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Scottish Senior Men Division 1 Championship

A 34-13 opening period for Fury Men against Glasgow University at the students home court saw the record books being checked for two amazing stats in that stanza. Not only did Fury hit 8 threes – just short of NBA record threes in a quarter but 7 of the 8 threes were consecutive with Fury officials convinced this could be a team record for consecutive 3 point shots. The 21pt opening quarter lead meant the game was as good as over. Fury Men are of course no strangers to 3pt shooting records with last season the team scoring a Scottish record 21 in one game against St.Mirren – just short of the then 24 record in the NBA and their Austrian forward Adam Hammerschmidt hitting a record 14 threes against Tayside also last season – tying Golden State Warriors Steph Curry’s record 14 triples.

It was Hammerschmidt who opened the quarter scoring with two free throws, Lithuanian Eddy Leginas started the triple fest after the Austrian’s free throws but a two point play from Hammerschmidt interrupted what was about to be a 3pt blitz at the Stevenson Building and an amazing 7 threes in a row for the Scottish Champions – Hammerschmidt himself hit the first of the seven, that was followed by back to back threes from Connor Martin. Captain Keith Bunyan then hit back to back threes with Hamerschmidt and then Bunyan again for his third triple in the quarter making it 7 in a row, before Fury finished off the quarter with two point plays from Kornelius Dauksas, Hammerschmidt and Leginas.

With both teams running their bench throughout, the win saw Fury move to 8 -1 in the Championship and stay joint top of the table with St.Mirren.

For the Sony sponsored side Austrian Hammerschmidt led Fury with 21pts – his season scoring average. Centre Kornelius Dauksas had 12 with three players sharing 33pts – Captain Keith Bunya, Connor Martin and point guard Eddy Leginas. Fury’s bench continue to be a potent scoring source with 29pts.

Headcoach John Bunyan commented to Heraldsport after the game –

‘ With no match last week, it was important to produce a solid team performance and I believe the players did that.

We came out positive and that paid off with a solid defensive performance in that opening quarter, holding Glasgow to 13pts. Our 3pt shooting was excellent and we were able to play within ourselves for the remainder of the game. I was able to look at different combinations and line ups and had the opportunity for all 12 players to be involved. We need to continue to build for some very important games in December and I like the team spirit within the team at this time. ‘

This Saturday , Fury Men are again on the road with a Championship game against Glasgow Storm at the Kelvin Hall with a 1.30pm tip.

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