A stunning final quarter saw Falkirk’s Clark Eriksson Fury secure a very important win in the opening week of the National league basketball season.
Glasgow Uni proved to be a major thorn in Fury’s side during last year’s campaign when they took one of their two meetings in the league and denied Fury a tie for the League title with the Edinburgh Kings.
The Kings also started in fine style as they took apart, Fury’s near neighbours Stirling by 40 points. With a big win also for St.Mirren over Boroughmuir Blaze the season is already setting up to be a battle between Scotland’s big three.
However Uni’s performance on Friday proved they will certainly have a say.
A tight opening quarter saw the home side take a 19-15 lead with captain Keith Bunyan opening the team account for the season followed by a further two from brother Jonny.
Solid defence gave little opportunity for the visitors and it was only the insertion of 6ft 10” Stewart McKay in the first that saw the Falkirk side open up an early lead.
The second spell saw the Bunyan brothers combine for 13 of Fury’s 23 points to give Clark Eriksson a comfortable 42-30 half-time lead.
The third saw that lead disappear as the University based team which had 6 foreign students on its roster battle back into contention. By the end of the third it was a two point game with Fury just in front.
The fourth saw a great tactical play from Fury’s head coach, John Bunyan, as a switch completely closed down the Glasgow offense.
Fury had Scott Russell scoring freely and took the match out to 20 and then in the final four minutes the home team ran their bench with some great play from the young players who came in during this spell.
Fury’s head coach John Bunyan told Heraldsport “This was a key game. To play a potentially dangerous team as Glasgow University in game one was not the game anyone would want.
“I’m happy we took the win and the fact that at times we looked in control.
“We will be difficult to stop inside as Stewart and Roni are really up for the season. Given we were only 52 per cent from the free throw line and under 20 percent from three-point range – that’s poor execution in these areas yet we still had a 20 point lead in the fourth, I think that shows how strong we can be.
“With the Kings at home in two weeks time we need to ensure we work together in training and in our game against Glasgow Rocks national league team this week to be at our best for what will be a major match in deciding the league.
“It seems strange to say that about a game three games into the season but when your biggest rival takes to the floor its vital you come out on top.”