Bury Bombers have made a mixed start to the new Division Two South campaign, following an opening day defeat with a hard-fought victory.
In their first encounter back in Division Two following relegation, a reduced side travelled to Leicester Cobras.
A bright start saw Chris Rix open the scoring, only for Cobras to first level, before adding several easy baskets as Bombers found themselves 12-4 down at the end of the first quarter.
Lloyd Jones and Daniel Dickings then both added baskets but so did the hosts who extended their advantage to 18-9 at half-time.
Further baskets came from Dickings, Jones, Rix and Paul Guest but the Cobras always maintained their advantage through the last two periods to eventual ly come out 38-27 winners.
The Bombers hit the road again in the second game of the season in a trip to Maidstone Rebels, who had enjoyed a winning start to the season.
Great Britain Under-23 player Jack Perry was back among the starting line up and he immediately showed his worth, scoring all but one basket in a first quarter that saw the visitors lead 19-10.
Dickings and Aiden Hughes joined Perry on the score sheet and, by half time Bombers maintained their lead, 28-23.
And it was to prove an advantage the Bombers would not relinquish, maintaining their dominance in the final two periods to claim a 56-43 success.
They will now be hoping to carry that momentum into Sunday’s home encounter against Shropshire Warriors at Culford Sports Centre (2pm).