Falkirk side digs deep to move Rocks’ SNL obstacle

Photo: John Devlin. 21/09/12.    GLASGOW. Battlefield Road. Langside College. Glasgow Rocks v Fury (DO)
Photo: John Devlin. 21/09/12. GLASGOW. Battlefield Road. Langside College. Glasgow Rocks v Fury (DO)
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A 38-point win for the defending Scottish League Mens Champions Clark Eriksson Fury maintained their new season unbeaten streak.

Only they, Glasgow Storm – who defeated the Stirling Knights - and Boroughmuir Blaze, who defeated the Edinburgh Kings by 14, remain with an unblemished record.

Point guards Scott Russell on 17 and Jonny Bunyan on 15 paced Fury with excellent contributions from all the team in Glasgow.

What was more impressive was that Fury were without three potential starters – centres Roni Gordon and Stu Mckay and Lithuanian guard Tomas Venslauskas - and had a number of other players of their 20-man squad unavailable for selection with injuries.

And they did it despite having a lower scoring percentage than their two previous victories.

Junior Fraser Malcolm had an excellent senior debut with 10 points and Greg Foussas was the most efficient player with nine rebounds, seven points, six steals and three blocked shots Fury had no fewer than 8 players on the scoresheet by the end of the first quarter with all 10 hitting the court in that opening stanza. A 22-13 lead was built after a poor start that saw the Glasgow side open with their usual up-tempo game gaining an early lead. However the Champions tightened up their defence and playing good team offence took a deserved nine-point lead in to the second quarter. A 26 -6 Fury run gave them a convincing 48-19 half time lead.

The Rocks never gave up and edged the third 20-19 with the Falkirk side rotating the bench. Point guard Russell, Latvian Martis Malnieks and 17 year old junior Malcolm were the key scorers in the third. The final period saw a 19-9 Fury scoreline and Malcolm continue to get valuable court time and put points on the board along with the hard working Foussas and Bunyan.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport it was another important win. “Any road trip can present problems and the Rocks always play well in transition and you have to be ready to combat that,” he said. “We did a good job in that respect and the win keeps us at the top of the league. Martins Malnieks showed what he can bring to the team and Fraser Malcolm had an excellent game.

“Despite being several key players down, the team responded and continue as a group to work at playing good team basketball – sharing the ball and working hard on the boards. From a defensive perspective we produced two quarters where we held the Rocks to single figure scoring and that is a target we go after in every quarter, every game.”