On Thursday 9th November, Omagh Thunder welcomed Queens Eagles from Belfast for their 5th game of the season. Coming into the game with a winning streak to keep, Omagh were looking keep their good form going. Queens were coming into the game off a close win against Magherafelt and were also ready to play.

The game started off with a quick steal from Charlie McKinney that converted into 2 points, immediately boosting Omagh’s confidence, however, scoring was a struggle for both teams in this quarter, finishing 11-10 to Omagh. The second quarter was much like the first, low scoring and good defensive pressure from Queens caused Omagh to turn the ball over on numerous occasions. Omagh were getting frustrated on the offensive end but were able to keep their defensive composure, making sure Queens didn’t sail into an early lead. The second quarter ended with low scores of 23-18.

Going into the 3rd quarter, Omagh’s mind-set had changed as they realised they needed to pick up the scoring and focus on passing the ball around the Queens zone defence. This proved useful as Charlie McKinney and Tiyrone Weir converted on multiple three point attempts with Dermot Gillian, Aidan Bradley and Padraig Donovan all converting their own baskets. Queens were still holding close however ending the quarter trailing Omagh by 2 points, 39-37.

In the last quarter, Omagh took control, passing and moving the ball well. Omagh quickly put Queens into foul trouble, creating early chances for Charlie McKinney to get to the free throw line for easy points. Charlie also converted multiple three pointers and with Jack Hall and Ronan Bradley claiming their own baskets, Omagh kept Queens scoreless for the quarter, running out winners 59-37.

Omagh Chiropractic Clinic MVP award for the game went to Charlie McKinney with a 31-point performance. Omagh are away to Belfast Pumas on Monday 13th November, and then welcome Andersontown Tigers from Belfast on Thursday 23rdNovember in the Station Centre. Omagh remain the only unbeaten team in the BNI Division 1 league and hope to keep this winning run going in the following weeks.