On Thursday 23rd November, Omagh Thunder welcomed Andersontown Tigers from Belfast for their 7th game of the season. Coming off of 6 wins in a row for the Thunder, Omagh were going into the game with high hopes of continuing their winning streak.


The game started off well in Omagh’s favour, quickly breaking out into a strong lead with Tiyrone Weir, Padraig Donovan and Charlie McKinney all converting baskets and being aggressive on the defensive side of the floor. Padraig Donovan went on his own scoring spree and with Ronan Bradley hitting his own three pointer, the first quarter ended 27-14 to Omagh.


After a very strong first quarter, fresh legs were put into the game and Omagh’s paced dropped. Andersontown pounced on this lack of intensity and punished Omagh quickly reducing the lead and forcing Omagh into many turnovers. After a timeout by Omagh, they regained their focus and were able to claim back some of the lead they had lost. Tiyrone Weir was behind the scoring of this quarter with 12 points in the quarter alone, with Omagh finishing 47-34 ahead.


In the 3rd quarter, Omagh were having trouble with their offense as they were struggling with moving the ball effectively. Charlie McKinney got to the foul line on a number of occasions for easy points however Andersontown were shooting well and were capitalising well on Omagh’s mistakes. The lead dropped to only 9 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, 63-54 to Omagh.


Going into the last quarter with a very close game, Omagh changed their defensive mind-set to try and upset Andersontown’s momentum. This seemed to work but both teams were still scoring well and neither team were able to reduce or increase the lead. Charlie McKinney and Tiyrone Weir were working well with Padraig Donovan to create open baskets and opportunities. Towards the end of the quarter Omagh were able to increase the lead slightly, finishing the game 84-69.


Omagh Chiropractic MVP awards went to Tiyrone Weir (27 pts) and Charlie McKinney (20 pts). Omagh Thunder welcome Tyrone Towers from Dungannon next Thursday night at 8:15pm in the Station Centre in what is always a very physical and intense matchup. All supporters are welcome as Omagh try for 8 wins out of 8!