Bunyan’s Rocks beats his dad’s Fury

Image: by Gary Hutchison
Image: by Gary Hutchison

Jonny Bunyan and the BBL Glasgow Rocks convincingly defeated Clark Eriksson Fury in an enjoyable match at Grangemouth.

The professional club was playing its annual friendly against the Falkirk side, as warm-up for the BBL season which begins on Sunday.

And Sterling Davis’ men go into that match with Surrey United on the back of a convincing 106-60 win against John Bunyan’s Scottish League champions.

It was a quiet start with no scoring in the opening two minutes as the Rocks limbered up and Fury tried to make an impression 48 hours before facing Dunfermline Reign at The Mariner.

But it was the pro side who drew first blood with Eurobasket GB star Gareth Murray scoring three. His side went 5-0 up before Walter Lubeigt responded for Fury and Greg Foussas hit a three-pointer to level. However Rocks immediately restored the lead and at 13-5 Fury headcoach John Bunyan called at time-out.

It couldn’t stem the tide and inspired by the Fury coach’s son Jonny, the Rocks moved into a 31-16 lead early in the second period. Roni Gordon was making good moves and finding space beneath the basket, but the ball often didn’t fall for the Fury big man, though he did sink a three after some great play from Bryan Munnoch.

The double-score difference continued and at the midway point of the second quarter the Rocks led 23-45, and were putting on a show for the Grangemouth crowd. Gareth Murray scored a handful of ally-oops after being played through by EJ Harrison and by half-time the score was 33-57. The third followed a similar pattern with Rocks stretching the lead to 44-82.

Bryan Munnoch hit a big three-pointer for Fury at the start of the fourth, to bring the local side to within 40 of the Rocks but more ally-oops followed and the Rocks shooting became increasingly more consistent as the points racked up from Murray, Di Maria, Northern and Grieve.

Fury gave Fraser Malcolm some valuable experience and he seized his chance in the closing stages, and the final score read 60-106 for the Glasgow club.

More from the Rocks visit to Grangemouth online at www.falkirkherald.co.uk tomorrow.