This Friday, the Game of the week team will be travelling to Grangemouth Sports Complex to watch Sony centre Fury play host to Boroughmuir Blaze in the SBC league.
The home team, Sony Centre Fury currently sit atop the league with a 6-1 record with their only loss coming at the hands of St. Mirren. With the core of Eddie Leginas, Adam Hammerschidt and Keith Bunyan all posing a legitimate threat from deep, the team have been putting up a league-high average of 82.3 points per game, causing nightmares to opposing defenses. Coupled with the fact that Fury have a number of talented role players, Fury are likely to continue to be the team to beat this season. However, the injury to Ross Gibson has been a tough loss for Fury, meaning they have to play without the inside presence and rebounding that he brings to the team.
Fury Coach, john Bunyan had the following to say ahead of Friday’s fixture;
“Blaze have been one of our most consistent challengers for honors in the past 5 seasons and this will be a key game in the title race. We go into the game on the back of fantastic effort from our players that saw us come back from 17 down with 6 minutes to play to take the win over Edinburgh University – a team with a very strong roster. Blaze also go relatively deep and while we have gone 6 – 1 this season, its not been plain sailing. I expect a very tough game and our fans are looking forward to what I am sure will be a very exciting game.”
Captain, Keith Bunyan also had the following to say about their matchup with Blaze;
“Friday will be a very tough game against Blaze, they play a high tempo pressure game and we will need to be focused and ready to deal with that style of play. We have had some close results lately and injuries to our squad have meant a few changes to our regular rotations. As always we need to work hard together as a team and be prepared for a fast paced physical game.”
The visitors, Boroughmuir Blaze come into Firday’s game sitting in joint third position with Dunfermline with a 4-2 record. Always a contender in past years, Blaze have struggled against top competition so far this season, having being handed losses by Reign and St. Mirren. Despite this, Blaze have shown that they are a side to be reckoned with, coming away with +25 point wins against Stirling Knights, Pleasance and Glasgow Storm as they continue to be one of the more consistent half-court offenses in the league. With an exceptionally deep roster in which any player could easily go off for 20 points, Eoghann Dover remains the steadfast of the team, averaging 15.4 points across 5 games.
Dover had the following to say in the lead up to Friday’s game;
“I’m excited for the game at Falkirk, they always have a good crowd and it always adds a little bit extra to these games.
Our focus is trying to set the tempo and shut down their three point shooting. They’re a real good team who have been playing together for years. They were champions for a reason last year so it’ll be a very tough game. Their results have been a bit mixed this year but they are good at grinding out results. They definitely have lost a bit of size without Ross Gibson, who I wish well and hope is making a speedy recovery from his horrible injury. that’s one of the areas they have hurt us in the past so it’ll be an interesting match up.”
Ben Warrington also added;
“Our focus on Friday needs to be on doing what we do well offensively, and tackling Falkirk’s three point threat at the other end. With their success over the past few seasons they have set the benchmark that everyone else is trying to reach, and so we need to make sure we are up for the challenge.”
Sony Centre Fury will host Boroughmuir Blaze at 8.00pm on Friday 27th October at Grangemouth Sport Complex.
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