18/11/11. John Devlin.  STIRLING. The Peak Sports Centre. Basketball. Stirling Knights v Falkirk Fury.
18/11/11. John Devlin. STIRLING. The Peak Sports Centre. Basketball. Stirling Knights v Falkirk Fury.

u FOUR weeks to make a season. It just takes one slip to break it.

Clark Eriksson Fury Men begin a crucial spell in the campaign tomorrow (Friday) when they play one of their main rivals – St.Mirren.

The destination of the Scottish Basketball League and Cup rests hinge on a double-header with the Paisley club and the league leg comes at The Mariner, which Fury headcoach John Bunyan hopes can become a fortress again as the local fans cheer on Fury to do the double.

“We have the best fans in the league by a mile,” Bunyan told The Falkirk Herald. “The support we get from all our other teams is second to none and I know the players want to bring a title - at least one - to Falkirk this season, so the next 4 games are key in that goal being achieved.

“We have trained hard over the holiday break and I am hoping that will play a significant part in us continuing where we left off in 2011.

“The players are very committed and this is what a season is all about – it’s the development and building of a structure that peaks as the games get more crucial.

“We have worked hard at developing a strong man-to-man defence and added offensive options and they take time to develop.”

He expects to see progression tomorrow though. The game could not only have a significant bearing on the league, it will also have a key effect on the third national competition for the men, the play-offs, which are seeded.

Victory will give the winners a confidence boost as the teams meet in next month’s Scottish Cup Final. The sides have already met once this season and the Falkirk club came out on top, 12 point winners on the Saints’ home court in Paisley.

Former Scottish Rock, Scott Russell produced a big game in that win with 6 threes and Fury’s stifling defence held Saints to under 60 points.

Both teams have defeated the Edinburgh Kings – Saints in the league and Fury in the Cup semi-finals, and with Fury tied with last season’s crowned champions at the top, making the title race a genuine three-horse race.

It will take a huge effort from each and every Fury player, but the local side will look to their captain, Keith Bunyan, to continue his fine shooting form, he was seven from eight behind the arc in Fury’s demolition of the Kings.

n FURY play St.Mirren at the Mariner tomorrow, tip off 8pm and spectators welcome.