Falkirk Fury 95 vs 96 St Mirren West College Scotland

West College Scotland Saints enjoyed a big week in basketball as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 team was announced and the super weekend arrived with what was surely League deciding fixtures against Falkirk and Edinburgh Kings.

Saints Captain, long time MVP and one of the league’s top scorers, Nick Collins was named to the Scotland team along with the experienced and much improved Christopher Cleary, who has also been signed for the Glasgow Rocks to play in the BBL.    Former Saints junior player 17 year old Callan Low was also named on the team to go to Australia in March.

On Friday, Saints while not sitting top of the league due to having two games in hand, had the best record with only two losses, the other contenders were closing in with Falkirk, Edinburgh and Boroughmuir all with three loses. Of the three Edinburgh were the only team to have beaten Saints in the league, by 10 points early in the season.

Friday night’s game in Grangemouth against Falkirk was mathematically quite simple, a win would be great but a loss by less than 13 points would do.  On the same night in Edinburgh the other two contenders were playing, an Edinburgh loss being the best result for the Saints.

Back to Grangemouth and a shaky start by the Saints soon had things looking interesting, 18 points behind at the end of the first period and a few minutes in to the second period saw the deficit at 23 points. Saints as often has happened this season decided it was time to dig themselves out the hole and sure enough a response from Cleary and Chris Barron on the shooting had the deficit down to 14 at 53-39 at half time. Saints were now working hard and Falkirk looked to be tiring as the once dead cert 3 pointers started to drop short. The lead disappeared and by the end of the third Saints were only down 73-70.

Momentum is often talked about and Saints used it to their best advantage as they kept on rolling to the final whistle helped by a late shooting performance from veteran guard Colin Railley.   As many as 7 points in front late in the final period, Saints withstood the final push from the home team to win at 96-95. Cleary on 22, Barron on 21 Collins 18 and Railley on a late 12 points were Saints top scorers.

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