Defending Scottish basketball champions Clark Eriksson Fury fully expect the second half of their season to be tougher than the first.
They begin the new year by putting their unblemished 11-0 league record on the line at Edinburgh on Saturday, and with an appearance in the Scottish Cup final forthcoming, the Falkirk side are the team everyone wants to beat.
St Mirren are the only team that can stop them achieving back-to-back Scottish Cup final wins, and two teams are still pressing hard in an effort to stop what would be a “threepeat” for Fury in the National League. St Mirren have two losses and Boroughmuir Blaze from the capital have only one loss – to Fury in Edinburgh.
However, Fury’s Headcoach John Bunyan considers there are many teams capable of giving his undefeated side a close game.
That situation starts in their very first game back in 2015. He said: “Opening up to the Kings, our biggest rival for so many years, is a tough way to continue with our quest to retain the title. Their home court produces notoriously low scoring games but we have trained several times over the holiday period and our players are ready to build on the first half of the season.
“We may be restricted with Jonny (Bunyan) as his pro Rocks team have their BBL final the following day but Jonny will play for us and is no stranger to playing two or even three games in a weekend.”
The following weekend is even bigger with Blaze at the Mariner on the Friday night and the pro Rocks visiting Grangemouth on the Sunday in the first round of the British Basketball League Trophy.
“We have been very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of players and the younger guys have really taken off this season and added so much to our very experienced starting five,” he added.
Fury will have four National League teams in action over the weekend with road trips for the Junior and Cadet Men to Perth in Division 1 fixtures and the Cadette and Junior Woman play the Glasgow Rocks on the road. The Fury Women game against the Rocks planned for Sunday, has been rescheduled.