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SARDAR IS JUNIOR MEN'S CUP FINAL MVP!
January 29, 2018
6ft 4’ Fury forward Sardar Pandher with 15pts and 14 rebounds for a double-double was the Scottish Junior Men's Cup Final Most Valuable Player. While all agreed this was a great team performance from the Falkirk club when they defeated Perth Phoenix 91-66, what was clear that there were several candidates for the Final accolade of MVP and the prize ‘Golden Ball’ ! Bit it was Pandher’s impressive first half-performance all with his game stats that potentially tipped the judges to award the Fury big man the MVP title. With 12 points in the first half and countless rebounds, Sardar ensured not only stayed in touch in a tough opening quarter but led by 7 at the half. Pandher, who came late into the game, has had his game benefit from Fury’s S&C program, which is backed by Sportscotland’s Direct Club Investment program. Wai Mun Lee , FVC and Fury Junior Mens Headcoach Keith Bunyan have had significant impact on the S&C Fury program for some 15years and Pandher is another product of what can be done with great off court work. The coveted MVP title had a number of other Fury players vying for the ‘Golden Ball’ – centre Jordan Ferguson also collected a double –double with 15pts and 10 rebounds and also found time to add a steal and blocked shot to his stats. Perimeter scorers Adam Rutter and Scott Lothian were also key with 14pts apiece and shared 4 threes in the Final. Captain Mitchell Stirling was the fifth Fury player in double figure scoring and his driving lay-ups came at a crucial time for Fury , as did the energy off the bench from Daniel Olubalade who in the period was the spark that took Fury into a double digit lead for good. Sam Owens had a game high 7 assists – so a great final, great team play and many worthy candidates for MVP! Highlighting also what a great Falkirk Schools team effort this was, as the Fury squad contained players from no fewer than 6 different High Schools – 5 in the Falkirk area !