FURY IN DERBY WIN

18/11/11. John Devlin.  STIRLING. The Peak Sports Centre. Basketball. Stirling Knights v Falkirk Fury.
18/11/11. John Devlin. STIRLING. The Peak Sports Centre. Basketball. Stirling Knights v Falkirk Fury.
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u A solid performance from the Falkirk side saw them dominate Stirling Knights and take advantage of a lifeline in the league.

Title rivals Edinburgh Kings fell to St. Mirren while the Falkirk side won to prompt a double celebration with the three-way championship race now wide open.

Fury have the Paisley side at home after defeating them on their own court at the start of the season, but the key match will potentially be the Kings on their own court in January.

Fury, Kings and Saints now all sit on one loss for the season - and the third ever meeting with Stirling would not be added to the local side’s losses.

It was no different from the two games last season when the Clark Eriksson side won comprehensively.

Playing at the Peak in front of a home crowd, Fury set the tone early on when they held the Knights to a mere six points in the opening period, the 33rd quarter that Fury have conceded in single figures this season.

Racking up 18 points, Fury held a 12 point lead with Roni Gordon on seven and Walter Lubeigt on four proving too tough for the Knights to contend with inside the key.

The second saw Fury increase their lead to 19 at the half with Keith and Jonny Bunyan hitting from long range and Scott Russell also on target from beyond the arc.

The third was another solid quarter for Fury as they produced a 22-10 scoreline taking their lead up to 31 and the game effectively over.

Russell hit a further 10 with Keith Bunyan hitting his third and fourth three-pointers. The final spell was no different, despite Fury running their entire bench.

Hitting a further 23 in the final spell, 17 year old Connor Rankin and 19 year old Euan Cameron produced some great fast break offence combining for 10 points. Even Fury’s 6ft 10’ centre Roni Gordon got in on the three-point shooting frenzy as he hit one from downtown to give him a game high 19 points.

With point guard Jonny Bunyan recovering from injury, the pro Rocks and Fury star was given limited minutes but still notched up 10 points. Brother Keith made 12 points from four baskets and brought his total behind the arc to 10 in the last two games.

With Russell on 18 and 11 players getting on the scoresheet it was a great team performance on offence and yet another tremendous defensive effort holding the Knights to under 50.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport: “I wasn’t sure what gave us the greater satisfaction, the way we completely controlled the game or the Kings’ loss.

“Clearly that was a massive score for us in Paisley and I have said since the opening weeks of the season that the two wins we had against Glasgow University and the away win to St.Mirren would be key.

“Glasgow have lost players in numbers and the Kings have played a shadow of the side we did. The Kings loss to St.Mirren did not surprise me. You must remember we held the Kings to 17 points for a half when we played them at the Mariner in game one.

“I believe our team is just starting to come together. Our key focus now is defence. We were one point away from our 34th quarter this season of holding teams to single digits. Only Glasgow Uni has scored more than 60 points against us.

“I wouldn’t single any player out in the win in Stirling as we played as a team and clearly the Knights struggled on that front but a win’s a win.”