Touring Prep School team Kimball Union served up a keenly contested challenge match at the Mariner Sports Centre which saw Clark Eriksson Fury come home by nine points in a high scoring encounter.
Fury hosted the US team over their 4 day visit in Falkirk but showed no hospitality when it came to the matches between the sides. As well as the Challenge match between the sides the teams met again in a triangular competition with the Stirling Knights.
Fury point guard Jonny Bunyan won a scholarship to Kimball two seasons ago and he was a key player along with Scott Russell, Roni Gordon and former Fury star Ali Fraser now with Maine Blackbears.
But the real surprise of the night was the outstanding performance from 6ft 10” Cameron Buchan another former Fury star guesting for his old team.
Buchan also won a basketball scholarship to the States two seasons ago and is now a top rower – winning a Division 1 College scholarship for rowing at Northeastern University in Boston.
Buchan who had not touched a ball for over a year , came in off the bench and played superbly. However it was former Rocks pro Scott Russell who put the most points on the board with 33, followed by 26 from Fraser and 19 from Bunyan.
The following day in the 3 team challenge competition, again held at the Mariner, Scottish National League team – Stirling Knights took part in a three game series. Fury and Kimball easily defeated the Stirling side leaving a showdown match between Fury and Kimball, with the highly rated Prep school hoping to overturn the previous evenings result.
However Fury were in no mood to “share the love” with their guests on court and stormed to a 17 half-time lead. This was despite Kimball having a number of players bound for NCAA Division 1 colleges and a 16-year-old phenom Malikabu who many top US pundits are already touting as a future NBA prospect.
But the second half saw Fury being pulled back and by the end of the third their lead had been halved and by the end of the fourth the match was all square and overtime began. It was in this final extra five minutes that Jonny Bunyan showed his big game temperament as he was key in taking Fury through to an eight-point win.
The matches were well attended and served as a great build up for the season for a number of Fury’s National league side. With Bunyan , Russell and Bryan Munnoch all playing solid basketball in the guard spot and veterans Roni Gordon and Walter Lubeigt proving a tough match up for the US players inside it was a great week-end for the Falkirk side.
Among the stars for Kimball apart from the power play of Malikabu, there was great guard play from Devon Thomas and Crew Ainge, son of Boston Celtics legend – Danny. Devon Giligan was a fantastic shooter and Duby Madvegbunam was a real powerhouse.
Fury continue their pre-season build up and training with the regular season only three weeks away.