Sunday, 9 November 2014

Team of the Year

TEAM OF THE YEAR– FURY SENIOR MEN– winners of the Scottish League & Cup

FURY 15 MAKE YOUTH NATIONAL SQUADS

Clark Eriksson Fury had 15 of their top young players selected for the initial Scotland National squads in the U15, 16 and 18 age groups.
Newly formatted trials that carried athletic as well as basketball tests were part of the initial selection process. The squads which range from 22- 30 players will have several further sessions before final teams are selected for competition in 2015.
Any player not selected is still open for consideration with coaches continuing to monitor players during the season.

Congratulations to the following FURY players who will be working hard to make the full teams-

U15 BOYS 
Ben McGinlay
Mitchell Stirling
Adam Rutter
Daniel Olubolade
James Kerr

U16 BOYS U16 GIRLS
Alex Hall Emma Norval
Cameron Carter

U18 BOYS U18 GIRLS
Ali McDermid Laura Young
Thomas Hunter Taylor Bardsley
Eddy Leginus Kara McCormick

Ryan Weir

CADETS AND JUNIORS WIN IN HIGHLANDS!

Clark Eriksson Fury Division 1 U16 & U18 Men’s team had solid wins on the road in Inverness as they both continue to challenge for honours.
Neil Connell’s Cadet Men had an 86-61 win over Highland Bears and that keeps them joint second only 1 point from the top. A 32 pt 3rd period was the highlight with Mitchell Stirling top scoring on 22pts. Ben McGinley had 20 with Alex Hall 17.

Keith Bunyan’s Junior Men had a 77-48 points win over the Bears with a 21-6 opening period and 26-11 third, allowing 5 players to get in double figures. Guards Eddy Leginus and Ryan Weir shared 30 with Ali McDermid on 14. Daniel Tran had 12 with centre Thomas Hunter on 11.

FURY SW IN OT LOSS FOR SECOND TIME!

Clark Eriksson Fury Senior Women’s side went into overtime for the second time this season and just lost out 61-59 to capital side Polonia Phoenix. In a flurry of foul calls on the Falkirk side in the opening period, the Falkirk side’s Scotland international Laura Nimmo watched literally all the first three quarters after opening with a quick 5 points but equally quick 3 fouls. 12-7 down at the end of the first and an 11-18 second period put Fury behind by 12 at the half. However a stronger third stanza saw Fury tie that spell at 13 apiece with 7 personal from teenage pg Shannon Flippard. Fury then dominated the final period with an 18-7 scoreline giving up 3 of these 7 points in the final seconds as a three from Lindsay Campbell tied the match and sent it into overtime. That final period had seen Fury’s Nimmo re-enter the game and rack up 9 personal. Fury missed the opportunity to go 4 clear at the start of the OT with a missed lay-up and two free throws. Phoenix then pulled clear but Fury’s pressing game that they had deployed from the third period again took its toll on Polonia as key baskets by Kirstie Young, Flippard and Jenna Beattie meant the game went to the final second.

Scotland pair Flippard and Nimmo shared 32 points with Beattie and Young on 8 apiece

Saturday, 8 November 2014

9 THREES AGAIN FOR FURYS 3 POINT KEITH!

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 81 GLASGOW STORM 67
Scottish National League – Senior Men

Scotland ‘s best ever 3 pt shooter Keith Bunyan hit his second set of 9 three pointers in under 3 weeks. Once again Bunyan, after hitting his 9th three stepped out the game with 8 minutes left in the final quarter and declared – “ Its not about records its about our team improving and maintaining our goal of three league titles in a row”.
37yr old Keith, a Scotland International for over 20 years was not selected for the last abortive Scotland campaign in Malta but again showed to National Coach Iain Maclean, also the Storm coach, that he is still the best in the country beyond the arc.
Fury’s 32-15 third period put them 28 clear as they ran their bench in the final stanza to go 8 - 0 for the season and remain clear at the top of the league. 
Bunyan hit the opening basket in the game – a long three and ended the first period with another as the home side took an 18- 13 lead into the second. Scott Russell hit 6 personal in this period with Greek forward Greg Foussas grabbing a pair of twos and teenage centre Ross Gibson a single basket. In the second Bunyan opened the scoring with his third three of the night and closed out the half with his fourth in a 20-14 scoreline to give the Champions an 11 point half time lead. 
The third saw Jonny Bunyan open up with a three and two as Fury went further ahead. Captain Keith Bunyan then hit his 5th and 6th threes and before the period ended hit a further three 3’s – two of which were a full 9 feet beyond the arc.
A disappointing 4th made the scoreline respectable for Storm but it was still a happy home support, that saw their team take a step nearer retaining their title.
Keith Bunyan ended with 29 points and hard working Scott Russell on 10. Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport “ With Keith averaging 26 points in his last 3 games , he is playing some of his best basketball ever. He is in the form he has shown over the years that when he is in “the zone” he simply cannot miss. Off the bench our young players are producing more solid performances and when integrated with our experienced players they really step up. We have back to back games against Glasgow University now , one a quarter-final cup tie and the other a key league match, wins in both will put is a very strong position to defend our two titles”.


Thanks to Alex Johnston for the photo.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

FURY WOMAN LOSE TO CHAMPIONS IN CUP

Photo: FURY WOMAN LOSE TO CHAMPIONS IN CUP

Clark Eriksson Fury senior woman could not rally from a poor opening quarter despite solid second and third periods in their Scottish Cup tie against Edinburgh Kool Kats. Down 16-7 going into the second, the Falkirk side stayed in touch with a 10-11 scoreline that saw them 10 down at the half. In what was a tight defensive game Fury found points from several players without anyone able to make a really solid impression on offence. Even the third saw the game continue to be a Kat and mouse affair with neither team able to dominate the other and Fury were still in touch after an 11-14 third stanza. The fourth saw Fury finally slip out the game despite 7 points from ex Kats – Chloe Lodge and Shannon Purves. While the 4th was Fury’s best scoring period they lost it 22-15 to give the capital side a 20 point win. With Fury 0 from 4 the team can take comfort from the fact they have shown they can contend but consistency particularly on offence has to be addressed. Teenage pg Shannon Flippard again worked tirelessly and top scored for the Clark Eriksson side on 10 points with Laura Nimmo on 9.
Fury play hosts to Polonia Phoenix on Saturday with a 1.50pm tip – spectators welcome.

Photo of Shannon who top scored with 10 pointsClark Eriksson Fury senior woman could not rally from a poor opening quarter despite solid second and third periods in their Scottish Cup tie against Edinburgh Kool Kats. Down 16-7 going into the second, the Falkirk side stayed in touch with a 10-11 scoreline that saw them 10 down at the half. In what was a tight defensive game Fury found points from several players without anyone able to make a really solid impression on offence. Even the third saw the game continue to be a Kat and mouse affair with neither team able to dominate the other and Fury were still in touch after an 11-14 third stanza. The fourth saw Fury finally slip out the game despite 7 points from ex Kats – Chloe Lodge and Shannon Purves. While the 4th was Fury’s best scoring period they lost it 22-15 to give the capital side a 20 point win. With Fury 0 from 4 the team can take comfort from the fact they have shown they can contend but consistency particularly on offence has to be addressed. Teenage pg Shannon Flippard again worked tirelessly and top scored for the Clark Eriksson side on 10 points with Laura Nimmo on 9.
Fury play hosts to Polonia Phoenix on Saturday with a 1.50pm tip – spectators welcome.


Photo of Shannon who top scored with 10 points

FURY CADETTES LOSE OUT TO ROCKS IN CUP

This was a similar tale to the Fury women’s cup match where the U16 girls went down 19-4 early in the second period after a shocking 16-4 opening quarter with 14 year guard Caitlin Owens the only Fury player getting on the scoresheet. However a change of defence by Fury altered the game and the Falkirk side worked their way back in to the match taking the second eventually 10-8 with a fantastic defensive performance. With the difference at 10 Fury continued to maintain their defensive intensity but failed to find a consistent scoring touch losing the third 14-9. While opportunities were created to try and get the game into single figures they were not converted with the Rocks taking the final stanza 13-9. Fury had halved the scoreline from their league encounter and shown they without doubt are improving as a group.
Caitlin Owens finished on 7 working hard in the guard spot and on Fury’s defence. Flora Smith and Carmen Tran shared 12 points with both continuing each game, to improve and gain confidence . Tran doing a great job in the guard spot under constant Rocks pressure defence. 14 year old centre Mhairi McGill had 4 points, with guard Ciara Martin on 3 and contributing like Tran and Owens in the guard spot.
While Scotland International Emma Norval managed only 4 personal she worked tirelessly in defence making the centre of Fury’s defence a no go area with her shot blocking ability. While not on the scoresheet Cara Jackson again showed she is a key player with a great defensive performance.
Fury can take a lot from this but will have to wait on confirmation of their game this week-end scheduled to be against Polonia Phoenix on Saturday at 3.40pm to see if they can record their first league win in Division 1 this season as the game is in doubt over a clash with National Training.


Photo of Carmen who top scored along with Flora with 12 points.

NO ROCKY HORROR SHOW FOR FURY MEN

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 86 GLASGOW ROCKS 62
Scottish National Basketball League – Senior Men

Fury’s Halloween fixture with Glasgow Rocks Scottish side had early signs of a rocky road trip when the Scottish Champions trailed early on forcing coach John Bunyan to call a time out after 4 minutes play.
Fury picked up the pace with in form captain Keith Bunyan closing the period with 9 personal to take the Falkirk side 21-18 clear. However the second saw the Rocks continue to score and push Fury all the way to the end of the half. A spell in the second saw Fury maintain their tight lead with 7 consecutive points from the line. Bryan Munnoch who had come in to the starting line-up added to his opening 4 points in the first with rising stars Craig Malcolm and Ross Gibson getting on the scoresheet also during that spell. Keith Bunyan added a further 6 to take him to 15 at the half with Frenchman Walter Lubeigt finishing the quarter strongly with 3 excellent inside plays. With the scoreline at 40-15, Rocks BBL and Fury National League MVP pg Jonny Bunyan entered the game having been unable to play the first half due to BBL training – ironically with the Rocks!
This sparked a 32-14 scoreline in the third that put the game out of the Rocks reach and Fury 23 clear going into the final period. With Lubeigt hitting 10 in the third, Greek forward Greg Foussas finding form with 8 and Jonny Bunyan on 6, the Clark Eriksson side also playing tougher defence, the match was left to be played out with Fury’s young star
s combining well to take that spell 14-13 and a 24 point win. Ben Chok, Ross Gibson, Craig Malcolm and Darren Leitch all getting on the scoreboard with solid play also from Ross Munnoch and Connor Martin. Scott Russell was another Fury key with a solid display at both ends of the floor, working well in his starting role and when giving structure to the younger players in the fourth.
The win gives Fury a 7-0 start to the season and a 77-57 scoring average. Fury Headcoach told Heraldsport “ This was game that saw us give up too many points in the opening 2 periods. We tightened our defence and also found easier ways to score in the third. We were able to get everyone fully involved and they all contributed to the win. We have now 4 games to complete the first half of the season and our opening 7 games have seen us forced to use various starting line-ups and this will be key as the season progresses as we know we will not always be at full strength”.
10 players got on the scoresheet for the Falkirk side with Frenchman Walter Lubeigt top scoring on 20. Lubeigt worked tirelessly at both ends of the floor with his transition defence a key to Fury’s second half performance. Captain Keith Bunyan was again in outstanding form with 19 and showed he can still put up big numbers without a barrage of threes. Greg Foussas hit 10 pts with Jonny Bunyan on 8 and Ross Gibson 7.
This Friday Fury return to the Mariner SC with their 8th league match of the season when they face Glasgow Storm – the Falkirk side will be looking for a strong performance and spectators are welcome – tip off is 8pm with admission from 7.40pm.


Photo of Keith thanks to Alex Johnston.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

KEITH BUNYAN HITS 9 THREES IN FURY CUP WIN

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 81 TROON TORNADOES 58
Scottish Cup Senior Men – Second Round 14-15

Scottish Cup holders Clark Eriksson FURY moved through to the quarter finals of this years competition with an 81-58 win that saw captain Keith Bunyan turn back the years with 9 threes in 22 minutes of play. Bunyan who played while still not fully recovered from a trapped nerve holds the Scottish record for 3 point shooting when he scored 11 threes against an U18 GB some 16 years ago.

While both teams had a number of players missing Fury took control of the game in a 28-12 third stanza that took them 27 clear going into the final quarter.
Troon who like Fury had several players unavailable elected to play zone – always a dangerous option when facing the Fury captain who was 3 times in his 6 year pro career with the Rocks in the top three 3 point shooting percentage in the BBL. Fury set a blistering 3 point pace as their opening 5 baskets were 3 pointers , Keith hitting the opening three with brother Jonny hitting the fourth and Keith the 5th.
Fury led the opening stanza 17-13. Keith Bunyan added a further 5 threes throughout the match while only playing a total of 22 minutes. Scott Russell who only played the second half and 19 yr old Craig Malcolm who started for Fury added a three each to make it a total of 12 from behind the arc.
A 19-12 scoreline in the second period gave Fury an 11 point half time lead. The Falkirk side’s big surge in the third saw Keith Bunyan hit three of his three shots and Greek forward Greg Foussas chipped in with 8 personal in that spell. Five of Fury’s 9 players were under 20yrs showing the commitment the club have made to their rising stars.
Fury Headcoach told Heraldsport – “ While both teams were not at full strength this was a very positive performance from our players. Our players did not go into the game as well prepared as we have been for a number of reasons and during the game we had to deal with a number of injuries. Our training was back to its usual high standard this week and with our Futures players winning their first game in the D2 Mens league – essentially a development league I am happy the way the team is shaping up this season after significant changes”.
Fury now play Glasgow University away from home in the quarter finals of the Cup .
This Saturday sees the team again on the road when they travel to Glasgow to face the Rocks – Scottish National League team at 10.45am.


Photos of Scott, Keith & Craig courtesy of Alex Johnston

FURY WOMAN MAKING PROGRESS DESPITE LOSS

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 50 EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY 71
Scottish National League – Senior Woman
Tied at the end of the first quarter Fury’s woman's team had played some of their best basketball of the season after getting out to a 9-4 lead forcing the students Dutch coach to call an early time out. Shannon Flippard hit Fury’s first points of the game – a long three . Jenna Beattie hit a pair of two’s with Kim Flockhart adding a lay-up on the break. After the time-out Fury inserted former Scotland Junior Hannah Murray and she gave the Falkirk side a real boost with 3 play conversions next to the basket. While the first ended tied at 18 apiece and Chloe Lodge opened the second brightly with a three, the Clark Eriksson side could not match that opening quarter scoring and costly errors in straightforward opportunities saw them trail by 7 at the half. Kim Flockhart opened the third for the home side with a long three and points by Fury’s inside players kept them in touch in a 15-11 University quarter. But it was the final period that saw the students pull clear despite a late run by Fury as they trapped in the half court bringing the game to almost single figures. Scotland International Laura Nimmo had 7 personal in that period but a disputed end line call gave the University a key possession that they converted to a three and put Fury too far behind in the closing minutes. Nimmo top scored on 11 with all of Fury’s team getting on the scoresheet.
Fury woman face League pacesetters, Edinburgh Kool Kats in the Scottish Cup this Saturday at the Mariner at 1.50pm and spectators are welcome – the match will be followed by u16 and u18 Division 1 matches as Fury mens teams face Boroughmuir Blaze.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

FURY CADET MEN GO JOINT TOP IN DIV 1

Clark Eriksson Fury Cadet Men took their 4th win in 5 league games this season to go joint top of Scotland’s top under 16 men's league. The 80-67 win over Glasgow Rens puts Fury on top with Glasgow City. 

Coach Neil Connell was able to run his whole squad in the 13 point win that saw Scotland Internationals Alex Hall with 33, Mitchell Stirling on 17 and Ben McGinley on 15. The young Fury side can only improve as the season goes on and with a major off court input into their program as the season progresses the players will look to develop their athletic and physical abilitie

FURY JUNIOR MEN WIN IN GLASGOW


Scottish Champions Fury have had a poor start to the season as they attempt back to back Division 1 titles in the Scottish League but a 60-26 win over Glasgow Rens that saw Fury’s Lithuanian Eddy Leginus hit 29 has put them back in the title race. Holding Rens to single figures in three of the four quarters a 25-6 final period put the game beyond doubt. Ali McDermid chipped in with 11. The juniors also will look to added strength and conditioning programs to improve their season performances.
FURY STAY TOP OF THE CLASS WITH UNI WIN
Clark Eriksson FURY 72 Edinburgh Uni. 60
Scottish MENS National Basketball League
Scottish Champions FURY had to dig deep as Edinburgh University produced a strong first half to lead 38-30. However, roared on by the usual large home support Fury took control in the third as they produced some of their best basketball of the season to lead by 5 going into the final quarter in a commanding 22-9 period. Fury kept the pressure on by extending their lead to as much as 16 before finishing 12 clear. Fury’s starting 5 produced big performances at various points in the match with Scott Russell keeping the Falkirk side in the game with 13 personal in that poor first half and top scoring on 19. Jonny Bunyan had 18 with brother Keith on 16. Walter Lubeigt found his scoring form in the fourth period with 10 personal in a 12 point game haul. Greg Foussas while not 100% fit was again key throughout and off the bench Richard Thorpe, Ben Chok and Craig Malcolm played key roles. Malcolm had his best game for Fury men with a solid display at both ends of the floor.
The win keeps Fury in top spot in the league with St.Mirren the only other side who remain unbeaten.

Photos courtesy of Alex Johnson.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 72 TAYSIDE 60

Scottish National League – Division 1 – Cadet Men
22 points from Alex Hall and 21 from pg Ben McGinley were the big numbers in Fury’s third win from 4 starts in this seasons Division 1 campaign. Fury continue to produce key wins in what was seen as a development year for 12 of the 15 players squad who can play next season! Mitchell Stirling chipped in with 11 and thoughts are now that this side could come close to the Fury squad of 8 seasons ago who dominated under age basketball for 4 seasons.

FURY U16 BOYS RACE TO 3 - 4 WITH TAYSIDE WIN

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 72 TAYSIDE 60

Scottish National League – Division 1 – Cadet Men

22 points from Alex Hall and 21 from pg Ben McGinley were the big numbers in Fury’s third win from 4 starts in this seasons Division 1 campaign. Fury continue to produce key wins in what was seen as a development year for 12 of the 15 players squad who can play next season! Mitchell Stirling chipped in with 11 and thoughts are now that this side could come close to the Fury squad of 8 seasons ago who dominated under age basketball for 4 seasons.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

FURY CADETTE WOMAN ADVANCE IN CUP

20 points from Ciara Martin saw Fury’s U16 womans team advance to the next round of the Scottish Cup after an 82-23 win over a very young Sooth Lanarkshire Colliers team.


FURY CADET MEN went 2 from 3 for the season with a win in Troon and 35 points from Alex Hall , but the JUNIOR MEN lost by 4 in a tight finish also against Troon.

FURY “KINGS” IN VITAL TITLE MATCH

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 80 EDINBURGH KINGS 70

Fury took a key league win at the Mariner SC and now go 4-0 for the season with rivals Kings now on 2 losses. Greek forward Greg Foussas was unstoppable for the Champions with 28. Keith Bunyan had all his 21 pts in what was a superb first half for him. Jonny Bunyan playing his 3rd game in 3 days hit 15. Fury led throughout and by as much as 22 at one point in the final period. The win maintains the Falkirk side at the top of the league with St.Mirren

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

CADETS REIGN IN 52 PT WIN AS CHAMPIONS LOSE

Clark Eriksson Fury Junior Men lost their first National League game in over a season with a first game loss to Dunfermline Reign in Fife 67 to 46.
The National League holders were 20-1 down before they picked up their game but could not stop the home side taking the match despite getting back to within 3 at one point.
But it was a dream start for Fury u16 Boys with a 52 point win over Reign. The 86-34 scoreline was achieved with Fury having 9 cadets in their line-up from last season’s u14 double championship winning side – definitely a great sign for the next two seasons!
Top scorers for the Cadets were – Mitchell Stirling on 18, Alex Hall on 17 and Ben McGinlay on 14.


Photo of Mitchell Stirling from last season.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

FURY – TRUST CAMPS REACH OUT TO 250 PLAYERS

Clark Eriksson Fury and Falkirk Community Trust put on 11 Summer Basketball Camps in July and August and as a result had over 250 PLAYERS take part, a record for the Falkirk camps.
In partnership with Fury BC- Falkirk Community Trust set up 6 summer camps – two for 5-7 year olds which drew maximum nos of 20 at each camp; two 8-11yr old camps which drew max nos of 30 at each camp and two 12-16 year old camps which again were full at 20 per camp. The camps saw Fury players and coaches take the developing players and a great deal of future talent was on show.
Fury held their own team camps of which their were 4 separate camps , two for their 5 development squads and two for their National League men and womans programs. Guest coaches included Glasgow Rocks Pro assistant Ross Hutton and athletic development coach David Cooper. The Fury players worked hard all week in preparation for the new season.
The Summer camps were completed when a once a week drop in session was held for those over 16yrs and this proved a great success with an average of 20 players attending the game based sessions.
Fury Headcoach John Bunyan who organized the camp programs commented “ I have never seen such a huge amount of players at our camps and everyone had potential – we are working hard with Falkirk Community Trust at present to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to play basketball and the best chance possible to develop to our Development Squads and ultimately to our National League teams where they have an opportunity to play against the best players in Scotland and be one of the best players in Scotland! 

Basketball has a fantastic pathway – we had once gain 20 players playing for their country from Ellis Walker at 10yrs to Jonny and Laura playing for the Senior International teams – camps was a key to their success and the club will continue to use them as a vehicle to develop players”.

Monday, 4 August 2014

FRASER & MALCOLM ARE EURO NO 1’S

CLARK ERIKSSON FURY have in fact had the top scorer in Euro B twice in the last 4 years!!
While Fury fans celebrated Fraser Malcolm’s stunning performances in this season’s Euro B – one of the club’s former stars ALI FRASER in 2010 when the Scots finished 14th was also the competitions top scorer!!!
Fraser was in the top ten of no fewer than 11 individual stats and was no 1 in 5 of the categories!!! Fraser’s points per game was an impressive 20.6 with double figure scoring in all of his teams 8 games. Fraser hit 33 against Luxembourg and 29 against Portugal and had 3 double –doubles . 
FRASER OR MALCOLM – EURO BEST ??
It’s an incredible stat that our club has twice in the past 4 seasons produced the leading scorer in a competition of the standard the European B Championships!! 

GO FURY!