Omagh Thunder seniors play-offs match reports
BNI Division 2 Playoff Semi Final
Omagh Thunder vs Newry Flyers
A busy week for the Omagh men started last Tuesday taking on the Newry Flyers on their home court at the Station Centre.
The Thunder were pumped up for this semi-final encounter and raced out to an early lead with Devin McKellar and Stephen McGlynn dominating under the basket. The Omagh big men ripped down offensive rebounds for easy scores and intimidated Newry on the defensive end with some huge blocked shots.
Omagh’s guards were knocking down their outside shots and defending well to stretch the lead out over the second and third quarter to give a comfortable 30 point lead going into the last quarter. The Thunder secured the win and their place in the final vs Magherafelt in De La Salle Sports Complex in Andersonstown the following Sunday.
Omagh Thunder 77
Newry Flyers 53
BNI Division 2 Playoff Final
Omagh Thunder vs Magherafelt Titans
The Thunder seniors had split their games with the Titans in the league this season; Omagh winning in the last second back in November and Magherafelt beating Omagh by 12 on their home court in January.
Both teams had a slow start to the game with some big-game nerves showing. Magherafelt edged the first quarter behind aggressive rebounding and a lot of free-throws. Omagh were struggling to find and offensive rhythm early on but eventually countered back with some great ball movement and outside shooting to narrow the Titans lead to 5 points at halftime.
In the third quarter Omagh fought hard to come back into the game closing the gap to 2 points with 2 minutes to go in the quarter. Magherafelt then went on a scoring spree, taking advantage of Omagh’s slow transition defense to score 11 easy points from layups in the final 2 minutes. This was a dagger in Omagh’s back leaving them reeling going into the final quarter.
The Thunder defense improved to start the final quarter but they could not find the bottom of the net to decrease the deficit. Overall the Magherafelt lads out-rebounded and out-ran Omagh to secure the win and win the playoff cup by 20 points.
The loss was a disappointing end to the season but the Thunder seniors have had a great run winning 14 of 17 games overall and winning the BNI Division 2 league title. Next season Omagh Thunder will move onwards and upwards to Division 1 for a new challenge.
Omagh Thunder 41
Magherafelt Titans 61