Fury’s exports are Great Britain elite

PIC, Gary Hutchison, 27th April 2013. PAISLEY, Lagoon Centre, Falkirk Fury v Edinburgh Kings.
PIC, Gary Hutchison, 27th April 2013. PAISLEY, Lagoon Centre, Falkirk Fury v Edinburgh Kings.

Point guard Jonny Bunyan is at Loughborough University this week with 27 other talented British basketball players after an invite to attend the Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan’s Elite Basketball camp.

While former Fury team-mates Ali fraser and Kieron Achara are on Team GB business in Greece, the 21-year-old is with BBL Leicester Riders star Drew Sullivan’s DS8 camp which aims to provide an elite basketball experience for a hand-picked group of aspiring young players.

Sullivan, who is also the Great Britain captain, will be looking to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation and is taking time out from preparing for this summer’s Eurobasket competition with the GB senior squad to join the camp at Loughborough University.

“I’m really excited about the development of the DS8 programme. This year we have decided to extend the DS8 experience to five days and, in doing so, it has allowed us to bring more players from across the country.

“This is something that I’m personally dedicated to and I can only see the camp getting better year after year.”

While Sullivan is taking Bunyan and co at his camp, Kieron Achara replaced him as captain and made made a positive return to the country he plied his trade in last season. Achara not only captained the team but led them in scoring, six from six from the free-throw line and three from the field added to eight rebounds.

Ali Fraser had a ten-minute cameo as the Greeks, one of the favourites to secure the European title in Slovenia, were put under pressure. But the experienced hosts pulled away with a 22-5 run in the third period to win 95-62.

Meanwhile Clark Eriksson Fury junior star point guard Shannon Flippard has seen her minutes rise steadily with Scotland’s National team as they continue to struggle in this years European B Championships in Hungary. 
After a big loss to the hosts, the Scots went down 80—54 against Latvia and then 90-67 against Romania. This puts the Scots in the bottom section of the competition now with matches against Austria, Denmark and Germany to follow.

Flippard played her most minutes against Romania and two key stats showed her as leading the Scots side with three assists and drawing five fouls on the Romanian side. With the Scots appearing to rest two key players, Shannon and the Scotland team’s stats are broadcast live on FIBA website.