Omagh Thunder win Tyrone Derby vs Towers 61-56!
On Thursday 14th December, Omagh Thunder welcomed Tyrone Towers from Dungannon for the last game before Christmas. The big Tyrone Rivalry between the two clubs always leads to exciting, physical intense matches and this match was no different.
Omagh got out to a fast start, going 8-0 up in the first few minutes. Tiyrone Weir, Padraig Donovan got the game started with quick baskets and Charlie McKinney contributed 8 points for the quarter including throwing down a dunk on the fast break. The first quarter ended 19-10 with Omagh looking comfortable.
However, the second quarter was a different story. Towers came out with a new mind-set and dominated the first few minutes, bring the score level and causing Omagh to turn the ball over. Charlie McKinney and Tiyrone Weir were keeping Omagh ahead towards the end of the second. Padraig Donovan got the last basket of the half putting Omagh ahead 34-32.
In the 3rd quarter Omagh decided to change their defensive strategies, moving to a 3-2 zone. This proved to be successful and Omagh were able to force turnovers and fast breaks off of Towers mistakes. Tiyrone Weir, Padraig Donovan and Charlie McKinney all scored 3 pointers in the quarter as well as converting various baskets between them. The 3rd ended with Omagh up 51-46.
The last quarter was very intense and physical with lots of stops because of fouls. There were few moments during the quarter where the game would flow and this caused both teams to be on edge and cause their own turnovers. Padraig Donovan was on fine shooting form however, hitting a couple three pointers and Charlie McKinney contributed to the score sheet. With 40 seconds to go, Omagh were up by 3 points, 59-56 and Towers had the ball. Omagh were focusing on taking away the 3 point shot and were successful. Omagh then had the ball with less than 24 seconds to go, causing Towers to intentionally foul to get the ball back. Dermot Gillian was sent to the free throw line for Omagh for two free throws to potentially put the game in the bag with 3.8 seconds left. Towers were unable to score and the game ended Omagh 61-56 winners.
Omagh Chiropractic Clinic MVP went to Charlie McKinney with 26 points. The season is now finished for the Christmas break and will resume in January. Omagh are top of the table with only 1 loss to their name and hopefully in the new year they can maintain their form.