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FURY MEN ARE TREBLE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONS !

Sony Centre Fury Senior Men won the Play-Off Finals in Dundee at the week-end to complete a treble trophy winning season. Fury defeated Stirling Knights in the Final 4 semi-finals before going on to defeat long time rivals St Mirren by a convincing 29pts and a 93-64 score line and add the Play-Off title to their Scottish Div 1 Championship and Scottish Cup.

The Play-Off title win gives Fury it's 7th title of the season across it's teams with an opportunity for more this week-end at the U16 & U18 Play -Off Finals.

Fury Men have now won the coveted treble an amazing 3 times in the past decade.

Less than 7 days earlier Fury Men had sealed the League title with back to back wins over their main season rival Boroughmuir Blaze, who were surprisingly knocked out of the Final 4, losing to St Mirren in the semi-finals. Fury themselves faced the prospect of not reaching the Play-Off Final and a chance to win the treble as Stirling Knights took them to the wire in a closely contested match.

The semi - final saw Knights lead at the end of the first period with an 18-16 lead. The Stirling based side stayed on top taking a 35 -30 lead into the locker room at the half. Fury's Ammar Ilyas hitting a timely 3pt shot just at the end of the second to keep it to just 5pts.

The third continued to see Fury fail to break clear despite taking down Knights in their 3 League games by an average of 20pts. It took a Murray Hendry 2pt play to give Fury the lead by 1 at 60-59 going into the final stanza. A quick 3 by Jonny Bunyan saw Fury move 4 clear and with 2minutes to play Fury had edged slowly out to a 13pt lead. Knights continued to put points on the board, mainly in the form of Jack Hencher, who hit a game winning 40pts, but could not close the gap with Fury finishing with a slim 7pt win and a 82-75 score line and a place in the Play-Off Final the following day.

Fury's top scorers in the semi-final were Ali Fraser on 25 and Jonny Bunyan on 23 with 5 threes. Murray Hendry had 13 with Eddie Leginas on 9 and Ammar Ilyas on 7.

The Final saw Fury face St Mirren with the league record showing 2-1 in games in Fury's favour between the sides. Fury were however focussed from the start and despite a close opening quarter that saw the Sony sponsored side lead 18-17, it was the second quarter that saw Fury take the game with an astonishing 32-8 period. Fury were on fire, while closing down Saint's offence and taking a 50-25 lead in at the half. It was a 23 -2 run that saw Fury take control of the game with 7 minutes of the second period remaining. In that phase Lithuanian Ziggy Dauksas made a huge impact off the bench with former BBL trio Jonny Bunyan, Ali Fraser and Murray Hendry also racking up points.

The third period saw a Jonny Bunyan 2pt play push the lead to 27pts but a St Mirren 10-0 run that followed brought the game back to 17. However a 21 -20 third for Fury and a 22-19 final period gave Fury the 93-64 win.

Top scorers in the Final were Ali Fraser on 31 pts with Jonny Bunyan on 20, Murray Hendry 15 and Ziggy Dauksas 13. Hendry once again completed a double-double with 12 rebounds.

The Fury team in the Play-Off Finals was - Keith Bunyan (c) , Eddie Leginas, Jonny Bunyan, Adnan Jalil, Murray Hendry, Ali Fraser, Ziggy Dauksas, Javon Daniels, Finlay Hendry, Ammar Ilyas, Bryan Munnoch and Daniel Velykyy.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan commentated to Heraldsport after his clubs 7th trophy of the season and his Men's teams 3rd -

" Winning in three different formats is never easy and while we achieved that a number of times, even taking one title in a season is special, so to get all three is extra special and that's down to the commitment and effort from the players throughout what has been a long a gruelling season, especially in the past few weeks where we have had a tough, far from easy schedule of games. Our semi-final saw us dig deep to get the win and then to really put on a show in the second quarter of the final was a real testimony to the focus and energy of the team. Throughout the season it has been a combined team effort in training, on the road and in front of our great fans, where we remained unbeaten all season. Winning 24 of our 26 games across the three competitions came from having the best defensive record in the league and a multiple way to put points on the board. We took no game for granted as there are so many great teams and players that we competed against every week. Ali, Jonny and Murray have regularly put big numbers up for us and played great defence, but the whole team has played it's part. Our Lithuanian duo of Eddie - a key player every game and Ziggy who went from 3 minutes in the semi-final to 28 mins and 13pts in the final showed how he was ready to step up when needed.

Adnan, Javon, Finlay, Ammar, Keith and Bryan have all played big parts during the season on and off court and our junior Daniel has been great in practice and has benefitted from being part of a formidable group of players.

The team has focussed in and we went on an almost 4 month winning run as we picked off each title in February, March and April. Thanks to all our sponsors and all the media support we have had from the Falkirk Herald in keeping basketball and our sport in a much deserved limelight. "



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