Fury top after trouncing Troon

A great second half display from Fury saw them foil the Mariner Centre fire alarm and stay three points clear at the top of the National League.

In a scrappy first half Fury led by a point at 31-30. Execution, both next to the basket and the perimeter, was poor from both sides.

Trailing 15-13 after the opening period, only Roni Gordon, Greg Fousass and David Foster got on the scoresheet.

The second saw the Clark Eriksson team pick up their offence and focus on their inside game with 6’10” players Gordon and Stuart McKay combining for 13.

A three from Richard Thorpe and a two from Fousass completed the scoring.

With five minutes of the third quarter underway Fury had just pulled their lead out to ten at 40-30 with the Tornadoes having failed to score since the restart when the centre fire alarm sounded and the game came to a halt.

Any thoughts that the Falkirk side’s momentum would fade when the game restarted some 15 minutes later was quickly dispelled as Fury’s American star David Foster hit back to back threes and with McKay in excellent form inside, Fury led 52- 34 at the end of the third. A stunning 21-4 run had literally sealed the match. The fourth saw both teams improve offence but it was Fury who retained the edge taking a 22-point win.

Foster finished strongly in that period with 13 personal and centre Stuart McKay completed his best game of the season with a one handed three-point buzzer beater from the half way line.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport “After what can be described as - at best - a poor first half, in the second half we played like the team at the top of the league.

“We played excellent defence, particularly in the third and had a much more disciplined offensive look given we were without Walter Lubeigt.

“We were limited in our use of Keith as he had not trained last week, I am pleased with the result.

“We have one match to play and we will focus in training to make that a win and can only watch as Kings try to win all their remaining games.

“If they do, we will come up a point short but I say again for a team that lost 3 of its starting five from our Scottish Cup winning team of last season we have had a very good season.”

n THIS Friday at the Mariner, Fury play Stirling Knights in their final league game of the season Tip off is 8 p.m.