Deividas Butkevicius impressed throughout and a well crafted give-and-go between the Lithuanian and point-guard Tomas Liberis gave Fury a 17-13 lead.

The away side responded with strong shooting from behind the three-point line and headed into the half-time break 39-32 ahead.

Fury came out on fire in the third quarter with Milbourne, Liberis and Diccon Lloyd- Smeath leading the offensive surge while on defence Butkevicius contributed with three big blocks.

Ash Manning found space under the basket and academy product point-guard Russell Bodger finished a running layup to give Fury a 61-56 lead.

Liberis continued his big game performance in the fourth and a fantastic cross-over into a pull-up three increased the home side’s lead to eight points.

With time winding down both sides began to tire but Butkevicius added a long two before Milbourne nailed an energy-draining three-pointer to secure victory for Fury.

Bamfield said: “I’m delighted to have won. The lads have been working really hard in training, especially on the defensive end.

“I was a little frustrated at halftime but we came out fighting in the third. We have the talent here and that showed on the court, we’re looking forward to facing Brentwood now.”

MVP: Deividas Butkevicius. The big man was outstanding and contributed 20 points as well as three blocks. Point guard Tomas Liberis top-scored with 22 while captain Rich Milbourne and Coach James Bamfield also impressed.

– CWA Fury Basketball Club are holding a club day at Lynnsport tomorrow (Oct 5), from 2.30pm.

The u13s, u14s and u16s will be taking on teams from Basketball In The Community from Norwich before the day’s main event when Fury take on Brentwood at 6pm – tickets £5 adults, £3 u16s.


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