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Opening Weekend Recap

By Fury Staff, 04/11/18, 1:00PM CDT


Fury Wilde had a very solid weekend winning 4 games and losing a close game to D1 MN in the championship game. The offense didn't look great as this team is still gelling. However defensively this team played very well. When guards Sam Nissen and Jacob Beeninga applied defensive ball pressure, teams struggled getting into their offense. Although there is major room for improvement, this team played very unselfish and moved the ball really well. Very excited for the next two weeks of practice!

Minnesota Fury Kaupa opened their season with a victory over Minnesotan Magic. They played an all around game when it came to offense and defense. In the round of 16 they built up a 20 point lead over Wisconsin Playmakers before ultimately beating them to advance to the final 8. Sunday morning Fury Kaupa would fall to D1 MN 17U. They would fall to Crossfire on Sunday’s afternoon to finish the weekend 2-2. There are clearly areas for improvement but this group showed that in spirts it can play at a very high level. Excited what 2 weeks of practice together can do before heading to Omaha, NE for the Midwest Live tournament from April 20-22.

Fury Zurn started off the Comets Shootout with 2 pool victories over ECI Select and Heat Lange. Moving into the championship bracket on Sunday they would go on to defeat ND Alliance, Heat Moberg, and WOTN Davis  by double digits, setting up a championship with the host team. After building a 16 point lead in the second half the Comets would climb back into the game with their 3 point shooting. Fury was able to sustain the attack and hit enough free throws to earn a 67-58 victory. They ended the weekend 6-0, they are now off this weekend before heading to the Under Armour Jam Fest in Pittsburgh on April 20th.

Fury Kline kicked off their season last weekend in St. Cloud at the Comets Shootout. Pool play started on Saturday, April 7th, and Fury Kline won by 20+ points in both games (Magic Elite, and Heat Ankrah). The new additions to the team - Cooper Olson (Champlin Park), Lukas Dunford (Eden Prairie), and Gabe Bassett (Farmington) - gelled nicely with the 6 returning players which led to the 2 victories.

Bracket play kicked off the next day. Fury Kline kept the momentum going and defeated the Wisconsin City Select 64-35. Team Get Shook was up next, and Fury Kline fell behind early. Transition scores against an aggressive full court press allowed the Fury to take a lead, and they never looked back defeating Team Get Shook 74-63, and advancing to the semi-finals.

Comets Elite was the opponent for the semi-final game. Fury Kline built a lead that lasted most of the game, but Comets Elite got hot in the second half. Comets took the lead with 18 seconds remaining and the Fury were unable to convert the final possession into points, losing 58-60 to the Comets Elite.

It was a good weekend for Fury Kline, a 4-1 start to the season and lots of good things to build on. They will be competing at the MIdwest Live tournament in Omaha on April 21st and 22nd.

MN Fury Poppen started its 2018 campaign strong with three solid victories on Saturday at the Comets Shootout. The group played well together moving the ball throughout, running the break well, and playing tough defense. Sunday began with a hard fought victory in the quarterfinals in a back and forth game Fury Poppen proved to be too much down the stretch D1 MN. Fatigue and fundamentals caught up to the boys in the semifinals losing to a very good and well coached Crossfire team. Overall the team showed signs of promise, giving us things to build on, but also to correct. The young group has an edge to them, saying we love to win but hate losing more.

This weekend Fury Syverson made a trip up to St. Cloud for our first tournament. It was the first time all 10 guys played together collectively and it was fun to play against good competition and see what type of talent is on our roster. We finished the weekend 3-2 including an overtime win against ECI and a close loss against D1 MN Prospects. We started to play together as a team on Sunday and the effort that these guys put into their play can't be coached. It is going to be a great season with this hardworking group!