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Paisley Basketball ClubSaturday, November 18th, 2017 at 10:51am
Congratulations to our friends at Origins Fitness on winning the another Rocco Award from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. Well done guys!!
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Paisley Basketball ClubWednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 10:19am

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.
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Paisley Basketball ClubSaturday, October 28th, 2017 at 10:47am

This week Paisley’s Div 4 team headed to Erksine… (and arrived late due to road closures)…. to face Bishopton Broncos. A relatively new team making their debut in the league but who had already beaten Paisley twice by narrow margins in pre season friendlies. It was likely to be a close match.

Paisley were full of fight and confidence following two wins but it took time to get any sort of rhythm going. Coach Smith had felt previous first quarters were sluggish and had asked for 10 scores this quarter but it would be Bishopton who would make the 20 point target. Most of their scores were coming from their skilled No. 9 guard and big inside man Chaz Stuart. Encouragingly 5 different players would score for Paisley in the first quarter, but only once and Paisley found themselves down 7 at the end of the 1st quarter. Not the best start.

The second quarter started with No.9 for Bishopton hitting an early 3 and suddenly Paisley were 10 down. However that would be Bishopton’s most significant damage in the quarter and their biggest lead. Paisley went on a 10 and 0 run including a neat 3 pointer from assistant coach Roy McPherson. Bishopton only scored 3 times this quarter and at the half Paisley were up 29-27.

The first half featured a poor quarter by both teams but the second half was a good old fashioned end to end slug with misses and scores on both sides. Slug is the right word because the first 10 of Paisley’s points this quarter were from the free throw line. Paisley got in to foul trouble too as both teams fought hard to win the game. Paisley also were guilty of turning the ball over and well executed fast breaks by Bishopton were hurting. The lead switched hands. In fact only one point separated the teams this quarter but Paisley edged it and had a 3 point lead to defend going in to the last.

A lead they promptly lost! It was soon a tie game again. It was Paisley’s turn to put their opponents on the foul line and Bishopton would hit 6 points here and as a double whammy Paisley lost their season high scorer Euan Renfrew as he fouled out the game. A couple of old heads would keep Paisley in the game though. Guard Craig Gordon was putting in a shift on D against number 9 but also had a jump shot firing that would give Paisley 18 points on the night and significantly 8 in a row of these were in this crucial quarter. As the game neared the final minute centre Stuart Stevenson found himself on the line for 3 shots through a foul and a technical foul by Bishopton and he sank them all under pressure. With under a minute to go and the game tied Paisley would be the ones to get the all important score as 2 man Neil Paterson rolled in a reverse lay up. Bishopton had to foul, Paisley sank the resulting free throws and finally the tension on the Paisley bench was relaxed as they were 4 points up with 3 seconds to go.

Credit to Bishopton. They were still hustling and marking tightly right at the end of the game and well done to both teams who had really fought hard for this one. In one final, and slightly audacious twist, the last 3 seconds would see Paisley guard Neil Paterson gently hand the ball to his defender from the sideline and it was a surprise to everyone. But the ball was now in play, the clock started and within moments the buzzer sounded. Paisley win 63 - 59
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Paisley Basketball ClubWednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 7:47am
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Paisley Basketball ClubMonday, October 9th, 2017 at 10:11am
Proud of the guys at Origins Fitness getting nominated this week for the ROCCO award for Renfrewshire's Favourite Business.

Let's hope they can repeat last year's success.
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Paisley Basketball ClubMonday, October 9th, 2017 at 8:41am
Paisley Div 3 go 2 and 0.

Paisley continued their good start to the season with a high scoring game down in Dumbarton. The game ended 96-78 to Paisley with a player in each side scoring 40 points.

Coach Brown had this to say " I am really pleased as to how we are coming together as a unit. We had a good spread of points throughout the team and spread well across the four quarters. There is a really good mix of experience and exuberance on the team. I really think looking at the team that it is clear that we are enjoying our basketball. It's difficult to be critical after a 17 point win and an 18 point win. My only concern is our output defensively in the fourth quarter, we have given up a lot of points."

The first quarter Paisley were sluggish out of the blocks and were struggling with a slightly different 3-2 press zone than they were used to playing. With Dumbarton 12-2 up after 4 or so minutes Coach Brown took a time out and took the players to task over how we had performed. This perked up guard Ciaran Hughes who following good pressure and some steals had some nice lay ups to get easy baskets ending the quarter 22-19 down. This was a good result though after having been 12-2 down earlier.

The second quarter was a totally different story with Paisley’s pressure defence which had been slightly changed to stop the open 3 pointers that Dumbarton player M Johnston had been getting but also got them some nice steals and easy run out baskets. The half ended 40-29 to Paisley.

Quarter three was all about the dominant play of Scott Russell who took on a lot of the heavy scoring and poured in 17 points in this quarter. The Paisley defence wasn’t as dominant as the team was tiring and this allowed Dumbarton to get some points on the board although Paisley won this quarter 28-18. The score at the end of the third was 68-47 to Paisley.

The fourth quarter was a high scoring one with a total of 59 point being scored by both teams. Scott continued his scoring streak with 14 points but Dumbarton’s Johnston came roaring back in this quarter with 16 point of his own. The quarter was won by7 Dumbarton 31-28. With Paisley only 4 points away from the century a couple of what can only be described as brain-farts caused two offensive fouls on back to back plays. The game was closed out 96-78 by Paisley in the end.

Scotty Russell and M Johnston joint top scorers with 40 points.

Scotty Russell 40
Wei Hao Wong 17
Ciaran Hughes 16
Neal Mcclure 12
Ian Warden 6
John Thomson 4
Stephen Muldoon 1
Craig Morning Goose Egg
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Paisley Basketball ClubSunday, October 8th, 2017 at 8:42am

Buzzer Beater Forces Overtime In Dunoon!

Paisley boarded the ferry to Dunoon in good spirits from their win on Monday against Renfrew. Friday night in Dunoon is always a tricky time to play and last year Paisley narrowly lost to Dunoon home and away so the suspicion was it would be a close game and this turned out to be the case.

The first quarter wasn’t much to write home about. Both teams started on edge with neither hitting their stride. Paisley started with a man to man defence targeting Dunoon shooters and playmakers they’d come up against last season and largely the defensive plan worked. However, as was the case on Monday, the finishing wasn’t there at the other end of the court and neither team hit double figures in the first quarter. Paisley just edged it 9-7.

Q2 and the baskets started dropping for both teams. After a gruelling ten minutes of man defence Coach Smith switched to a 3-2 zone but Paisley didn’t work it hard enough and gaps appeared for the Dunoon shooters who took advantage of the space and hit some neat jump shots. Paisley ran the bench and reverted to man marking and scores from Paisley’s Euan Renfrew and Paddy Hastie kept the quarter tight. Dunoon edged this one and at the half were up a point 24-23.

The game came to life in the second half but not necessarily with an upgrade in quality basketball. Tired legs on both sides made the game flow quickly end to end. Paisley had a spell of poor boxing out and Dunoon capitalised. Player Coach Gavin Smith took a bad run in to a Dunoon screen that lead to a game ending whiplash neck injury. Paisley opened up a small lead that was chipped back. It was eventful, but scoring was low and at the end of the third quarter Paisley were up 33-31.

Going in to the 4th paisley reminded themselves how well they’d finished on Monday against Renfrew and went in to the final quarter full of optimism to extend their lead and win the quarter. It wasn’t to be. If anything Dunoon looked more comfortable. They took a one point lead and then with time ticking away Dunoon guard J Mullolland broke down the wing, got fouled in the act of shooting, made the shot (a tricky shot) and gave Dunoon a 3 point lead with 7 seconds to go. As he stepped up to the free throw for the potential bonus point it was clear from the cheers on the Dunoon bench they thought that score was the winning shot. Paisley had other ideas. As the free throw bounced out Paisley grabbed the rebound, broke forward and a couple of quick passes found inside man Valdas Raguskas at the 3 point line. He released just before the buzzer sounded and the ball dropped clean through the hoop to send the game in to overtime. Tie game. 44-44

The lift from the buzzer beater was undeniable and Paisley went in to overtime full of energy. Guards Nigel Muyaba and Craig Gordon made quick scores and the shots were suddenly dropping. Paisley scored 8 unanswered points and scored 12 in this 5 minute extra period to see it out. A great spirited team performance. It wasn’t Paisley’s finest display but the feel good factor remains as a good week for the Div 4 team ended with beers on the ferry celebrating Valdas and his audacious 3 pointer.

Paisley win 56-46
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Paisley Basketball ClubWednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 9:59am

Paisley Division 4 got their season underway with a home game against Renfrew Rocks. Paisley were fired up but perhaps it was first game nerves that lead to a somewhat stuttery start. The big men were getting good looks under the hoop but the ball wasn’t dropping and Paisley soon found themselves 8 points behind Renfrew with half the quarter gone. However it was a low scoring quarter for both teams and Paisley were rebounding and boxing out well as the ball bounced off the rim at both ends. Big man Stuart Stevenson was strong on the defensive rebounds taking 16 out of the air across the game. Paisley grafted and chipped away at Renfrew’s lead and with a few seconds to go the game was tied at 10 a piece… only for Renfrew to sucker punch the effort and score a buzzer beating three at the end. Renfrew lead 13 - 10.

Into the second and Paisley switched from Man defence to a zone, giving the Rocks something new to think about and it caused the visitors some problems. At the other end Paisley used their height advantage and big men Luke Merrick, Euan Renfrew and Stuart Stevenson would all find themselves on the scoresheet this quarter. Add to that some aggressive drives from guards Neil Paterson and Craig Gordon Paisley were not only back in the game but up at the half 24 - 22. Not the highest half time score by any means, but credit to Paisley for their aggressive defence that frustrated Renfrew.

The third quarter would see the return of poor finishing. In fact only one player would score for Paisley this quarter with Euan Renfrew netting 8 of his 20 point game in this ten minutes. Seasoned Rocks guard Jordan Scott rallied from the wings and scored 8 unanswered points for the visitors including 2 three pointers. A disappointing third and Paisley lost the quarter and the lead and were down 4 going in to the 4th.

In a tight game full of first match of the season spirit, the 4th was always going to be a case of who wants it more and Paisley came out fighting. The ball movement was quick and there was lots of effort on defence that forced turnovers and shut down any threat from the Rock’s previous main scorers. Paisley hit their first three pointers of the game (they only made two the whole game but still… a good time to make them) and strung together a number of good offences and finishes. Paisley would score nearly half their total points in this one quarter as they opened up the biggest lead of the game between the teams. It was a strong finish, a spirited performance and a great opening result!

Paisley win 56 -46.
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Paisley Basketball ClubFriday, September 29th, 2017 at 11:48pm
Around 11 and a half years ago, one of the founders of Paisley Basketball Club was taken from us by cancer. Ronnie Mather coached at the club and was a major influence in basketball in the West of Scotland for many years.

In memory of my dad, my wife Nicola Irvine, is braving the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday 7th October.

Getting your hair shaved off is a huge commitment to charity, when a coffee morning or Stoptober would have been far easier options.

Please support Nicola by donating via the link below and by sharing this post.

Thanks for your support,

Calum Mather
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Paisley Basketball ClubFriday, September 29th, 2017 at 9:50am
Paisley v Chryston Cougars - Division 3

Paisley win 85-68!!

Tonight saw the division 3 start with a home game against league stalwarts Chryston Cougars. These matches always throw up competitive games.

It also saw paisley give debuts two debuts to Ciaran Hughes and Ben McGeown. There were also returns for Paul Roberts and Scott Russell.

Paisley started with a strong five and made a good start but found with their rotation the intensity was difficult to maintain. Chryston pair Daniel Black and Richard McKenna were causing Paisley problems with good quick drives and good outside shooting. The first quarter finished 20-18.

The second quarter started scrappily and Paisley allowed Chryston to get into a rhythm and were up a couple of points when a bad looking injury happened to Richard McKenna on the baseline which meant he could not play for the rest of the game. With Chryston being knocked by this it allowed paisley to stretch the lead at the half to 42-32.

The third quarter continued in a similar way to the second quarter where Paisley got a good spread of points across the squad. They also held Chryston to 10 points which meant that the end of the third was 62-42.

In the fourth quarter Chryston talisman Daniel Black really hit his stride scoring 16 points in this quarter alone which helped him to a game high 28 points. Paisley still scored 23 points in this quarter to actually score their highest quarter points total with the game finishing 85-68. Calum scored a deep post up late to ensure that every in Paisley White scored.

Everyone at Paisley hopes that the injury to Richard is not as serious as it looked and he will be back on the court as soon as possible.

On a night when everyone for Paisley scored the points split is as below.

Calum 2
Ciaran 14
Ben 7
Scott 13
Stephen 6
Paul 12
John 6
Ian 4
Neal 15
Craig 6
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Paisley Basketball ClubThursday, September 28th, 2017 at 9:00pm
A busy five day period for the club sees all three teams start their assault on their respective leagues.

Tonight sees our division three team start their challenge for the title at home to the Chryston Cougars. Coach Brown is looking to start strong and put down a marker for the season.

Sunday sees our division two team looking to bounce back from the disappointment of relegation and start working towards getting back into division one. They open the season away to the Ayrshire Tornadoes in what should be an interesting matchup.

Monday sees our division four squad opening their season at home to the Renfrew Rocks. With a league which is split and working towards playoffs the division four team will be looking for a strong start to set the tone for the year.

Good luck to all our teams as they start their seasons.
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Paisley Basketball ClubMonday, September 11th, 2017 at 5:08am
Congratulations to our very own Fraser Canning who was voted MVP of the SLBA Division One and Two Tournament today.

The team went 4-2 but our congratulations also go to the Renfrew Rocks who won the tournament with a 6-0 record.
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Paisley Basketball ClubWednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 9:25am
Due to Paisley Grammar being unavailable, training will not be on this Thursday 7th Sept.
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Paisley Basketball ClubThursday, August 10th, 2017 at 11:41pm
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!!!
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