SBC GotW Preview: Sony Centre Fury v City of Edinburgh Kings

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Sony Centre Fury v City of Edinburgh Kings 

Soho Wealth SBC Senior Men

Friday 22nd November

Grangemouth Sports Complex

Intro

Sony Centre Fury face City of Edinburgh Kings in Grangemouth on Friday night as the Soho Wealth SBC Game of the Week returns to the Senior Men’s division.

The two teams sit second and third in the table, with an equal record of 6-1 after 7 games.

The teams

A 98-88 defeat to Dunfermline Reign last Saturday saw Sony Centre Fury’s unbeaten start to the league campaign come to an end, having previously picked up wins over St Mirren, Blaze, Lions, Tornadoes, Phoenix and Glasgow University.

City of Edinburgh’s sole loss this campaign came at the hands of St Mirren in the second week of the season. Kings have since won every game, picking up a big win over 18/19 Champions Dunfermline Reign earlier this month.

From the Coaches

Sony Centre Fury’s John Bunyan is expecting a close match up on Friday:

“With now four teams at one loss in the Championship – ourselves, Kings, St. Mirren and Reign there is additional pressure when any of these four meet each other. Kings and Fury have a long history of being involved in big games and this one will be no different. Our roster and theirs, shows strength in the guard spot, from behind the arc and inside, so the sides are on paper evenly matched.

Both teams have had changes in their line-ups from last season and that can take time to fully adapt to, but both our records to date are solid and I am expecting a very competitive game with talented players on both sides. 

I know we will have a great crowd. We have the culmination of our Falkirk Jr NBA beforehand, so all these young players and families will be invited to watch what will be a top quality and I am sure exciting game.”

Paddy Campbell, City of Edinburgh’s Head Coach, knows his team will need to be at their best on Friday:

“We are looking forward to Friday’s matchup against Fury, and for the chance to test ourselves against one of the better teams in the league. It’s always a great atmosphere at our games against them in Grangemouth and although we have a young squad, we still have plenty of experience throughout the team to handle the game. 

We’ve been progressing well as the season goes on, our offense has been picking up as we’ve averaged over 100ppg over the last three games. We’ve got threats from all over the court and our guys are starting to settle into their roles which is letting us play to our abilities. We have always been a strong defensive team, and we currently hold the best defensive record in the league, so we are approaching Friday’s game with confidence. In saying all of that, we know how dangerous Falkirk can be and we’ll have to be at our very best to come away with the win.” 

Stay up to date

The game will be covered live via basketballscotland’s social channels – follow along on Twitter via @basketballscot

Supporters are also encouraged to head along to Grangemouth to watch the game.