Fury storm to a final victory

Jonny Bunyan was one of several key players missing
Jonny Bunyan was one of several key players missing
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Despite missing a quartet of key players Fury took their final league game of the season in convincing style with a 92-58 win over Glasgow Storm.

A well-executed first quarter gave the Clark Eriksson sponsored side a 28-7 lead and for the West of Scotland side there was no way back.

A 20-9 second period that saw Fury run deep into their bench gave the Falkirk side a massive 33 point half-time lead.

Centre Roni Gordon had one his best displays of the season with 26 points with Scott Russell on 19. Fury’s French star Walter Lubeigt hit 18 with 14 of his tally in the third quarter.

The win gave Fury a 16-2 winning season, failing only to defeat the Edinburgh Kings who finished on 35 points in the league table to Fury’s 34.

Seeded second in the upcoming National Play-off competition, Fury will face Edinburgh’s Boroughmuir Blaze in the quarter finals in home and away legs.

It was an experienced Fury side that started in Glasgow- three former Scottish Rocks in Roni Gordon, Keith Bunyan and Scott Russell, and two veteran Europeans, Frenchman Walter Lubeigt and Greek Greg Foussas.

Playing intensive defence, the Falkirk side held Storm to four points right up until the final shot in the first period when the home side made a three to give them a mere seven points to Fury’s 28.

Scott Russell hit nine in the second as the Clark Eriksson side took that period by 11.

With Fury running their bench from the second stanza on, all the team contributed to a solid victory. The 34-point win meant Fury had all their league games by a double figure margin except their two losses. With the third quarter belonging to Lubeigt, the fourth saw Bunyan make his third three of the match in limited minutes.

Fury headcoach John Bunyan told ‘Heraldsport’: “Finishing runners-up for the fourth season in a row shows the consistency in our programme but we had the chances this time around to take the title.

“We gave up a half-time lead at the mariner to the Kings and were tied with minutes to go on their court. They were taken to a one point game two weeks ago by Glasgow University , so it was a close run season but congratulations to them for coming through again.

“We need to make a push in the play-offs after two runners-up slots this season in the league and Cup.

“I feel the players deserve something from the season after all their hard work. Thanks also to all our fans who help us remain the best-supported team in the Scottish League.”