Basketball is back!

Pic Michael Gillen 25/06/10.  FALKIRK. John Bunyan, Jonny Bunyan, Ali Fraser and David Oliver basketball scholarships.
Pic Michael Gillen 25/06/10. FALKIRK. John Bunyan, Jonny Bunyan, Ali Fraser and David Oliver basketball scholarships.
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Clark Eriksson Fury start their new campaign when the senior men step onto court at the Mariner Centre with Glasgow Uni tomorrow (Friday).

Last season the Falkirk team fell just one point from taking the Scottish Mens National League title despite sharing games with eventual winners, the Edinburgh Kings.

But it was Friday’s opponents – the multi national University team who gave Fury the most problems throughout the season.

A tight win at home by Fury in game one was followed by shock first round cup loss – a bitter blow as Fury were defending the cup. That was followed later in the season by a one-point loss away from home to the students in Glasgow – a loss that cost Fury the league championship.

For the first time in two seasons the Clark Eriksson sponsored team will not have an American in their line-up, instead, Fury will rely on mainly home grown talent with Jonny Bunyan returning to the Falkirk team’s line-up, joined at guard spot by former Fury star Scott Russell.

Fury have Scotland under-23 Bryan Munnoch and former pro Keith Bunyan in possivbly the strongest backcourt in the country. And with two 6ft 10’ centres in Roni Gordon and Stuart McKay the inside game will be storng too.

As well as a huge amount of experience, Fury also have the energy of youth with Scotland juniors – Euan Cameron, Daniel Chok and Connor Rankin in the team.

Fury’s headcoach John Bunyan is optimistic and told Heraldsport: “This is as strong a squad as we have had.

“I like the fact that so many of the players can do so many different things. Greg Foussas for example can actually play all five spots which is very unusual, Walter Lubeigt as well as being a great scorer is a fantastic defender who can guard much smaller athletic players.

“We will play uptempo with players like Jonny, Bryan, Euan and our younger players which teams will find difficult to contend with.”