Glasgow Rens 48 v 78 St Mirren West College Scotland
The undefeated St Mirren West College Scotland Junior Men faced a big Rens side who have been improving since a first day defeat to Saints. The Saints line-up was without the speed and energy of the suspended Ally Harris and a number of injured younger players. The starting line-up was Jack Thomson, Mikey Irvine, Brad Low, Ross Pigott and Robbie Stevenson for this important Scottish Cup Quarter-final.
Rens were first to score after collecting several rebounds, however, Jack Thomson quickly replied with two scores from the free throw line. The game was very tight in the early stages, with the Saints defense typically frugal, giving the opposition neither time or space to operate. The Rens were equally impressive at the back and neither team could find it’s scoring touch in the first few minutes, although the Rens found their range with a few three-pointers. Scores were exchanged until a minute left in the quarter and Saints just ahead 11:12. Stewart Berry was the first Paisley sub, who joined the fray and the team started to find it’s scoring rhythm and the Rens appeared to be tiring. A buzzer beating three-pointer from Robbie Stevenson was the highlight of a strong finish to the quarter which ended 12:19.
The Saints started the second the way they ended the first with Mikey Irvine hitting a long range three-pointer. Owen Speirs now on as Saints continued to dominate and Rens were kept out of the paint and unable to score. Two mins into the second quarter the score was 26:12, a run of 14-1 for the last four minutes. Ben Mitchell on and Rens starting to come back into the match slightly score 10:20, for the quarter and 22-39 for the half.
Louis McLean on at the start of the second half, which started with Rens scoring from the free throw line. A great defensive block by Brad Low and quick break from Robbie Stevenson was typical of the control Saints had on the tie as the score moved on to 29:49, with three minutes gone. There was increased intensity from Rens and both defenses were on top and neither team scored for three minutes. Mark Sanderson the last member off the bench on, as coach Stephenson started to rotate the team. A few three pointers from Mikey Irvine got the board ticking again as Saints moved further ahead. Mark Sanderson finished off a good team move to make the score 31:60, but it was Jack Thomson who scored the basket of the match late in the quarter, as he managed a three-pointer to beat the shot clock as he fell to the ground under heavy Rens pressure. The final score of the quarter followed a great block and pass by Jack Thomson who fed the tireless Ross Piggot, who scored with ease. Score for the quarter 10:26 with a match score of 32-65.
The final quarter started with a Mikey Irvine three-pointer, however, the Saints lost their intensity, and the entire team swapped out with 7 mins left and the score 34:68. Saints continued with their foot off the gas and Rens were able to dominate and the game ran out, although Stewart Berry managed a few late scores. Rens won the final quarter, 16:13, however, Saints ran out comfortable winners and the match finished with a final score of 48-78.
With Saints biggest rival Falkirk Fury, squeezing past Stirling Knights by three points, in the same section of the draw, this sets up an exciting Semi-Final clash, to be played during the first weekend in December.Next week it is back to league action, in what will be the half-way point of the season, and the Saints will be travelling to the east end of Glasgow to play a Glasgow City side, who have struggled all season.