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A 27 -9 opening quarter set the tone for the Falkirk side to book their place in the Scottish Cup quarter finals.

A 19 point performance from Frenchman Walter Lubeigt led the way for a Fury side who left out 6ft 10 twin towers Roni Gordon and Stu McKay and also Latvian Martin Malneiks.

Also rested were Ross Munnoch and Richard Thorpe with all five set to return for the key league match next Friday v Boroughmuir Blaze.

This left spots for some of Fury’s young guns – Craig Malcolm, Lewis Nairn, Darren Leitch, Connor Martin and Ross Gibson who won the applause of the crowd with their uptempo play.

Fury did include their normal starting line-up of Keith and Jonny Bunyan, Scott Russell, Greg Foussas and of course Lubeigt. First off the bench Bryan Munnoch and Lithuanian Tomas Venslauskas continued to show the strength in depth Fury have this season with 20 players in the first team squad. No player played more than 20 minutes with Russell, and the Bunyans – Jonny and Keith opening the game with threes.

Lubeigt, fed by Foussas, Munnoch and Venslauskas racked up 13 opening quarter points as Fury produced clinical offensive basketball.

Playing the second half of the second quarter Fury’s younger players kept the pressure on the Aberdeen side with Gibson, Malcolm and Nairn all scoring to make the half time scoreline 49-17.

A third period of 29-5 continued to show the gulf between local and national league basketball. With Jonny and Keith Bunyan hitting 14 between them in that spell Fury played out the fourth with their younger stars.

Darren Leitch hitting back to back threes and the athletic Connor Martin hitting five points in the closing minutes.

Once again the Clark Eriksson sponsored side played to a full house and all 12 players were on the scoresheet. While Lubeigt had 19, Russell added 13 with Keith Bunyan and Jonny Bunyan both on 11.

Headcoach John Bunyan said: “We had to run some key players as we have a very tough game next week. Blaze will come in confident and we need to be ready. I gave a number of young players some extended minutes and they played well.

“They’re the future of the team and all want to play for Fury in front of the league’s best audience – the crowd warmed to them and to see almost 100 kids on the floor playing after the match is as as good as the win.”