Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
CLARK ERIKSSON FURY BC wish the many connected with our organisation a great 2013 and here are some of the many highlights from 2012.
FURY 2012 HIGHLIGHT REEL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE TOP TWENTY !!!!!!!
200 p6/ p7 boys and girls compete at Grangemouth SC in the SSF/Rocks – Fury/Active schools JUMP2IT regional finals – Comely park, Kinnaird, Laurieston and St. Margarets qualify for final 4 in Glasgow in February where St. Margarets take the Falkirk title
Fury celebrate 20 years in Scottish basketball and during that time have gone from 1 to 12 teams competing in national and regional basketball
RJM SPORTS / SPALDING
Fury sign 3 year deal with local Falkirk sports shop RJM Sports and Spalding USA to become the first club in the UK to be sponsored by the American giants of basketball
11-12 SEASON FINISHES
Fury men finish runners-up in all 3 major Scottish competitions – the league –cup and play-offs – the JM lose the play-off finals by a point as do the u12's in the east/central regional leagues where fury's u16 boys take the title on the back off a 30 point performance from Lithuanian Eddy Leginus
FURY IN FRANCE
An end of season invite to France saw Fury's junior men play a series of tough games in Guipavas, Brest, at the Gars Du Ruen International Club Tournament. Fury were the first British side to have played in the competition which included sides from Germany and Serbia.
SCOTLAND MEN V THE AULD ENEMY
Current and former Fury stars Ali Fraser, Jonny Bunyan and Scott Russell represent Scotland Men in a challenge match against England on BBL Cup final day.
Neil Connell is voted East/Central Coach of the Year and John Bunyan is awarded trophy for "Outstanding Contribution" to Falkirk Active Schools in 2012
COLONIAL BASKETBALL USA
Fraser Malcolm is selected for International Colonials team in Boston USA – plays 24 games in North American tour
Fury are well represented in Scotland's National teams throughout a summer of European competition –
U12 boys – Ben McGinley – Sweden (all star 5)
U13 boys – Owen Martin – Sweden
U13 girls – Emma Norval, (all star 5)
Carmen Tran – Sweden
U14 boys – Daniel Tran – MVP – home internationals, Edinburgh v England and Ireland
U14 girls – Kara McCormack h/I – Edinburgh
U15 girls – Laura Young, Sarah Beattie, Emma Straiton – San Marino
U15 boys – Eddy Leginus – Denmark (MVP)
U16 girls – Shannon Flippard - Gibraltar
U16 boys – Fraser Malcolm – Gibraltar
U18 girls – Ailie Gardiner – Macedonia
U18 boys – Ben Chok, Craig Malcolm – Sarajavo
SW – Former fury stars – Gillian Baird and Mairi Buchan – Macedonia
SM- Scott Russell – San Marino
GREAT BRITAIN BASKETBALL
-Former Fury star Kieron Achara selected for team GB men's team and top scores v China with 16 points as GB take a historic first Olympic win
-Former Fury star Ali Fraser top scores for GB U20 team in Euro B in Sofia averaging 20pts per game and hitting 37 against Belgium the highest individual points tally for a Scot in Euro bball
-Mairi Buchan makes final 20 of GB women's squad
-Jonny Bunyan named reserve in GB U20 men's-squad
VICKY IS TOP TABLE OFFICIAL
Fury's Vicky McFarlane is selected to officiate at the London Paralympics games
Jonny Bunyan completes first season as pro in BBL with Glasgow Rocks and produces some key performances – he re signs for 12-13 as does Kieron Achara for short term before signing in Greece
Fury run 5 basketball camps throughout the summer with over 200 players attending – development and team camps and coaches from the USA and pro Rocks team in attendance
FURY IN FALKIRK HERALD TOP 100 SPORTSTARS
A unique local poll sees Swimming legend Bobby McGregor – World Champion and Olympian take the no 1 slot as Falkirk's top sports star of all time – making it into the top 100 were 5 fury players/officials with headcoach John Bunyan at 41 , Olympian Kieron Achara at 51 , former pro Keith Bunyan at 64, GB and US star Mairi Buchan at 70 and GB and US star Ali Fraser at 99. The magical team Solripe, Bobby Kinzer and coach Kevin Cadle were all highly placed also making 8 bball entries – a great representation in local sport
MEGHAN PLUMMER – A TRIO OF ACHIEVEMENT
Fury junior and table official Meghan Plummer is selected for Scotland's Young People's Sports Panel; is a key member of Larbert High School's winning – Scottish Sports School of the year and is selected for UK coach mentor course in Loughborough
FURY HOST US KIMBALL UNION
In the summer of 2012 Fury hosted Jonny Bunyan's US Prep School team – Kimball Union – A packed Mariner saw Fury Men defeat the talented youngsters 110 -101. The Kimball side included basketball legend Danny Ainge's son – crew.
September sees Fury's Kim Bunyan marry Kings centre Simon Flockhart. The wedding at the Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh saw a truce called on the Fury – Kings rivalry!
LARBERT HIGH TAKE SCOTTISH SPORTS TITLE
3 Fury stars – Fraser Malcolm, Holly Moffat and Meghan Plummer were 3 of the 4 pupils on stage with their School head to receive a top National award – the Sunday Mail/ Sportscotland award for the top Sports School in Scotland. Fury BC are also part what is recognised as one – if not the best sports community hub in Scotland which runs at Larbert High School.
FALKIRK HIGH SCHOOL LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Fury coaches John Bunyan and Jen Gallacher are key players in Falkirk high school's new school of basketball where 15 first year pupils receive 5 training sessions per week. The basketball, which includes sessions before the school day starts sees the 15 also work on off court and school work together. The 12 boys form an S1 school team which has already reached the latter stages of the Scottish schools competition – sponsorship from RJM sports and Spalding are other parts of the initiative.
FURY HIGHLIGHTS OF SEASON 12-13 SO FAR
- CLARK ERIKSSON ASSOCIATES – pledge
Another season of support to Fury basketball making it a massive 15 years of a partnership that has seen the Falkirk company help all the players/officials either simply play/officiate/coach for the club, their country , Great Britain or begin careers/school/college connected with basketball – Clark Eriksson associates with director Jim Toner and his company, colleagues have the longest sponsorship of any basketball club in Scotland , an outstanding contribution to local sport in the community!
- Sarah Beattie hits 40 points in cadet win in highland
- Nikoline Laidlaw hits 32 points and grabs 23 rebounds in JW win over Polonia
-Jonny Bunyan and Kieron Achara share 50 points , 29 and 21 against Glasgow Uni as Fury finish 11-0 in first half of season
- Fury reach 3 of the 6 national semi-finals – the SM,JM and CW but its defeats in them all with the CW losing by a single point to favourites the Rocks
- Fury shine in development leagues with all 5 teams challenging for top spots
- jump2it program in 12-13 sees Bankier, Moray, St. Francis and Maddiston primary schools reach final 4 due to be played at the rocks emirates arena this month
HOPE YOU ENJOYED LOOKING BACK ON 2012 – COULD NOT GET ALL THE GREAT WORK THAT IS DONE FROM PLAYERS –COACHES –FANS-SPONSORS –OFFICIALS CONNECTED WITH THE CLUB BUT HUGE THANKS AND ALL THE BEST TO ALL IN 2013
- Fury continue to be well represented abroad with Kieron Achara, Ali Fraser, Mairi Buchan, Katrina Laidlaw and David Anderson all playing in Europe or the US
- Fury start futures team with 10 of their best 17-20year old men's players
- Fury are presented with a signed LA Lakers basketball – Kobe Bryant and all -courtesy of Scott Bryson and his north American colonials side – this will be a key item in fury's 21st birthday celebrations in 2013.
- Former fury favorite – Erik Olson – the US shooting guard who took Fury to their Scottish cup title of three seasons ago has been appointed headcoach of FSU in Iceland and is also the academy director – Olson had a spell in Australia after his term with Fury
- In national squads to date Fury have 9 players selected to represent Scotland with squads at a number of age groups still to be selected
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
With Fury senior men defeating Stirling Knights 96-53 , Fury u16 men defeating Tayside 56-38 and despite the u18 team losing to Tayside 86-66, the Clark Eriksson sponsored club now top the Senior Mens League, lie second in the Division 1 Cadet Mens League and 3rd in the Division 1 Junior Mens League - a 1-2-3 with almost half the season complete that make Fury the best club overall in Scottish Mens basketball standings and the only one with teams in the top three of all leagues.
Fury’s cadet men now hold second spot in the National League on their own after a convincing win in Arbroath against Tayside Musketeers. An 18 point win saw the Falkirk side always in control and 31 points from Fury’s Lithuanian phenom Eddy Leginus was the cornerstone for the win. A double double from Scotland International Ali McDermidd with 12 points and 16 rebounds reflected a great personal game for the athletic forward.
Fury’s junior men dropped to third in the league with a 20 point loss to the Musketeers. Still a single figure game in the fourth Fury stayed close but could not hold on down the stretch to the home side. Connor Martin and Fraser Malcolm top scored on 20 points apiece for Fury but it was from the free throw line that Fury failed to make an impression going an incredibly bad 1 from 14. Down 15 at the half the Clark Eriksson side reduced the gap to 6 going in to the final stanza but were unable to maintain this momentum.
Fury woman lost 64-49 against league leaders the Glasgow Rocks but were in contention literally until the final minute. Despite a solid 71% from the free throw line and outrebounding the Rocks with 33 boards, Fury committed 20 turnovers many unforced and allowed the Rocks to maintain an early first quarter lead. Pressure defence by Fury meant they stayed in touch and with 13 points from Laura Nimmo they had a player who never allowed the Rocks to rest.
Fury junior woman lost 70-53 but this is hard to understand given Fury took an incredible 53 boards to the Rocks 33 and shot a stunning 81% from the line – 17 from 21 ! So were did Fury go wrong? Leading at the half after a superb opening quarter and a solid second Fury suddenly went into freefall with a shocking 27% from the field compared to the Rocks 54%. With star point guard Shannon Flippard in foul trouble, the Falkirk side struggled to direct their offence and with foul trouble also taking its toll Fury lost their grip and the Rocks ran out double figure winners. Nikoiline Laidlaw was superb with 25 points and 12 boards with former Scotland star Emma Murray showing a great return to form after injury with 12 points and 10 boards. Flippard also chipped in with 12.
The cadette woman went down 60-50 with Scotland International leading the way with 26. A tight game saw Fury suffer from a poor third quarter and despite staying close in the fourth the Rocks on their home court were just too good. Kara McCormack had a great defensive display and Lisa Carlow continued her good form at both ends of the floor. Emma Straiton chipped in with 10 but this was once again a game that Fury should have done better.
Week-end matches –
Saturday is full of basketball action at the Mariner with the Cadette Woman opening the 4 game bonanza at 1.50pm against Highland. The u16 and u18 Mens Division 1 matches follow against Troon and at 7.20 pm the Senior Woman have a late night affair against the capital’s Pentland Star – spectators welcome.
Clark Eriksson Fury 96 Stirling Knights 53
SCOTTISH NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE – SENIOR MEN
Clark Eriksson Fury Senior Men retained their top of the table spot with a convincing win over near neighbours the Stirling Knights. An impressive opening spell saw the Falkirk side take an 11 point lead. Centre Roni Gordon was the first to put points on the board and with 4 free throws from Jonny Bunyan and Scott Rusell all converted, a long range 3 from captain Keith Bunyan and a solid inside play from Frenchman Walter Lubeigt taking the score to 11-0, the home side were forced to call a time out to stop the Fury offensive machine. A further basket from Lubeigt and three straight 2 point plays from what would be the games top scorer – Jonny Bunyan , Fury had made a great start. 22 points followed in the second stanza from the Clark Eriksson sponsored side with Richard Thorpe stealing the show with 17 consecutive points of the 22, that including 4 threes. Half time saw the scoreline at 41-21 and a 20 point Fury lead. While Thorpe had been in fine form, Fury were not at their very best and a more fired up team saw them take the Knights apart with a 33-13 third quarter and a 40 point lead going in to the final period. Kieth and Jonny Bunyan hit early threes with Thorpe making his 5th of the night and then a string of violations by the home side saw Fury rack up 10 consecutive free throws and Rocks pro player, Jonny Bunyan hit a half way line shot right on the third quarter buzzer to give him a 16 point quarter. Bunyan only played a couple of minutes more at the start of the final spell adding a further three and two more free throws to bring his ally to 29 before sitting out the rest of the game. Indeed the Fury side ran their entire bench in that last quarter with teenagers Ross Gibson and Craig Malcolm putting points on the board during this spell.
This was a game that was literally over in the opening when Fury went out to their 11 point lead and were never challenged by a Knights side that struggled to contain Fury’s multi talented side.
With 29 points Jonny Bunyan led the Falkirk side, hitting 14 from 16 free throws for a 87% average, 4 from 5 from two point range and 3 from 5 from 3 point range and with no turnovers this was a very solid performance from the 20 year old. Richard Thorpe with that sensational second quarter tear of 17 consecutive points rounded up his total to 20 in what has been his best performance of the season. Walter Lubeigt was also once again a key player for Fury and is having one of his best season’s ever for the Clark Eriksson side. Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport “ There were some great individual performances and some not so good. The reality is we played
excellent team basketball when it mattered, in particular that 11-0 run at the start of the match really killed off the Knights chances and we stepped up our game in the third with that 33-13 scoreline and I was happy the way our players off the bench performed in the final period, in fact all our 12 players scored in the game. Clearly there were some great individual performances with Jonny, Richard and Walter playing great basketball. We lead the Kings with now only a 5 point for and against basket difference and we remain with
the Kings the only undefeated teams in the league. The match against Troon on Friday, who sit third after defeating St.Mirren will be our toughest to date and with the Kings the following week – both home matches this will be an 8 day spell that could very well decide the league. I hope there will be as many fans as we had in our epic game against St.Mirren a couple of weeks ago as there was no doubt the noise really helped us pull through that match”.
8-19 13-22 13-33 19-22
Jonny Bunyan 29
Richard Thorpe 20
Scott Russell 8
Keith Bunyan 6
Craig Malcolm 6
Roni Gordon 6
Walter Lubeigt 6
Ross Munnoch 4
Greg Foussas 4
Bryan Munnoch 2
Ross Gibson 2
Daniel Chok 1
THIS FRIDAY FURY MEN PLAY TROON TORNADOES AT THE MARINER SC TIP OFF IS 8PM
SPECTATORS WELCOME ADMISSION FROM 7.45PM
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Clark Eriksson Fury u18 82 St.Mirren 48
Scottish National League Division 1 Junior Men
Clark Eriksson Fury U18 AND U16 Mens teams made it a great treble of Scottish National League wins and boosted their own league positions.
The junior men saw their 82-48 win at home against Saints confirm their second placed spot in Division1. 16 year old Fraser Malcolm was the games top scorer on 33 points and the 6ft 5” forward who earlier in the year played for the International Colonials team in Boston USA showed why he is such a great prospect with a variety of baskets and some great defence. Malcolm was not the only Fury player to shine in what was a great team performance. 17 year old Scotland Junior Ben Chok played his best game of the season with some excellent post play and nice perimeter shooting. Chok has clearly the best post plays in the league and his increased bulk has taken him to a higher level near the basket. The season’s top scorere Connor Martin had to be content with 16 points as Fury coach Keith Bunyan gave his bench extended minutes against one of the weakest St.Mirren junior teams seen in years. That does not take away from the fine Fury performance, Saints do sit mid table but Fury were a cut above the Paisley side not just in individual play but also team play. Fury’s trapping defence forced turnover after turnover and their set plays were well executed. 6ft 8” centre Rory Wilson came off the bench and made a great contribution showing his development is moving well with Kenny Makustra, Lewis Bryce and Ian Rooney making solid contributions. The coaching team of Keith Bunyan and former Panathinaikos player Greg Foussas has given Fury a real prospect of a junior title this season but they face their biggest test to date this Saturday in Arbroath when they face the team above them – the Tayside Musketeers. Fury will need to be solid at the guard spot, continue their uptempo style and take advantage of their better inside game.
Scottish National League Division 1 Cadet Men
A shaky start – a feature of Fury’s under 16 team saw them come from behind to take a deserved win over their Paisley rivals, Sitting second in the table, the Falkirk side knew a win was a must against a mid table St.Mirren side if they were to keep their title challenge on track. High scoring Lithuanian Eddy Leginus, Fury’s outstanding cadet prospect struggled to find his form in the first half and Fury generally failed to find any kind of rhythm as Saints clearly felt they could provide an upset at the Mariner.
It was not until the second half that Leginus and Fury got going and took what turned out to be the lead for good in the third quarter. Leginus hit 21 of his 25 points in the second half with Scotland colleague Ali McDermidd on 16. Daniel Tran who still has a further year at cadet had a impressive display with 15 points. Ryan Weir produced some solid basketall of the bench with bigs Thomas Hunter and Lewis Bell coming good also in the second half. Coaches Neil Connell and Bryan Munnoch will need to look at the team starting more positively when it comes to key top of the table clashes as there is little doubt there is a title in this group of players also.
Like the juniors the cadets are in Arbroath this week-end – always a team who play much better on their home court2
CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 103 ST.MIRREN 97 Scottish National Basketball League Senior Men
In one of the highest recorded aggregate scores in the history of Scottish Basketball, Fury produced a stunning finish to edge out their Paisley rivals and stay top of the Senior Mens National League. A sell out crowd , who were one of the key factors in this win, produced a barrage of noise for almost the entire fourth quarter with the game poised at 79 apiece.
It was a combination of experience and youth that saw Fury’s Bunyan brothers net over half the Falkirk sides points between them with 20 year old Jonny Bunyan scoring 28 and 35yr old brother veteran Keith hitting 24 points. The current and former pro players were in unstoppable form and on the night their teammates also came to the shooting party with Frenchman Walter Lubeigt and guard Scott Russell key figures in the 103 point haul. Greek forward Greg Foussas produced the defensive performance of the game when he eventually shut down the games top scorer, Saints Nick Collins.
With Saints already having lost to the Kings and Blaze, their chances in the league very much depended on getting a result at the Mariner. The last time the two teams had met was in last season’s Scottish Cup Final when the Saints pulled off , what was too many a shock win over the Clark Eriksson sponsored side as Fury had taken both the season’s league encounters. An early Scottish Cup exit this season by holders St.Mirren –courtesy of the Edinburgh Kings last month meant Saints focus was now the league. An exciting start saw both teams finding the net early with Saints in particular showing their shooting touch was definitely on. Saints like Fury and indeed the Kings boost a Headcoach with two of their sons in the starting line-ups and 20yr old Fraser Glass lit it up early with 3 threes in the opening stanza. Fury’s Keith Bunyan replied with two of his game total 7 threes in that period, but it was solid team basketball that kept Fury in touch in that hot Saints start. 28-26 Saints led at the end of the first and if the pace could continue the 200 point barrier was sure to be broken. The second spell saw Keith Bunyan and Richard Thorpe share 4 more threes and Lubeigt and Russell produce some great plays that gave Fury the edge in the second and a 1 point half time lead at 52-51. The crowd were now sensing that this was to be a special match and the third proved no different from the opening two quarters with Saints edging it 28-7 to tie the game. Captain Keith Bunyan hit a further 2 threes in this phase with Jonny Bunyan starting to move his game up a gear with 11 personal. The final quarter saw a tense and exciting conclusion with the crowd bringing Fury home. Local Real Radio DJ Ewan Cameron was among the 300 fans who were really getting behind their team and bringing the noise levels to new heights in the Mariner. The one constant for Saints in the first three periods had been Nick Collins, one of an incredible 18 Scotland Internationals who were part of both teams. Collins as usual had been deadly around the key and had amassed an incredible 28 points in the first three quarters despite various defensive efforts to stop him. But with the game still in the balance and 8 minutes to play Fury coach John Bunyan deployed a much used Fury tactic of box and one defence on Collins, in other words 4 players playing a box zone with one players playing man to man on Collins and it was Greek Greg Fossas, recognized as Fury’s best defender who was given the role of closing Collins down. The frustrating defence saw Collins score only 4 more points and Fury’s Lubeigt, Russell, Jonny and Keith Bunyan continue to add to their totals. Lubeigt and Keith Bunyan with his 7th three got the early points with Jonny Bunyan nailing 7 free throws down the stretch. But it was crucial back to back driving lay-ups from the tenacious Russell that broke Saints in the final minutes and took Fury clear to a dramatic 6 point win.
Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport – “ This was probably the finest game ever in the Mariner, the standard of execution from both sides was exceptional, both sets of players were actually playing in the main strong defence but the finishing from all on court was superb and what an advert for Scottish basketball. No one present would not want to come back to another match and we have the players to praise for that. The game was played in a very sporting manner and with stats like 53% from the field , 18 assists and only 9 turnovers we know we played as a team throughout. Our free throws were very poor in the first half and we could have had a decent lead at the half if we had executed at the line like we did in the second half. Keith continues to be in great form from behind the arc and Jonny got 28 points from a variety of ways that makes it difficult for teams to close him down. Scott finished the game with two great baskets and Walter had his best game of the season at both ends of the floor. The other players we used Roni Gordon, Richard Thorpe, Bryan Munnoch and Stu McKay played their part with Greg really stepping up and many would say his contribution won the game for us- a key win that keeps us on top, ahead of the Kings on basket difference which could be relevant at the end of the season. I would ask all the fans who were at what may have been a record attendance against Saints to come to the Peak in Stirling this Friday when we play the Stirling Knights – they are in good form and it should be an exciting match. Our fans were one of the key elements in our win and we want that same support this Friday”
This Friday at the Peak Leisure Centre in Stirling Fury play the Knights with an 8pm tip.
SCORERS V ST.MIRREN
JONNY BUNYAN 28
KEITH BUNYAN 24
WALTER LUBEIGT 17
SCOTT RUSSELL 15
RONI GORDON 8
RICHARD THORPE 6
BRYAN MUNNOCH 3
STUART MCKAY 2
QUARTER SCORES 26-28 26-23 27-28 24-18
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Fury’s under age woman saw the u16 girls in action also in Inverness against Highland and it was a one woman show with the talented Scotland International Sarah Beattie scoring 40 of the teams points in their 86-71 win. Beattie was unstoppable as she scored on Highland at will and was well supported by he teammates. In particular centre Emma Paterson had a solid game with guard Vicky Gray continuing to show what a key signing she was at the start of the season. Gray a talented football player is capable of excellent defence and is further developing her offensive skills. Youngsters Emma Norval and Cara McCormack produced valuable minutes and while Beattie was in a league of her won this was a great team win without starting guard Laura Young and showed that Fury may well still have an interest in the league title. Both the cadettes and juniors are away to Polonia this week-end.
For full details of Fury’s league campaigns visit the Basketball-Scotland website and click on National League where scores, fixtures and more can be seen
Fury’s Junior and Cadet men faced Highland in Inverness in their respective Division 1 matches and with two wins Fury stay in second spot in these leagues. A 61-54 Junior Mens win saw Connor Martin maintain his fantastic scoring form. 26 points from the athletic Martin is his season average and shows what a stand out Scotland candidate he is. Internationals Fraser Malcolm and Ben Chok had 14 and 13 respectively and it was Fury’s pressing game that eventually proved too much for the North of Scotland side. In the u16 match Fury were always in control and Scotland star Ali McDermidd shone above the rest with a 35 point tally in the 76-57 win. Despite being a two key players down, Fury’s bench stepped up, none more so than 14yr old Alex Hall – an outrageous omission from last season’s U13 Scotland team. Hall a very strong player for his age, showed his potential for Fury and Scotland at u12 and continues to be one of the country’s best in his age group. On Saturday afternoon at the Mariner the cadets and juniors play St.Mirren – tips at 1.50 and 3.40 for the juniors – spectators welcome.
In a week-end that saw Fury Basketball Club play a total of 12 games – 5 in the Scottish National League and 7 in the Regional Development Leagues , the Falkirk side produced an incredible 11 wins.
National League Round-Up
Fury Woman got their second win of the season with a closely fought out match in the capital against new team in the League Pentland Star. With no quarter being given by either side the game went to the final seconds with Fury taking the points in a 55-50 scoreline. 18 year old point guard Ailie Gardiner produced her best game off the season with a 20 point performance that included 4 threes. Down a point at the end of the first Fury fought back and led at the half 29-24 with forward Laura Nimmo and Gardiner leading the Falkirk scorers. The third saw Kim Bunyan make back to back baskets and produce some great assists that kept Fury ahead going into the final period. Jenna Beattie another former Fury junior in her second year at senior was finding her touch and with a not 100% fit Jen Gallacher and 16 year old Nikoline Laidlaw keeping the inside offence and defence going, Fury held on for a 6 point win with Beattie getting two of the final three baskets. While the shooting percentage’s were again low – a feature of womans basketball for all clubs in Scotland this season, the win pushed Fury to second spot in the table and this Sunday face up to undefeated league leaders Polonia in the capital.
CLARK ERIKSSON FURY 87 GLASGOW ROCKS 67
Scottish National Basketball League Senior Men
Fury had to pull on all their experience in the final quarter of this match that many had seen as a formality for the league leaders. Tied at 62 apiece with only a couple minutes left in the third quarter, Fury despite an 11 point half time lead had failed to shake off the challenge of a much improved Rocks side and it was only till the final 4 minutes of the match that they finally broke the Rocks resolve. In a fairly high scoring opening quarter the home side edged Fury 26-22 with Fury point guard Jonny Bunyan sharing 18 of these first quarter points with Scott Russell. Bunyan who plays for the Rocks pro team and Russell a former member of the pro Rocks were clearly not keen to go down to the Rocks second string outfit. A second quarter scoring frenzy by the Clark Eriksson sponsored side saw them hit 29 points and hold the Glasgow side to 14 producing a 21 point turnaround. That second stanza had seen Fury play better team basketball with 6 of their team putting points on the board with Jonny Bunyan claiming 9 personal again. The third saw the Falkirk side’s scoring dry up as they failed to execute and allowed the Rocks to pull the match back to within 5 going in to the final period. Indeed the Rocks had produced a 22-11 run and tying the game at 62 apiece just before the end of the third. Even in the fourth the home side hung on and it was not until the final 4 minutes that Fury really moved up a gear and took the game to a 20 point difference by the final whistle. In that spell, centres Walter Lubeigt and Stu McKay proved too strong for the Rocks inside.
Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport “ The result flattered us and the Rocks will be disappointed that the final scoreline does not reflect the tough game they gave us. At the end of the day it’s the final scoreline that counts and I have to give credit to the players for pulling together, holding the Rocks to 4 points in that final period and playing some great defence which will always be a key in any win. We paid the penalty for not executing in the first and third and also allowed Rocks to dictate the game at times. We could have done a better job on the boards but overall our stats were decent. 50% shooting from the field, 82% from the line with Scott Russell hitting 10 from 11 personal at the line – a great individual stat. We had only 11 turnovers produced 13 steals and 19 assists which showed we had a solid team performance, sharing the ball and working for each other. Again we were a couple key players down but as our squad is so strong, unlike other teams who have players out it tends not to be mentioned and not such a factor. We now need to focus on playing St.Mirren on Friday. This will be our biggest test of the season. The match is at home so the fans will be key and with only the Kings and ourselves still unbeaten we need to keep the pressure on them with a win”
Fury scorers –
Jonny Bunyan 24
Scot Russell 20
Walter Lubeigt 14
Keith Buntan 11
Roni Gordon 11
Stuart McKay 4
Bryan Munnoch 4
Quarter Scores –
26-22 14-29 22-16 4-20
SCOTTISH NATIONAL LEAGUE TABLE – SENIOR MEN
POS CLUB PL WON PTS FOR AGAINST PTS
1. Clark Eriksson Fury BC 5 5 422 300 10
2. Edinburgh Kings BC 5 5 387 2899 10
Fury men play St.Mirren at the Mariner SC this Friday tip 8pm – spectators welcome.