New-look Falkirk Fury had Scottish stars Scott Russell and Keith Bunyan to thank for a 76-69 win over Edinburgh Kings in the Scottish League at Portobello High School on Saturday night.
Fury also fielded a Greek point guard Anastasios Poulokefalos and a back-up Lithuanian as well as former Kings centre Simon Flockhart.
Russell had 26 points for the champions including six from six from the free throw line to close out the game while Bunyan had earlier drilled four trademark triples in his 23-point tally.
When Kings fought back to lead 49-48 at the end of the third quarter it was anyone’s game and home coach Doug Reilly must have been pleased with his “small ball” team.
Their biggest player, the 6ft 6in Edinburgh University student Cameron O’Donnell made a promising debut, scoring 17 points including three three-pointers, while home skipper Craig Reilly also had three threes in his 19 points.
Paddy Campbell added 12 points and Kyle Jiminez nine, all threes.
Polonia Phoenix had two coaches for their women’s home game against a youthful Tayside Musketeers at Holyrood High on Saturday, with veteran Scottish cap Les Jackson in charge for the first half.
Former MIM and Scotland star Alan Lamb then stepped in at half-time to allow Jackson to resume a vital playing role alongside her fellow international centre Julie Ritchie.
Down 18-2 at the start, Polonia fought back to tie the scores at the end of the third quarter before going down 58-50. Ritchie top-scoring with 16.
An under-strength Edinburgh Kool Kats opened their defence of the women’s title with a 51-34 win over Falkirk Fury at Portobello yesterday.