Tomorrow (Tuesday) we have normal training, £3 per session, all players welcome
On Thursday a combination of our Division 3 & 4 squads are helping the Strathclyde Masters prepare for their upcoming tournament by hosting them for a friendly. As always, we welcome supporters into the hall.
Last night, the Awards Night brought the 2017/18 season to an official end.
With last week's AGM, preparations have now started for the 2018/19 season for Paisley Basketball Club.
Sessions will continue through May & June, with open runs at Paisley Grammar on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10pm. £3 per person per night, or £5 if attending both sessions in a week.
The end of June will then see us return to Paisley University / UWS Robertson Campus for the 20th year(?) on a Tuesday night 7.30 - 9.30pm. £4 per person per night.
Please check this page for any changes!
Each summer sees some comings and goings and this year will be no different. If any players are interested in joining the club, then please contact the club via firstname.lastname@example.org
The club is looking to source funds to purchase new strips for each team and to support the club. If anyone knows of any interested companies, then please contact us at email@example.com.
Everyone at Paisley Basketball Club would like to congratulate our Division 3 squad in being triumphant in their chase of the SLBA Division 3 title. Finishing with a league record of 13-1 with their only loss being a narrow one away to Blantyre X.
We would also like to congratulate our own Scotty Russell who finished as that division’s top scorer with 27.2 PPG.
Last night, our Division 3 team travelled to the east end to play the second game in a double header against Glasgow Storm 3.
Having beaten Storm 82-27 just a few days earlier, Paisley were a little complacent at the start of the game. With a couple of extra faces in the Storm team, their offence clicked and they raced out to an early lead.
The offence of Paisley was sluggish, with too many shots going up from outside, against Storm's tight zone.
Missing 3 of their inside players, Paisley had second chance opportunities significantly reduced from Thursday's game.
The half time score saw Storm retain their lead with a score of 27-24.
Into the second half, Paisley stepped up their defence and started to take control of the game.
With some half court pressure, Storm were forced into making mistakes and Paisley finally started to make some baskets (into what was considered a more favourable basket).
Paisley were able to run their strong bench and dominated in the offensive end, both inside and out, scoring 62 points in the second half.
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.