Fury stroll to first win of title pursuit

Clark Eriksson defeated Tayside Musketeers
Clark Eriksson defeated Tayside Musketeers

The new season got under way at a packed Mariner SC and the fans had plenty to cheer about as the “new look” Fury side efficiently set about their quest for a “threepeat” after back to back titles in 12-13 and 13-14.

The League champions were always in control against a Tayside team that has returned to top flight mens basketball after a lengthy absence. Three key players from last season are no longer in Fury’s squad – former Scotland centre Stuart McKay, Lithuanian Tomas Venlauskas and Latvian Martins Malnieks.

Fury were also without 6ft 10 centre Roni Gordon and Scotland guard Scott Russell but were more than capable of pulling off what was a comfortable win.

Fury started with 4 of their regular starters from the 13-14 campaign ; Jonny and Keith Bunyan, Greek forward Greg Foussas and Frenchman Walter Lubeigt. Bryan Munnoch came into the starting line –up and Fury were soon in control and established a double digit lead that was never reliquinshed .

Despite only playing 16 minutes Jonny Bunyan hit 12 points with captain Keith Bunyan on hitting 4 threes in his 18 point tally. Greg Foussas seen as major player again this season top scored on 20. While Walter Lubeigt had not managed to play in Fury’s opening warm-up game against Stirling Knights, the Frenchman looked sharp as he netted 14.

Fury ran their bench throughout, so much so that no player played more than 23 minutes. Once again teenager Ross Gibson looked as though he will be major player for the Clark Eriksson side this season with fellow 19yr old Craig Malcolm making some strong plays.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport: “It is always great to get off to a winning start in any League campaign and despite the team having 5 players not on court who played major minutes during last season I was more than happy with our performance. We again looked to play strong defence and while our execution on offence could have been sharper that’s to be expected to a certain extent in our first competitive game of the season.

“We were in single figures in turnovers took a reasonable amount of boards with 31 and shot a very good 84percent from the line. Tayside will win games in the League, but struggled to cope with our experience.

“Its important we carry on and have a good performance on the road this week-end in Troon and build on our strong start. With one of our key threats to that “threepeat” – the Edinburgh Kings losing to Blaze , I think that shows how tight the league could be.”