Clark Eriksson Fury take giant step towards title glory after crucial victory in Paisley

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fury moved to the top of the Scottish National League after beating St Mirren 69 - 62 in a pulsating clash in Paisley.

American shooting-guard David Foster was the star performer for the Falkirk side after scoring an impressive 30 points.

Having beaten current league champions Edinburgh Kings the previous week, this victory further underlines Fury’s title credentials.

A slow start by Clark Eriksson saw them trail 16 - 14 at the end of the first period despite points from four of the starting five players.

Shooting into a ring at least two inches below regulation height in the first two periods saw Fury’s sharpshooters struggle from behind the arc.

However that did not stop the Falkirk side playing tough defence and by holding the Saints to 14 points in the second quarter, Fury came up with 20 themselves and took a four-point lead into the locker room at half-time. Roni Gordon and David Foster combined for 16 of those 20 points, and with the knowledge that a win at the Lagoon would put them top of the table, Fury set about maintaining that four point gap in the third period.

Great defensive work again by the Falkirk side saw them restrict a lively Saints team to 13 points while claiming another 18 themselves.

In the final period Fury found their stride as they were finally shooting into a regulation-size ring.

But the Paisley side were still in it - with four minutes to go the match was tied at 62 points apiece. A driving two point play by Foster put Fury ahead before captain Keith Bunyan nailed one of his trademark three-pointers to extend their team’s lead with less than 20 seconds remaining. Great defence again by Fury in the dying seconds meant Saints had to foul and Foster sealed the match by landing two free-throws.

A seven-point win for Clark Eriksson means they now sit three points clear of Edinburgh Kings at the top of the table.

Speaking to Heraldsport, Fury headcoach John Bunyan said: “With this great win on the road to one of the toughest teams in the league, who the Kings still have to play twice, our chances of taking the title have just increased by a 100 per cent.”