FURY MEN TEST STUDENTS WITH A 62PT FIRST HALF
SONY CENTRE FURY 97 GLASGOW UNIVERSITY 70
Scottish Senior Men Championship - Division 1
Two opening quarters of 30-18 and 30-11 meant it was game over by the half as Fury played some great basketball to record their highest half time score of the season to date. The reigning Champions were in tremendous form, with their 62pts first half tally, having only 3 threes and 5 free throws, giving them a whopping 24 two point plays, 48 of the 62pts.
Fury's penetration to the basket, fast breaks and further 2 point shots from inside and around the key were a major factor in their strong offensive game.
Add to that a particularly strong 2cd quarter defensive performance, giving the Falkirk side a 32pt half time lead.
US star Trey Whitley with 16pts personal in that first half was a constant threat to the University side, with Bantu Burroughs and Marko Mladenovik adding to Fury's uptempo play. Inside - Lithuanian - Evaldis Burksaitis, Scot - Ross Gibson and Greek - Greg Fousas combined for 20pts in the first half, giving Fury a solid balanced offence.
The third saw Fury add a further 23pts as they reached 85pts going into the final quarter. With the Sony sponsored side now side-lining their starters, the scoring eased off as Fury closed with a 27pt win.
Whitley top scored on 23 with Bantu Burroughs, playing another superb game with 19 personal. Fury's recent signing Mladenovik had 11 with bigs Gibson and Burksaitis sharing 28pts. Connor Martin chipped in with two of Fury's 5 threes off the bench and a solid game at both ends of the floor.
Fury Headcoach John Bunyan commented to Heraldsport after the game -
' We have played some great games this season but we probably have not gelled as well as in that first half, where our offence was very good and our defence was strong. Given we have a great group of 3 point shooters, I think we adapted well to what Glasgow gave us and we showed we are not just a 3pt shooting team. We face the same team in an unusual set of games that means we play them again in the league in 6 days time and in the Cup quarter final, in 7 days time. They have many strong players and we will go into these games recognising, we need to continue to work hard to get the wins.'