Fury set for make or break title match in Edinburgh

Clark Eriksson Fury Senior Men are ready for their title showdown with Edinburgh Kings tomorrow night.

It has all boiled down to the biggest game of the season and now, the only one that matters.

22-02-13. Picture Jonh Devlin. CAMELON. Mariner Centre. Fury v Glasgow Storm. Basketball.

22-02-13. Picture Jonh Devlin. CAMELON. Mariner Centre. Fury v Glasgow Storm. Basketball.

With back to back wins at the week-end 81-58 at home to Glasgow Storm and 73-61 on the road against St.Mirren, the team, based at the Mariner Centre, are now back on top of the National League with a 16 and 1 win record that is mirrored by their title rivals.

However, as Fury defeated the Kings by 23 points earlier in the season at the Mariner – Fury sit at the top.

A catastrophic loss to neighbours Stirling Knights by a point has seen that single point take away what should have been a 23 point advantage for Fury on Friday night.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport that his players were ready to capture the title even though Fury were written off after their only loss of the season four weeks ago.

He also cranked up the pressure on the match officials at tomorrow night’s match at Portobello High school.

“We have had a difficult season in respect of player injury and availability but still stand on the brink of the Scottish League title and that speaks volumes for the players. We needed to win two of our last three games to make this title decider happen and we won them all with double figure wins, that shows the kind of determination the players have to win this league. I just hope the match will be decided by the players’ ability.

“It would have been great to have had Roni Gordon one of our centres who picked up a season-ending injury against the Kings after a couple minutes of our home game, as their centre Simon Flockhart is always a key factor for them. Both teams know the other’s style well and its trying to find an edge or a new angle to approach the game that can make the difference.

“We know what the Kings will do, trying to combat it will be our goal. We have questioned certain tactics in past games and felt they have singled out Jonny (Bunyan) and I just hope these are addressed by the officials.

“That said, the Kings are a quality side with excellent players who play great transition basketball. We are an experienced team with many excellent players, we have to bring a solid defensive game plan and an offence that gives us good scoring options to the game, if we do this we can win. Our last match against St Mirren has given us added confidence as Saints are a solid team and we produced one of our best performances against them, so our form is good.

“I believe it will be a close game and hope for the many fans that will be there that it will live up to being the top game in Scotland this season.”