In the 2004/5 season, we had a young German, Maik Fischer, playing for our team in the Strathclyde League. During that season, he brought his hometown team, TuS Petersfehn, over to Scotland for a friendly game against Paisley at Hyndland HS in the west end of Glasgow.
In October 2018, Maik is bringing his team back to Scotland to play a couple of friendlies against Paisley and his team from his time in Edinburgh.
If anyone from the game back in February 2005 or who played that season, is interested in playing, or coming along, then please let me know.
Well no one said it was going to be easy to make the play offs!
Paisley’s Division 4 team welcomed Ayr Masters to St Benedict’s on Monday as the pool games near the crucial final stages with 3 teams fighting for 2 spots. 1st (Paisley) versus 3rd (Ayr) and a win would see Paisley over the line and in to the play off spots regardless of other results. Ayr Masters were the only team to take points off Paisley this season though. Paisley were keen on a bit of revenge.
Ayr started brightly sinking some early jump shots through player/coach Tommy Campbell. Paisley were fired up too and some fast passing and driving attacks were making the Ayr zone move and creating a few scores. However, in what was to be a problem for the whole night, the finishing wasn’t there for Paisley and the chance to square things slipped away. End of the first quarter and Ayr lead Paisley by 3. 18-15.
Into the second and Paisley tried to ramp up the tempo. A few steals and turnovers from Paisley lead to a couple of converted fast breaks chipping away at Ayr’s lead. Unfortunately T. Campbell suffered an ankle injury and had to retire from the game. Ayr’s number 9 kept up the pressure though landing another one of what would be 5 three pointers on the night. However a late free throw and drive from Paisley guard Craig Gordon would ultimately tie the game at the half 28 - 28. Nothing separating the teams and an exciting game for the small band of spectators.
The third would prove to be the stumbling quarter for Paisley. The team successfully slowed the scoring of Ayr’s number 9 with aggressive man to man D, but at the other end the ball wasn’t dropping. Worse still, Ayr were able to break and convert after Paisley missed and at the end of the quarter had opened up an 8 point lead, 46 - 38.
Paisley came out fighting in the 4th and would have their highest scoring quarter amassing 20 points. Coach Smith implemented a full court press which lead to some extra scores or at least forced turnovers from Ayr. The lead was slowly chipped away but Ayr were well organised on defence and every basket was hard fought plus they were doing enough to tick over the scoreboard at the other end with good shooting and aggressive rebounding.
In the final seconds of the match and two points down Paisley guard Neil Paterson would step on to the line and sink both free throws to tie the game with 5 seconds to go. Overtime looked to be looming. Ayr smartly called a time out bringing them up to the half to start their next possession. Number 9 had scored 21 points so it was likely the final play would see the ball in his hands and sure enough as the ball came in and was worked round 9 shot high under pressure from outside the 3 point line towards the hoop. As it turned out the ball would fall short of the hoop only for a quick thinking Ayr guard to sprint in to the paint, catch the airball and drop in a lay up and win the game.
Ayr win 60-58. Any revenge will have to wait til next season.
In the meantime Paisley must focus on their last pool game of Division 4A when they head to Renfrew next Thursday for what is now a must win game to make the play offs. Paisley emerged victorious at home when the teams met in the first game of the season and now to bookend proceedings they face Renfrew again. First versus second and a play off place at stake.
With the season well underway Paisley’s Division 4 squad returned home looking to keep up their winning start. Their Opponents were Ayr Storm 2 who, like Paisley, had recently beat Bishopton Broncos. It was a hard game to predict.
An Ayr puncture on the road forced a late tip. Paisley brought a full bench but Ayr looked a little light in numbers so Coach Smith decided to run the bench and keep up the pace of the game.
In quarter 1 the game was a bit edgy. Maybe the late start had upset the karma in the hall but despite leading for most of the quarter there was tension throughout the Paisley team with passes and shots missing their mark. The quarter ended 15-11 in Paisley’s favour but at the end of the period the squad knew they had to relax a little and play with a bit more freedom.
The second quarter blew the game wide open. Paisley relaxed and had their highest scoring quarter of any game this season. 3 pointers were dropping, big men dropping in from close range and guards were getting nice drives. At the other end of the court guards hussled for turnovers defensively while the big men were eating up every rebound. Ayr only managed to score 7 points and as a half court buzzer beater dropped for Paisley at the end of the half you could sense it was going to be Paisley’s night.
The full bench would continue to get a run out and Paisley would win both the remaining quarters and increase their lead. The game ended with a 36 point victory 75 - 39.
A game played in good spirit by both teams and Paisley now look ahead to face the other Ayr team in the league… Ayr Masters… in a few weeks time.