On Thursday 26th October, Omagh Thunder took to the court once again to fend off against United LT from Cookstown. Going into the game, the Thunder were unbeaten and looking to continue their winning ways. United LT were a very physical and strong team and a win tonight was no easy task.


Omagh took to the floor and got off to a great start with Tiyrone Weir, Padraig Donovan and Charlie McKinney all contributing both under the rim and beyond the 3-point line. Omagh were leading well but United LT started knocking down their 3 point shots with ease, hitting four 3-pointers in the last 3 minutes to narrow Omagh’s lead to 21-18 at the end of the first. Going into the second quarter, Padraig Donovan started off with a great shooting display, with three 3-pointers of his own with Ronan Bradley and Jack Hall helping on the offensive end as well. Omagh were having a tough time under the boards grabbing rebounds but soon settled into the quarter, picking up the intensity on defence, allowing them to run the fast break well. Omagh ended the quarter with a 14-point lead 42-28.


In the 3rd quarter, Omagh and United LT matched basket for basket, with both teams shooting well. Padraig Donovan continued his scoring with 12 points in the quarter alone. United LT were doing well, keeping up with Omagh’s pace and both teams were unable to outdo the other.


Going into the last quarter, Omagh knew that United LT could quickly close the gap with their 3-point shooting ability and focused on hassling their guards, this resulted in steals for Charlie McKinney and Padraig Donovan and they were able to push the lead out further. Good defensive boards and hustle allowed Omagh to hold United LT back and Omagh ran out winners 81-59.


Padraig Donovan claimed both MVP votes with 29 points and Charlie McKinney had 20 points. Omagh Thunder are now 4-0 and they are the only unbeaten team in the league with a week off before hosting Queens Eagles from Belfast on Thursday 9th November at 8:15pm in the Station Centre in what is expected to be another physical close game. Omagh would love as much support as possible as they try to continue their unbeaten run!