IN their first game since the disappointing Scottish cup final loss to Edinburgh Kings Troon Tornadoes got back to winning ways with a 82-78 victory over Falkirk Fury in a game that went to the wire.

Tornadoes were without a match last weekend and also without key forwards Ross Campbell and Ritchie Martin for this game and after a sluggish start, it looked as if Fury would run all over the home side.

Tornadoes managed to score but they found it difficult to stop Fury particularly, Keith Buyan and Daniel Donnelly from behind the 3 point arc. By half time Tornadoes trailed Fury 36-45.

It seemed to be a different Tornadoes team in the second half with Andy Pearson in showing a shooting form with has eluded him since the opening weeks of the season. Ifadade Thomas also came to life and Fury found his quickness in the open floor to hard to handle.

By the start of the last quarter Tornadoes held a slender lead and although Fury (on the back of some big three point shots) managed to tie the game Tornadoes held their nerve to seal an important victory.

Tornadoes men have no game this weekend then finish the season with away game to Kings and Fury. Team: Ally Hornell, Stuart Ramsey, Ifadade Thomas, Ashley Holm, Euan Campbell (capt), Andy Pearson, Stuart Gallacher, Josh Crolley, Marco Panagopolous.

Tornadoes Cadets made it a clean sweep this season against Dunfermline Reign when they beat the Fife team 75-63. Reign could not cope with Tornadoes pressure defense and at the end of the first quarter Tornadoes led 25-9 and by half-time had extended the margin to 35-11. In the second half Tornadoes coach took the opportunity to run his bench and try different tactical options, at both ends of the floor, and this allowed Reign to get some degree of respectability in the score line. Jordan McIwraith (28 points), Daniel Muir (22 points, four three point baskets) and Robb Loughlin (14 points) were Tornadoes double digit scorers.

Tornadoes junior and cadet teams host Perth Phoenix on Saturday at Marr College in their last home games of the national league season.Many of the players who play for Tornadoes under age teams will be lining up on different teams this week as 2 Ayrshire schools Basketball finals will be contested on Thursday at the Citadel Leisure Centre in Ayr.

The open boys final tips off at 4.15 pm and Marr College and Cumnock Academy are the finalists. The under-15 boys final is between Largs Academy and James Hamilton Academy and this should tip off at 5.45 pm.