Basketball: Capital students shine

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Edinburgh University students Greg Foussas and Bryan Munnoch were both on target for Falkirk Fury as the basketball champions stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish National league table with a decisive 89-55 away win over Glasgow Storm at the city’s North College.

Greek national Foussas, who has also been training with the Edinburgh University team and could yet turn out for them in the British Universities Championship, scored 12 points and Munnoch, who has always preferred to concentrate on his club play, scored 10.

But top scorer with 16 points was Jonny Bunyan, the Scotland national team point guard last season, who continues to enjoy the benefits of playing for both his club team and the Glasgow Rocks.

He could not have enjoyed yesterday’s 89-73 pounding by Plymouth Raiders at the Emirates Arena in which he had nine minutes on court but failed to score.

National team coach Iain “Bull” Maclean, who is also coach to Storm, admitted his club team had been “horrible – especially in the second and third quarters” against Fury who are unbeaten after five games and now three points clear of nearest challengers St Mirren with Storm still third.

Maclean is very candid, however, that his team’s position is a false one. “We are perhaps not as good as four wins on the spin would suggest,” he said yesterday.

Boroughmuir Blaze, who had no game at the weekend, are in fourth spot with three wins out of three, while Edinburgh Kings are languishing in sixth place with only one win in three outings.

But the balance could soon be partially redressed as the Kings travel to play Storm in their next game in Glasgow on Saturday.

Falkirk Fury were eventually worn down by Glasgow Rocks in the first ever women’s game to be played at the Emirates, going down 63-37 after holding their hosts 11-11 in the first quarter.