IT was double cup joy for St Mirren West College Scotland last weekend as the club’s Cadet Men and Junior Men lifted the Scottish Cup at the Oriam Centre in Edinburgh.
The Under-18s Scottish Cup final saw Saints take on rivals Falkirk Fury and the young Saints Both teams struggled to score in the opening minutes of the tie but it was Saints’ Captain Andrew Deighan who was able to get the game going as he scored an impressive seven points in the space of just three minutes for St Mirren.
But there was nothing to separate the teams going into the second period and with the scores tied at 19-19, the game was hanging in the balance.
Saints coach Liam Stevenson brought on some fresh legs and the Paisley side soon Saints edged ahead again. A composed 3-pointer from St Mirren youngster Chris Feeney, stretched the lead to 31-24.
With only three minutes remaining in the half, St. Mirren were threatening to run away with the game, the score at 39-27.
Falkirk finished the half the stronger of the sides, bringing the game back to within seven at the half.
Saints dominated the first five minutes of the third quarter and amassed a 62-41 lead.
Fury were left with it all to do in the final quarter at 66-47 and St Mirren looking like they would retain their trophy.
The MVP was Deighan who totalled 19 points and hauled down 15 rebounds in less than 25 minutes of play.
Saints top scorers were Callan Low on 21 points, and Deighan and Robbie Stevenson both with 19 points.
St Mirren WC Scotland 96 West Lothian Wolves 82 This match was a re-run of the 2016 Scottish Cup Final where West Lothian Wolves fell to St. Mirren, and revenge was not on the cards as Saints came through a tense clash.
Just like last year, the young Buddies have remained undefeated in all competitions this season, although Wolves have been knocking at the door, hungry to topple the league leaders in the cup.
St. Mirren struck first blood in the game with a fine layup from Brad Low. Wolves were missing lay-up’s while the power three Robbie Stevenson, Mikey Irvine and Chris Feeney were easily converting for Saints.
But, quickly, St Mirren’s lead began to diminish. None the less after one quarter, St. Mirren held a commanding 28-15 lead.
The second quarter was a closer affair, as the teams went basket for basket. Wolves brought Saints’ lead back to nine points.
It was St. Mirren captain Feeney who was the star of the third quarter, opening with back to back three-pointers and continuing on attacking the basket.
Saints’ lead had grown up to 27, at 74-47.
West Lothian were left with a mountain to climb to claim the Scottish Cup, the score-line reading 81-60. Wolves were not going to accept defeat.
Within three minutes they had closed the score to 83-72. The pace became frantic, both sides making entertaining plays on the fast break and with less than three minutes to play the score was 92-79 and Saints kept their composure to see the game out and ensure the trophy came back to Paisley.