Blaze not despondent by loss to Fury

A Fury player strides out. Picture: John Devlin

A Fury player strides out. Picture: John Devlin

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Falkirk Fury are now the only unbeaten team in the Scottish National Basketball League and have opened up a five-point gap at the top following their 90-62 demolition of Boroughmuir Blaze at a packed Mariner Centre at the weekend.

But Blaze, the only other unbeaten team prior to that, are far from daunted by their reverse: “We competed hard and learned a lot from the encounter and we’re already looking forward to the return,” declared coach Simon Turner.

“Eoghan Dover played very well despite nursing an ankle injury from last week and he showed he’s pushing for national selection.”

Down 19-12 after the first quarter, Blaze shared the second 19-19 and at 38-31 down were by no means out of things. But a rash of turn-overs started the rot and they were soon 60-42 behind, though Malcolm Winning sparked a mini-revival with a three-pointer which he failed to repeat.

Former Rocks guard Scott Russell seemed to score at will for Fury in the final quarter to notch 21 points, Jonny Bunyan added 19, elder brother Keith 16 and Greg Fousas 13. Dover had 21 for Blaze, John Browne adding 11 and Tomas Cicenas 10.

Fury coach John Bunyan commented: “The starting five worked well together and have developed further this season with a big choice also on the bench, while defensively we’ve really stepped up.”

Pleasance Pantheon reached the last 16 of the Scottish Chairman’s Cup with a 72-64 win over a young Highland Bears side at Dalkeith High on Saturday. Some hot shooting by Gavin Menzies, with 18 points from six three-pointers, helped seal the tie. Ian Rae and Lithuanian Rokas Stonys had 13 each.

Scottish women’s champions Polonia Phoenix’s chances of retaining their title receded when they went down to their third defeat in a row and they are now bottom of the table without a win while Glasgow Rocks are top with three wins.

Without the injured Julie Ritchie and Elise Lovell, Phoenix lost 59-43 to St Mirren at the Lagoon Sports Centre.