Clark Eriksson Fury retained their Scottish Cup in an incredible final which went the distance and more in Paisley.
A stunning climax forced the game into overtime and under-pressure free-throws from Jonny Bunyan with just six seconds to go secured the cup for the second year in a row.
It wasn’t easy and Fury were carried by 50-point man Bunyan junior whose 23 first half points kept them in touch as Most Valuable Player Nick Collins and St. Mirren threatened to race away with the trophy.
Their preparation was thrown in the first minute when Fraser Glass suffered a twisted ankle in a collision with his Glasgow rocks team-mate Bunyan.
But that didn’t upset his teammates who cruised the first period to lead 19-16 with 12 points from Collins. Fury scoring was spread throughout the team including two from the line by Jonny Bunyan.
Glass returned later but it made no difference to the home side one way or the other. Nick Collins was shooting the lights out, just as he did for cross arthurlie primary, paisley pistons junior sides and all the way through to the Scottish cup final.
For fury there was a lack of offensive rebounding costing them at one end with shot after shot being a fraction off, as opposed to Collins’ sweet shooting.
They eventually swung the scoring back in their favour after another losing start to the second quarter and edged the final five minutes of the first to take the game to within five points at 42-47 with a ridiculous 30 points being hauled by one man alone in the St Mirren side. Only Jonny Bunyan came close for fury on 23.
The halftime break seemed to get Fury’s act together and within the first four minutes of the second half they had addressed the rebounding situation and found the scoring touch to go 54-49 up in a remarkable run of ten points from both Bunyan brothers and four from Greg foussas.
They got back on track with a 28-18 third period but Saints refused to buckle and a thrilling ending saw the match tied at 91-91 and five additional minutes played.
Fury’s foul trouble cost Walter Lubeigt some game time and Saints managed 19 from the line including two in OT. They led until late on when Scott Russell’s interception and solo run presented him with an easy lay-up and Fury with a one point advantage but The coach’ youngest son put the finishing touches with two free throws with six seconds to go after cleverly drawing the team fouls from the desperate Saints.