PAISLEY fans who attend tomorrow's Scottish Cup final between the

holders, Livingston Bulls, and Glasgow Brightsiders at Meadowbank will

doubtless see lots of old ''Buddies.''

But they will rue the three that got away to play key roles for the


Livingston, who are going for their seventh league and cup double in a

row, will have Bobby Archibald and Iain Maclean, while Glasgow have more

recently acquired Phil Birch. It must be galling to think what the

current Paisley side might have achieved with this trio in their ranks.

On the evidence of last Sunday's Scottish league decider between the

same teams at Easterhouse, the Livingston pair will have the stronger


Ron Mather, coach of the last Paisley team to win the Scottish Cup

some 17 years ago, rates Maclean alongside the current Scottish

Basketball Association president Bill McInnes as the finest player to be

produced in Scotland.

''They're similar in status and head and shoulders above the rest,''

he declared.

Archibald, who will be 40 in November, won two Scottish Cup medals for

Paisley in the seventies.

* ARBROATH Musketeers snatched a dramatic basket in the last second of

the Bank of Scotland Under-16 Cup final to beat Troon Terrors 81-79 at

Meadowbank last night.

Beefeater Kool Kats again won the Bank of Scotland junior women's cup

despite spirited opposition from Polonia Phoenix.

Portobello High School also scored a fifth win in a row, in the

Scottish Schoolboys Open cup final, beating Tain Royal Academy 85-55.

Glasgow's Eastbank Academy beat Portobello High 64-51 in the under-14

girls' final.