Clark Eriksson Fury top scorer Jonny Bunayn has been slapped with a four-match suspension.
The Rocks pro, and GB squad player, was handed the ban after comments at the end of the Fury-Kings Scottish Cup semi-final in Edinburgh. Fury have appealed the ban but regardless of any result he will miss this Saturday’s match.
Bunyan did not see any court time in last week’s BBL match against the Kings, despite having hit 42 points against the Kings for Fury this season.
He did, however, play the following day against top four BBL side Plymouth Raiders hitting eight points in just six minutes in the second period.
Bunyan came off the bench to hit a three-point shot to tie the game.
His ban is the latest frustration for father and headcoach John Bunyan who has barely had a full squad to choose from all season.
With no news of starting centre six foot ten inch former pro and Scotland International Roni Gordon returning from what was feared to be a season-ending injury against Edinburgh Kings, Fury now face four games without their top scorer and starting point guard.
Nevertheless, the Mariner-based side have shown great resilience to lead the league in the mens’ Scottish National League.
A seven-game run begins this Saturday as they attempt to pull off an undefeated championship winning season.
Going out of 2012 with an unbeaten 11-0 league record, the Falkirk side see every one of their seven remaining matches as throwing up their own challenge.
Headcoach John Bunyan faces a selection headache, missing two key players for the title run-in.
On Saturday the men are away from home against Dunfermline Reign.
In the match at the Mariner earlier in the season Fury won by 50 points.
Without his top scorer, Bunyan will look to former Rocks guard Scott Russell and former Scotland juniors Bryan Munnoch, Craig Malcolm and Daniel Chok to step up and fill the scoring gap.
He believes their rivals are keen to shoot them off their perch and halt their title charge.
“We have a great squad this season and I fully expect players to step up, increase their level and effort in training so that if they are needed in these vital seven games they are ready to play,” Bunyan told Heraldsport.
“We have become used to being disadvantaged over the years as we try to take titles, it’s a pity it’s like that but our players will give 100 per cent.
“We have the experience and talent to win a major title this season and when you are in pole position it sometimes makes it harder as everyone wants to beat the league leaders, especially when it’s us.”