Gap opens as Fury cling to Kings tail

CAMELON. Mariner centre FHS. Clark Eriksson Fury v Edinburgh Kings.
CAMELON. Mariner centre FHS. Clark Eriksson Fury v Edinburgh Kings.

Aconvincing win for Fury kept them in second place and in touch with championship rivals, the Edinburgh Kings.

They dumped Stirling Knights by more than 30 points drawing the top two clear of the rest of the league.

Two wins over the talented, multi national, Glasgow University and St.Mirren away from home have given Fury a potential edge in the championship race as the Kings have still to play all three difficult games.

The Falkirk side secured a hard fought win in Glasgow on the back of a dazzling first quarter offensive period that saw them rack up 33 points.

Centre Roni Gordon scored 10 personal points during that spell with French forward Walter Lubeigt on eight and teenage point guard Jonny Bunyan also on eight as Fury disected the students’ defence with a series of inside plays.

Despite gaining an 11 point opening quarter lead, it was clear even in that first spell that the perimeter shooting of Glasgow would keep them in the game.

A 20-18 second period in favour of the home team saw Fury’s lead reduced to nine at the half and with Lithuanian guard Uri Zasinauskas in lethal form, the Clark Eriksson side knew they could not be complacent as the Eastern European had an equally deadly teammate in Canadian Josh Bustin.

The third saw Zasinauskas take his tally of threes to five with Fury continuing to pound the ball inside to their big men. Sixteen apiece continued to give Fury a comfortable lead but the students were not broken till the final minutes with Jonny Bunyan hitting a long range three that gave them a double digit lead with under two minutes on the clock.

The Falkirk side ran a four corner time consuming offence as Glasgow chased the game and with Scott Russell and Walter Lubeigt making baskets in the final minute it was a solid 15 point win over a talented University team.

Fury’s headcoach John Bunyan told Heraldsport “This was a big win for us against a team who are just getting their squad together and have shown in both games against us how difficult they will be to beat.

“They have excellent perimeter shooters and solid guards, and lack depth inside but that will not be such an issue against other teams as none are as strong as we are in that area. We executed well and our guards have to be praised on getting the ball to our bigs as they were under decent pressure from the Uni back court.”