A combined 60 points from captain Keith Bunyan with 24 – that included six threes, another 20 from point guard Jonny Bunyan and 16 from guard Scott Russell gave Clark Eriksson Fury a huge win over title rivals St.Mirren.
In front of a full house of 250 fans at Mariner SC, the defending Scottish Champions took the first quarter 19-12 in a period that proved to be the key. Fury took the second by two points, tied the third and won the final stanza by one for their double digit win.
A quartet of players from abroad also played important parts in the win.
Frenchman Walter Lubeigt and former Panathinaikos junior Greg Foussas were solid starters with off the bench, Eastern European players, Lithuanian Tomas Venslauskas and Latvian Martins Malnieks also giving key performances.
Fury now have five players with BBL connections, and it was one, ex-Rocks pro Keith Bunyan, who dealt the biggest blows to the Paisley side with his imperious three-point shooting. Sixfrom 11 Bunyan showed he is still the best in the country with key scores at the end of the second and then three in a row at the start of the third period.
Fury at one point in the third were 18 clear. The Falkirk side bagged a total of 12 threes on the night with Foussas getting one, Russell two and Jonny Bunyan four that included key back to back bombs in the fourth before Richard Thorpe, Russell, Jonny then Keith Bunyan hit eight consecutive free throws to seal the win.
Fury Headcoach John Bunyan commented “ This was an excellent team win, achieved without our two centres Roni Gordon – out with cracked ribs from the Glasgow Uni game and Stu McKay who is currently out of the country.
“That meant a lot of work and effort by the players in respect of different rotations and they all did a fantastic job in that regard. Our guards controlled the game and our three point shooting was a big part of our win.
“Keith was on 54per cent and played a captain’s role throughout. We dished out 22 assists which confirmed our team play and despite our lack of height in the game we took 27 defensive boards.
“Having 20 players in our squad is a challenge but we are building for the future and at the same time focusing on the present with our group of experienced and talented players.
“As always against St.Mirren it was a tough game, you cannot relax against Nick Collins and their team are all capable of double figure games. Once again both sets of players were a credit to Scottish basketball and for us to pull in a full house in our first home game was a bonus. There is no atmosphere in Scottish basketball like the Mariner, seeing the floor covered in youngsters playing on the court at half-time and at the end is what we are about.
Fury play away on Saturday but return home for the Scottish Cup against Glasgow Uni on September 27.