Clark Eriksson Fury are the Scottish Senior Men’s League champions.
A 73-60 victory over reigning champions Edinburgh Kings at Portobello High School handed Fury the title in a pulsating game.
A 13-3 spell in the third quarter swung the game in the Falkirk side’s favour after an indifferent start to the game when they were punished by quick and potent breaks by the Kings.
But a marked improvement after a half-time get together with head coach John Bunyan sparked Fury into life and they swept to within a point of their rivals with ten minutes to go.
The Fury coach told Www.falkirkherald.co.uk: “It was a very tight game, and Jonny hit a couple of threes in the fourth quarter and that made the difference, but full credit to both teams because that was a really exceptional game of basketball considering what was on the line.
“It was very tight but everyone stuck together when we were down at the half and that got us back in the game in the third quarter and the guys really played well.
“At halftime I told them we’d been playing reasonably well at the end of the second quarter but just then we let things slip and let them in with a couple of carelsss passes and let Kings get transition, we had spoken about that and so we knuckled down in the third and really got the game back and in the fourth we made some big shots and even big Stu (McKay) made some big shots too. He had a fantastic game too. Roni (Gordon) coming back was great, with him spending valuable minutes on the court against Simon (Flockhart) and really all round it was a terrific team performance.
“Everyone outwith our own team’s fans say the Kings are the best team in the league, I think we disproved that. We have a lot of good players, experienced players, talented players and a lot of team spirit and that was clear today, we had to have it to come back like that.
“The league table doesn’t lie, it’s great.”
Bunyan was able to restore Roni Gordon to the Fury lineup after four months on the sidelines with a knee injury curried against the Kings in the earlier league win at The Mariner, and he was to prove a lucky omen.
Scott Russell drew the first points of the make or break encounter but Kings’ main threat Ed Rekis gave them a one point lead after being fouled in the. Jolting by Keith Bunyan. It was a lead the hosts and reigning league champions and Scottish cup holders would not relinquish until late in the third quarter.
Kings’ first half display was highlighted by fast breaks and some intelligent moves to the basket, but though the speed of the counter attack foiled Fury, it returned to haunt the Kings who tired in the second half, just as Fury found their stride.
While Kings took their chances, Fury did not. Three point shots failed to fall and fouls called on the defence gave ominous signs, but the Falkirk side remained in touch with their rivals, just.
The went in at the break Down, having slipped 11 points off the pace at one stage, but they made an excellent return, while the break knocked Kings off rhythm.
Jonny Bunyan and Scott Russell drove Fury on to a 13-3 spell which slice the Kings advantage and as the deficit decreased, Walter Lubeigt and even Stu McKay found frequent scoring easy to come by, and the momentum was al with Fury.
The lead eventually returned to their favour for the first time in over 30 minutes of basketball with. To go in the game when Scored.
A substantial visiting support roared , and though the home section responded as their team did, the resolve had been broken and Confidence oozed from Fury who swept into a lead which ultimately allowed captain Keith Bunyan to lift the league trophy with a 17-1 winning record.
Fury will meet the Kings again this Saturday in the BBL Challenge Shied at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. Tip off is 12 p.m, but before then, pick up your copy of The Falkirk Herald on Thursday for our Clark Eriksson Fury league championship special.