Champions ease to road victory in Ayr

Falkirk Fury v Perth Phoenix'Scotland U-18 basketball play-off final'Pic by Alan Murray  29-03-14
Falkirk Fury v Perth Phoenix'Scotland U-18 basketball play-off final'Pic by Alan Murray 29-03-14
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A solid performance from the reigning Scottish Champions saw Fury move to 2-0 with Greek Greg Foussas top scoring with 18 points.

Jonny Bunyan had 10 and it was testimony to the new Fury side that even with six changes from game one against Tayside that Fury produced a convincing win.

Into the side came junior guard Eddy Leginus, former junior centre Rory Wilson and former Fury star Matt Hoffman who has had a spell out of National League basketball.

With starting guard Scott Russell, three point shooter Richard Thorpe and teenage centre Ross Gibson who started against Tayside all unavailable the team at Ayrshire showed the strength in depth of the Clark Eriksson side albeit now with a much younger group of players.

Ahead 17-10 at the end of the first quarter with 9 personal from Foussas, Fury increased their lead to 22 at the half with a 23-8 second stanza.

Fury poured in four three-point scores in that spell with eight points from captain Keith Bunyan and five from guard Bryan Munnoch.

The third period saw the scoring drop as the Clark Eriksson side held Troon to nine but only put 12 on the board themselves as three of their starters came out the game.

Fury’s final quarter saw a number of their younger players remain in the match as they racked up 23 points with Darren Leitch capping a fine game with eight personal. Guard Connor Martin also hit eight and 17 year-old Leginus getting four points in that final spell.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport “ To open our campaign with two wins means we have coped well with a considerable change in our line-up from last season.

“We have also recorded these wins without one of our starting guards – Scott Russell who has been a key player for the team in its championship winning seasons.

“Defensively we are still striving to set high standards and that will be tested in our game this week-end against Boroughmuir Blaze who opened with a win against our old rivals, the Edinburgh Kings. “