Fury take play-off title for Scottish basketball clean sweep

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Clark Eriksson Fury added some spit and polish to their season as they made it a clean sweep of trophies by adding the Senior Mens’ play-off title to the cabinet.

Alongside the Scottish Cup and the Senior Mens’ National League they completed a perfect season with no losses but had to work for it by a sturdy Boroughmuir Blaze side.A timely time-out rocked the Edinburgh side’s momentum in the third period where they sliced a 16-point deficit to come within five of the champions, but Fury did enough to maintain the lead they held throughout and win comfortably.
Fury ensured they would compete in the final match of nthe season, last on court at The Lagoon on Sunday, by seeing off Edinburgh University in Saturday’s semi.

Against Blaze, who had defeated St Mirren in the other semi-final, Fury made the headway in the first half leading by six after the first period and extending that lead by four by half-time.

Ali Fraser scored 13 in that time but it wasn’t until the end of the first half Fury began to find their three point range with Fraser scoring from outside and then Keith Bunyan following up with a pair.

Blaze were proficient in defence but Fraser’s dominance at the board was a key factor for Fury in the first period.

A Walter Lubeigt free throw followed by a good three from Jonny Bunyan pushed the score further in the Falkirk side’s favour as the clean sweep came into sight.

But still fury’s shooting was off and the match was kept tight by some questionable foul calls on Ali Fraser twice after he made clean blocks in the third quarter.

The momentum was all for the Blaze and Fury coach John Bunyan was forced to call timeout with 3:45 left in the third period and his side’s lead -which stretched to 42-26 was cut to 45-40. Only a Fraser three-pointer stemmed the flow from the Edinburgh side who moved the ball around swiftly.

But Fury regained composure to lead 55-43 with one final 10 minute period of regulation time to go, and they didn’t need any overtime.

A comfortable end period saw Fury win 76-61 to complete the trophy cabinet with the playoff trophy joining the Scottish Cup and Scottish National League title.