U16 Girls vs Dunfermline Reign

Two great (and really close) games yesterday for the Panthers U16 Girls Team. By invitation; Panthers Girls headed to Perth on Saturday 2nd March to play the top team in the National Development League – Dunfermline Reign. Panthers girls finished the end of the first quarter leading 11 to 8 and the competitive tone of the game was set! The lead changed back and forth and going into the last quarter the score was 27 vs 29 (Reign up by 2). The Panthers girls kept competing until the final whistle, but with Reign scoring an easy lay-up the final score was Panthers 36 vs Reign 39. Lots of positives to take from both games; we had much more possession of the ball; we were always threatening the basketball (need to work on finishing!), the team work and encouragement from team members (especially older Caitlin) was fantastic. We had 5 under 14 players on court yesterday, and when you consider that you still have 2 or 3 years to develop at this age-group – it is a really positive thing and great for building up your experience – you should all go into next weekends U14 RDL feeling more confident!

Special mention to Fraser Sim – who travelled with the team to be our table official – very well done Fraser!
Thanks to all the parents who supported the team by providing transport and cheering on the team from the side-lines.
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Weekend Round Up

A great weekend of basketball for the club with 7 out of 8 wins across all age groups. It started off on Friday night with a home league game for the men’s Pumas team in Division 2 securing a 10 point victory over Team LT, winning 79-69, the pumas were in control in most of the game and even stretched it out to a 24 point lead at one point but the dogged Team LT kept coming back and some impressive outside shooting along with poor decision making saw it finishing close than perhaps it should have.


Saturday saw the return of the RDL games for U17 Boys and U18 Girls with both securing victory in all of 4 of the matches the boys worked hard whilst giving their large squad valuable experience on court against Beacon and Mackie.  The girls found their confidence after slow start to the season with some impressive tough defence and some nice ball movement and rotation to create problems for both Banchory and ISA.


Sunday proved to be no day of rest for the U16 National Development League squad (most of whom had played in the two RDL games the day before) as they had a trip to Perth to face South Lanarkshire Colliers, they finally came out on top to go an impressive 6-0 in this seasons NDL.

The action then turned to Div 1 local league clash for the Panthers Senior men’s team against the always difficult Beacon Grizzlies 1st team. Panthers came out at a blistering pace and a combination of outside shooting and some good counter attacking work saw a 21-9 score at the end of the first quarter and they would stay in front for the remainder of the game. Beacon did push them all the way bringing the game back to a single digit difference at one point and where in past games they might have let that become a problem, Panthers saw the game out well and took the victory 94-77.


The weekend finished with the Stonehaven Jaguars playing in a Div 2 league game against current league leaders Beacon Grizzlies 2nd team. Unfortunately the difference in experience and strength was too much and the jags fell to 37-88 defeat.

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FREE Strength and Conditioning Sessions

Panthers Basketball Club are offering FREE strength and conditioning session to all members between now and Christmas.  The sessions will be delivered by Nick Ruta, who plays for Panthers Senior Men.
What qualifications do you have?:
I have an Adavanced Diploma in Personal Training along with qualifications in TRX and Kettlebells.
What is your favourite Exercise:

Trap Bar Deadlift –  best way to increase vertical leap.

What is your greatest achievement as basketball player:
Being a part of the Panthers back to back Chairman’s cup winning team 2012 and 2013.
What is your greatest achievement as a Personal Trainer:
Seeing the improvement in all of my past clients fitness.
Why is strength and conditioning important for basketball?:
Strength and conditioning is important in all sports and there’s a reason why all elite athletes have it included in their routine. However basketball is an explosive sport and requires a combination of speed, power and agility. This can all be enhanced by doing specific exercises that will give you an advantage over those you play against regardless of the level. Plus the added bonus is it’s good for your health and your mind. Those who exercise are likely to have more success in all aspects of their life.

Where: Stonehaven Leisure Centre

When: Thursday 6th, 13th and 20th December

Time: 8pm-9pm

Who: All players U14 and up

Cost: FREE for members (non members £3)

To book a place email panthersbasketballclub2006@gmail.com or message us through Facebook.

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Jags Lose It In The Fourth

The Jaguars senior men played their third game in 5 days in an away game to the Banchory Bucks. Jags were hoping to build on Sunday’s cup win, and looking to improve against the only team who beat them heavily last season, with Bucks beating Jags 99-50 around 12 months ago.

Despite the exhausting run of fixtures, Jags came out fast paced and full of energy as soon as the game tipped off. Bucks won tip and knocked down a shot straight away, but after that it was all Jags, who went on a 11-0 run with a three for both Romeo Rivera and Lewis Ross, and a three point play off a drive from Fergus Cran. Jags put on a dominant display of rebounding to go along with this with Craig Campbell and Fergus boxing out well. Defensively Jags were led by Harrison Bown who refused to be beaten himself, on top of playing help on his 4 teammates players as well. Bucks slowly got themselves going and high intensity and quick passing led to uncontested and open shots, which the Bucks hit every single time. With the game being tied 15-15, the last possession of the quarter was a deep three from Jordan Ross to give Jags the quarter 18-15.

The message to Jags was simple and that was “keep doing what we’re doing”. In the first shot of the quarter, Jordan Ross hit a second deep three. Jags opened up an 8 point lead which stayed with them for 7-8 minutes of the quarter, mainly down to Demver Rivera getting Bucks in early foul trouble. Demver repeatedly got fouled and put himself to the line, where he made it count. Just as they always do, Bucks remained focused and began a three point slaughter of Jags. Even with tough Jags defence and quick closing out, Bucks could not stop scoring. Bucks took the first half 41-30, but Jags stayed confident knowing they had a major control of the game for the majority of the half.

The Bucks simply picked up where they left off and drained three pointers on 3 consecutive possessions. Bucks opened up their highest lead of the night so far, going up by 15. With the young and inexperienced Jags team being pressured and struggling, the team looked to Romeo Rivera to take control and get Jags back into the game, and that he did. In around 3 minutes, Romeo hit 2 three pointers, 2 fast break layups, and a free throw, meaning Jags went into the fourth down only 3.

Jags knew they had a great chance of winning the game and put on a 5 of Harrison, Lewis, Romeo, Fergus, and Craig to finish the game. The fourth quarter is where Bucks upped all aspects of their game and Jags had zero answers to all Bucks were offering. Even though Bucks ran away with the game, the 5 on court were a credit to themselves and did the team proud. Craig and Fergus collected pretty much every rebound on both ends and fought for every loose ball, Harrison gave Jags the fast break option and played a one man half court press, and Lewis looked to be the only person to get Jags back into it with 2 threes that were near the half way line. A terrific improvement, a mature performance, and a lot of positives.


Jags Top Scorers:

Romeo Rivera – 22

Demver Rivera – 13

Lewis Ross – 11


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Senior Women Fall Just Short In Chairman’s Cup

In a rematch from last season, Panthers SW faced Grangemouth Ladies in the Chairman’s Cup. The game started well with Maria and Caitlin getting points on the board for Panthers. In the second quarter, Grangemouth began to extend their lead, but Panthers stayed in it with a huge quarter from Maria. Halftime score 22-37.

Starting the third quarter Panthers were put under full court pressure again and were extremely frustrated on offence with shots just not falling. It looked like the game was lost as Grangemouth extended their lead going into the final quarter 30 – 61.

The fourth quarter was one to watch! Panthers came out the blocks hard and fast applying pressure everywhere.  It was a defensive masterclass from Silvana, Linsi, Caitlin, June and Maria working together forcing turnover after turnover. The resulting fast breaks saw Panthers go on a 17-0 run. Unfortunately despite winning the fourth quarter 23-4 it was too little too late and Panthers were defeated.

Huge shout out to all of the Panthers players, playing and supporting.



Maria Biblioni – 31

Caitlin Robbie – 12

Silvana Frings – 4

June Buchan – 2

Elena Kiraly – 2

Linsi Urquhart – 2

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Panthers U16 Boys go 5-0

Panthers U16 boys were down in Edinburgh for an early afternoon tip vs Dundee Madsons. Both teams put their undefeated record on the line with Panthers looking to go 5-0. Panthers lost key player Matty Kiraly in the first 30 seconds with a wrist injury meaning they were down to 6 players. A back and forth game right down until the final few minutes where Panthers clinched the win under the pressure. With 2 players fouling out, Matty played through the pain so that Panthers could finish the game with 5. This win saw the boys win the NDL with a perfect 5-0 record. Lewis Ross and Aaron Donaldson top scored with 19 points each, on Aaron’s panthers debut. Nathan, Harrison, Blair and Scotty all played outstanding defence start to finish. A great team performance with every player being so valuable to the win.

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Grizzlies 74 – 47 Panthers

Panthers’ ladies started well with Maru scoring 2 quick baskets to give Panther an early lead.  This was followed with an outstanding 3 point score from Linzi to put Panthers in the lead 5 – 7, however Grizzlies started to put the ball inside and the score was soon level 9 – 9.  The first quarter ended 21 – 13, which was disappointing given our better start.

The second quarter began well with Julie starting her top point’s scorer run, by scoring 2 consecutive baskets.  Panthers kept this quarter closer with a point’s difference of 4, but Grizzlies’ Monica Janus put on a great display inside, with a huge individual 10 points for the quarter.  Half time score 33 – 21.

The half time break came; with coach Jackie and the team reasonably happy but agreeing that we needed to keep the middle tight on defence, so changed up our zone, this certainly worked keeping Grizzlies from scoring inside, but unfortunately gave opportunities for outside shots that Sarah Brady  made the most of and scored a brilliant run of 6 three-pointers putting the game out of reach and a big lesson learned for Panthers to close down the outside shot.  Positives in the 3rd quarter for Silvana as she worked well inside linking up with Maru and putting 6 points on the board.

Starting the 4th quarter with the score at 61 – 34, Panthers closed down the Grizzlies outside shot and a good all-round performance from Panthers kept the quarter score to 13 – 13, with Julie having an outstanding quarter on the fast-break, scoring 4 lay-ups and linking in well with Maru.  The game finished 74 – 47 and whilst a loss – lots of positives and things to work on for the next game.

All the Panthers ladies had good court-time; June had a solid game on defence and offence – scoring 6 points.  Also working hard on defence was Becca and Collette – who was unlucky to be called for a foul in the 4th quarter.  Rhona showed some great boxing out kept Panthers with possession at key moments in the game.  Elena found herself in some good shooting positions and now just needs to work on building confidence to take them.



Julie 13

Silvana 10

Maru 9

Linsi 7

June 6

Becca 2

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No Joy For Jags Against Pumas

Tonight saw the clubs two division 2 teams, Jags and Pumas, battle it out at Stonehaven. The game started very close and tight as there was nothing to split the two teams. Passive and, at times, sloppy play from both sides stayed until Demver Rivera lit up the game on his Jags debut with a sublime spin move giving himself the easiest of finishes. Jags gave away too many fouls which Martin Sandison and Craig White took full advantage of, missing only 1 of the 8 free throws Jags gifted them. Needing an answer, Demver Rivera was Jags man once again with a deep three, followed shortly by a step back three. A close quarter ended 21-16 to Pumas after a Craig White three in the dying seconds.

Defensively Jags knew they had to stop Pumas scoring. Despite Pumas major height advantage all over the court and having dominated the first through the big trio of Willie Miller, Darek Rosegar and Craig Angus, Craig Campbell was a one man rebounding machine, giving Pumas nothing easy. Martin Sandison and Michael Cattanach looked to get Pumas going, but when called upon, Harrison Bown played what can only be described as absolutely inch perfect defence. Jags tough defence was broke through with mid range shots from Rafa Mendana, and a few faultless moves from Steven Cattanach in the Jags key. Now it was the offence lacking for Jags, but a tough drive and finish, plus the and 1 from Harrison Bown gave Jags the lift they needed. Some more magic from Demver River to end the half left Jags down 27-42.

Demver Rivera continued his performance with a three knocked down to start the second half. The 5 on court for Jags worked exceptionally well, led defensively by Ross Gordon, and all 5 chipped in on offence to get Jags right back in the game. Jags went into the fourth down 20 after a few mistakes on defence, which Pumas capitalised on through some great moves which ended in easy finishes for Steven Cattanach.

Jags came out in the fourth knowing they had to fight back, and that they did. Matthew Blackwood Harrison Bown, and Kieran Milne, hustled and their fight and determination to go for every ball was exactly what Jags needed. Fergus Cran ran the Pumas defence riot with outstanding moves and drives. Despite this, Pumas closed the game out strong courtesy of Rafa Mendana hitting 3 mid ranges after some, at times, effortless movement and teamwork from the Pumas. Pumas eased the game out and got their very well deserved win. A great game which was a terrific show of what talent this club has to offer.


Jags Top Scorers:

Demver Rivera – 23

Fergus Cran – 10

Pumas Top Scorers:

Craig White – 18

Martin Sandison – 18

Steven Cattanach – 12

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Flames Too Hot For Panthers

The Senior Women started their league campaign with a tough match against Granite City Flames. Panthers had a full bench with 3 players making their Panthers debut. Both teams started nervous with shots failing to drop, but it didn’t take long for Flames to find their rhythm. Debutant Maria Biblioni finally broke the deadlock for Panthers who finished the quarter down 26-5.

Quarter 2 saw Panthers fire up at both ends of the court. Defensively Linsi Urquhart, Elena Kiraly and Collette McGhee were hussling hard for rebounds allowing Maria Bilblioni and Caitlin Robbie to finish on the fast break. Panthers were slowly closing the gap, keeping flames to only 2 points and winning the quarter! Half time 28 – 14.

Into the second half and Panthers were fired up, switching up the defence kept Flames at bay and offensively it was coming together nicely. Great ball movement allowed Gemma Lewis space to hit a long 2 boosting everyones confidence. Tireless work from Becca Leslie on defence led to turnovers which allowed Maria to thread the needle and find Caitlin for an easy lay up. Wonder Women June Buchan never stopped, and fought hard for offensive rebounds scoring vital baskets for Panthers. End of the third 40 – 28.

Going into the final quarter there were tired legs on both sides of the court. Rhona MacKenzie and Naomi Duncan continued to contribute on their debut, with sharp passes and interceptions on defence. Unfortunately there was nothing left in the tank as shots and lay ups painfully rimmed out as the seconds ticked down. Well done to Flames on a good win. Panthers are in action at home against Aberdeen Uni next week – 3rd October, 8.15pm tip off.


Maria Biblioni – 18

Caitlin Robbie – 7

June Buchan – 4

Gemma Lewis – 4

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Panthers Progress To Round 2 of Scottish Cup

As soon as the draw was made for this Scottish cup tie Panthers knew they were in for a tough game having been eliminated by Pleasance in the same round of the competition last season, by a deficit of 17 points.

With only 4 of their Grampian named 7 league team available for selection, the remainder of the travelling Panthers team was made up for the Pumas squad. The 1020 tip in the capital meant an early start for the Panthers.

Despite an on time arrival and good warm up the hosts took an early lead and nothing seemed to be dropping for the starters on court for the Panthers. Although trailing in the early exchanges, the Panthers soon rallied and the hosts ended the quarter 2 points up, 15-13.

The second quarter started well for the Panthers and some good rotation of the ball in offence allowed better looks at the basket but the usual final touch seemed to be eluding regular scorers. Some good pressure defence saw a number of turnovers by Pleasance and saw the panthers finish the half up 28-29.

The third quarter started well for the Panthers and shots started dropping when they hadn’t in the first and they started to build a lead over Pleasance. However a number of rushed offences with poor shot selection allowed Pleasance back in the game and some quick baskets by the Pleasance captain saw the end of the third tied 46-46.

Urged to give nothing other than a perfect performance in the final quarter and atone for last seasons defeat the Panthers came out strong, with Izzy Sisayan scoring all of his 5 points in the final quarter. All of the drama though was to be held for the final 2 minutes as neither team were able to kill the other off. With one minute left on the clock Panthers came up the floor, ran the clock down before Nick Ruta drove to the basket and pulled up for a short jumper and a 1 point lead. The following Pleasance possession resulted in another defensive rebound and transition down the court where the home team started to intentionally foul to stop any baskets. The resulting inbound ball ended in Shaun Heers hands and his strong drive to the basket and Pleasance foul put him to the free throw line, to put the game almost out of reach of the home team. Having made both free throws and giving the Panthers a 3 point lead, the home team called a time out with 9.8 seconds remaining on the game clock. The instruction was clear, deny the inbound ball and don’t allow any 3 point attempts to tie the game. The defence did its job stopping any attempts from outside the arc and Pleasance forced a short jumper that was missed. Panthers held on to the ball and ran the clock down, overcoming their victors from the last encounter.

Every single Panthers player gave their all for the cause and in doing so may have lost the services of a stalwart of the club, Izzy Sisayan, who injured his shoulder challenging for a loose ball. A special mention has to go to Craig White who made his debut for the club and played some great aggressive defence and added a 3 pointer to the tally. Mike Diamond & Scott Murray gave their all on court, selflessly  allowing their teammates to capitalise on theor hard work.

Final Score: Pleasance 56 – Panthers 59

Top Scorers:

Nick Ruta – 22

Shaun Heer – 19

Glen Honeyman – 8

Panthers now face current Scottish Cup holders City of Edinburgh in the next round in another away day to ‘auld reekie’ at the end of the month.

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