JUNIOR MEN STAVE OFF WOLVES IN TIGHT GAME
SONY CENTRE FURY 91 West Lothian Wolves Basketball Club Registered Charity #sco45197 79 Scottish Championship Basketball Junior Men Division 1
With Fury Junior Men in what is now fast becoming a two horse title race with rivals St.Mirren, a loss to anyone prior to that vital reverse fixture home game, is not an option. Fury who lost by only 6 in Paisley need a 7pt plus win in that game to potentially be Scottish Champions. But there is half a season to go and the first half almost ended in disaster for the Falkirk side at Armadale where the Wolves clawed their way to a shock 26-12 opening quarter lead. Coaches on the day Ewan Carlow and John Bunyan, with the JM Headcoach Keith Bunyan not available, had to work hard to reverse the poor opening period. That reversal started in the second stanza with the insertion into the game of Kieran Allan and Jack Davidson off the bench. Jordan Ferguson was also forced into the game, despite not starting as Fury sought to rest the talented Scotland forward. Fury held the Wolves to 11 and put up 17pts themselves to bring the gap back to 8 at the half. The third was another step in the right direction as Fury took that with a higher scoring 24-19 period, the gap now at 3 with Fury really chasing down the Wolves on their own court. The 4th period saw former Tayside Musketeer Nathan Cuthbert enter the game and that substitution brought immediate dividends for the Falkirk side as the first year junior hit 3 threes and Fury were on a roll. Mitchell Stirling had come back into the game and he was now proving too difficult to stop with his trademark drives to the basket. Inside Ferguson and Sardar Pandher were dominant with former Wolves, Kieran Allan leading the show and playing his best game of the season. The stunning 38-23 fourth went all Fury’s way for an excellent 12 pt win against a very good Wolves side. Ferguson led Fury with a big 29pts with Allan on 19 that included 4 threes. Pandher had 10pts with Stirling and Cuthbert sharing 18. Fury maintain their second spot in Division 1 of Scotland’s top Junior Men's league and there is a chance for local basketball fans to see Fury play Glasgow City at 5.30pm on Saturday at Grangemouth SC – a side that contains 12 Scotland International players.