At the weekend, some of our squad travelled to Newcastle for a couple of pre-season friendlies against The Whickham Warriors. The link between the two clubs is based on each having a male member of the Warden family in their squad, so we decided to call this the "Warden Invitation Cup" with the winners receiving the very expensive and exquisitely built trophy, based on the aggregate winner from the two games.
On Saturday we were joined by former players Josh Stokes, who now lives in Newcastle and is looking to join Whickham following these games, and Richy Summerbell, who was visiting home but who hopes to return to the Paisley ranks soon!
After a pre game chat with all involved, the game started in usual Paisley fashion, a little slow. We can put this down to the players having not played together before and Whickham made an early start and built up a nice little lead. We ran our bench so everyone got onto the court early and with the young legs of Kieran Kelly & Ciaran Hughes on the floor we got a few easy baskets. We kept this momentum heading into the 2nd quarter, even as some of us older guys (Craig Morning, Ian Warden & David Robbie) got back on the floor, by stepping up the defensive intensity a little. Good battling inside meant that we were able to secure a few rebounds from missed shots, this led to Richy and Chris MacNeil converting a few extra shots in transition. We went into the half knackered but up by a few points.
The second half continued in a very similar way, we kept the pressure up and Rory Anderson and the rest of the guards got good easy lay-ups in transition after stealing the ball from the opposition. Whickham tried to pull things back and got our double-digit lead back down to 4 before we managed to get a few scores.
The 4th was a quarter of two halves, the 1st half was competitive as we traded baskets and the lead stayed pretty consistent. The last 5 minutes of the game became more about us not losing and throwing away the lead, so yes, as you can guess that’s what we started to do! Give credit to the Whickham guys though, they increased the pressure on the ball handlers and had chance to get the win. A couple of clutch baskets and same good ball movement to run out the clock and Paisley were able to walk away with a victory on day 1 by 7 points.
The Sunday was a little different, Richy didn’t play as he was travelling north that afternoon but the squad was bolstered by the arrival, on the Saturday night, of Stephen Muldoon and an unnamed friend. The most important addition to our squad however were the hangovers the most of us had. Please take note everyone, playing with a hangover and little sleep does not make you better!
Whickham had a second squad to play us so they didn’t have the issues with fatigue that some of us were struggling with, not sure about hangovers though a couple may have been in the same position as us! This game was full of turnovers, missed shots and fouls and I’m glad there isn’t any video evidence of this game as you really wouldn’t want to use it for anything other than a warning! The game was competitive enough with the extra size of the home team giving them and advantage for the majority of the game. If it wasn’t for the shooting of our unnamed Sunday player we would have been nowhere near them as the 4th quarter started. At that point, it really was all to play for and so with a final push we had a couple of opportunities to steal a victory in this second game just to come up a short and lose by 3. So after two close games, played in great spirit by all involved, we were able to bring the trophy back to Scotland to await a return set of fixtures in the future!!!
As of next week (01/08/17) the Tuesday night sessions that we are running are no longer open sessions and are for players who have signed or are intending to sign for the club for the 2017-2018 season.
Registration forms will be available on the night.
Our open sessions continue at the University of the West of Scotland, Roberston Sports Centre, PA2 7TR tomorrow night (Tuesday) between 7.30 - 9.30pm at a cost £4 per session.
Our new coaching team are looking to instill the playing style they prefer ahead of next season so if you're looking to join our club now is an excellent time to do so before pre-season training starts in earnest in August.
Paisley Basketball Club are delighted to announce that from next season our 1st team squad will be coached by Phil Birch supported by his brother Frazer.
The Birch brothers are no strangers to Paisley Basketball Club having been involved at the club on and off for longer than they'd care to remember! They will both be known to the players that they'll be coaching having been involved in that team last season as players.
Phil said "We've both got a long history with the club and had many positive experiences. It's a great chance for us both to try and contribute to an organisation that will always be massively significant to us"
Here's hoping to a successful season under the tutelage of our new coaches.