A 30 – 15 final quarter saw champions Fury remain undefeated and inflict a frightening final period on capital side Boroughmuir just a day after Halloween.
Current and former pro Rocks guards Jonny Bunyan and Scott Russell combined for 43 ( 20 and 23 ) as they dominated the game and ensured Fury, now the only undefeated side in the league, remained on course for back to back titles with a 90-62 win over their nearest rivals.
Blaze pushed their hosts all the way until a decisive final period swung the game, convincingly in Falkirk’s favour and even Blaze’s inadvertent attempts to outnumber the league champions with six men on-court didn’t help.
Veteran captain Keith Bunyan included four threes in his 16, a double double from Greek Greg Foussas 13 points and 11 rebounds, plus nine and 13 Walter Lubeigt illustrates how the Fury starting five is operating as an outstanding group.
With great bench contributions it was truly a team performance.
Blaze kept in touch mainly through some three-point shooting but their ability to press and break teams had no effect on the Falkirk side.
Fury shot down Blaze on a two to one ratio inside and dominated on the boards. Fury led from start to finish, 19-12 at the end of the first, and 38-31 at the half. Blaze still had an outside chance at 60-47 down going into the final period but it was then that the mental, physical and teamwork of Fury came to the fore with a crowd-pleasing 30-15 quarter.
Scott Russell scored at will as he racked up 16 points in front of the 300-capacity crowd in the Mariner and the Blaze seemed in a daze - even trying to outnumber the Fury in the final stages.
The win puts Fury five points clear at the top with StMirren now looking like the Falkirk side’s most likely challengers. If both sides keep on winning, the Paisley side can look to reverse the 10-point loss inflicted on them by Fury at the Mariner in what would be the title decider.
However Fury Headcoach John Bunyan was only looking at the next game – “ The win was big for us against Blaze and the magnitude of the win is important, if it’s down to Blaze and us at the end of the season and they beat us by 30 we don’t deserve to win the title again.
“What is important right now is we keep on playing as a team trying to involve all our players and show that having as strong a squad as we have is going to be an important factor for the remainder of the season.”
Meanwhile the Fury women take centre-stage this weekend as the only home game of the club’s National League sides.
The women play on Saturday with a 1.50p.m. tip against Aberdeen Uni in the Scottish Cup quarter finals. The Fury Junior and Cadet men resume their Division One title challenges with the Junior men play Glasgow Rens and the Cadets – Glasgow City.
The Junior and Cadette Fury women have Scottish Cup quarter final ties with the JW looking to repeat their league win over St.Mirren.
The cadette women take a trip north to Arbroath to meet the Tayside Musketeers. Coach Kim Bunyan will look to reverse the previous 16-point defeat by limiting the turn-overs.