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Last Tuesday, 11th March, Omagh Thunder Basketball Club finished top in the Division Two BNI league after defeating Banbridge Eagles, securing them a position in the playoffs. Omagh Thunder won 14 of their 16 games this season and remains hopeful for the upcoming playoff semi-finals.
Thunder were quick to the lead in their match-up against Banbridge as Omaghs Devin Mc Kellar fought hard under the basket to put up the first points of the night. The Eagles did well to close out any driving opportunities for Thunder however this went down well for Omaghs captain Aidan Bradley who took advantage by effortlessly nailing three 3-point shots which quickly escalated Omaghs lead. Omaghs Joey Hale was also on form scoring 11 points in the first quarter giving Omagh Thunder a 15 point lead going into the second quarter of the game with a score of 24-9.
The Eagles were quick to change their defensive approach by closing down the outside shooters in the second quarter. Both teams put full effort into their defence making it difficult for any offensive opportunities on both ends. Omaghs Stephen Mc Glynn showed great performance under the basket in rebounding and went in hard on offence to put up his first points of the night, as well as Vytaras Jankus who secured further points for Omagh Thunder. The Eagles did well to stop Omagh from gaining a greater lead however Thunder still remained in the lead with a score of 33-22 going into the third quarter.
In the third quarter, Omagh Thunder started to further their lead by getting the ball inside to Stephen Mc Glynn who dominated under the basket, driving in hard against the Eagles and putting 10 points on the scoreboard. The Weigh Inn’s MVP of the night Aidan Bradley too seemed unstoppable in his outside shooting giving Omagh Thunder a further lead going into the final quarter of the game. Omagh Thunder were 20 points up going into the final quarter with the score 51-31 to Omagh.
As the fourth quarter got underway the Eagles showed no sign of giving up and persevered, challenging Omagh for possession however with the defensive efforts of Colin Donnelly and Don Hunter, the Eagles were unable to make any comeback giving Omagh Thunder a well deserved win to place them on top of the Division Two BNI league.
Omagh Thunder – 65
Banbridge Eagles – 43
Tuesday, 4th March, Omagh Thunder went head to head against Newry Fliers. Omagh Thunder got off to a swift start with Aidan Bradley hitting a tough 3-point shot over Newrys defence however the Fliers fought hard on the court and managed a two point lead going into the second quarter with the score 14-12 to Fliers.
It was the performance in the second and third quarter of the game that pushed Omagh Thunder out in front, especially in the third quarter, were Omagh Thunder restricted the Fliers to only four points whilst nailing in twenty-one of their own which secured them the lead and ultimately won them the game. The final score ended 57-36 to Omagh Thunder.
Omagh Thunder – 57
Newry Fliers – 36
Last Saturday, 1st March, Omagh Thunder travelled to Belfast to take on the Rising Stars for the second time this season. In their last encounter back in December, Omagh Thunder finished with a big win with the final score ending 98-63. Thunder had high hopes for another victory over Rising Star however throughout the game the Rising Star gave Omagh Thunder zero lenience and pressed forward, challenging Thunder for every possession.
As the first quarter got underway both teams did well to challenge for the ball. Thunder found it hard to gather offensive rebounds but did well to secure defensive rebounds at their own end. The Rising Stars showed great athleticism in regards to speed and stamina however found it difficult breaking through the strength of Omagh Thunder who played a solid defence forcing their opponents to rely on their outside shooting.
The shooting by both teams was of exceptional quality, especially by the Weigh Inns Top scorer Padraig Donovan who nailed in 19 points inside the first quarter with five coming from 3-point shots. The quarter ended 30-18 to Omagh Thunder.
Omagh Thunder started the second quarter with a 12 point lead and did well throughout the quarter to maintain their lead however the Rising Stars were persistent to close the gap between them with, the Rising Stars won the quarter with 24 points to Omaghs 21 however Omagh maintained the slight advantage with 9 point at the end of the first half, the score being 51-42 to Omagh Thunder.
The third quarter saw a change by Thunder who fought for closure of this game. Stepping up their game in the third, Omagh Thunder hit the Rising Stars hard by closing out their shooting opportunities to deny them from making a comeback. The quarter ended 78-54 to Omagh, with Omagh Thunder limiting the Rising Stars to only 12 points in the third quarter while scoring 27 points, pushing them closer to another victory.
With the final quarter underway, it was vital for Thunder to concentrate on defence in order to maintain their lead which would secure another victory for the men. Not only did Thunder show a great display on defence but maintained great form on offence, with Thunders Vytaras Jankus scoring 6 consecutive points in the final minutes of the game to push Thunder over the 100 point mark.
The Weigh Inn’s MVP of the night goes to Neil Morris for his excellent display on defence that denied the Rising Star to drive to the basket and for leadership throughout the game that lead to another victory for Omagh Thunder. The final score 104-68 to Omagh Thunder.
Omagh Thunder – 104
Belfast Rising Stars – 68
Omagh Thunder played host to Strabane BC last Tuesday 25th February. With a home court advantage, Omagh Thunder was tremendously eager for their upcoming match against Strabane after narrowly missing out on a win in their previous encounter last November.
This time around it was Omagh who took a five point lead with Thunder’s Padraig Donovan scoring the first basket followed by a moral boosting 3-pointer to get this game underway. Strabane found it difficult to score against Thunder’s defence and were left several points down in the opening few minutes. At the end of the first quarter Omagh lead 16-10, giving Thunder a slight advantage however still anyone’s game.
Omagh stood out in the second quarter with their strong defensive structure forcing Strabane to take difficult outside shots, and with Thunder’s Stephen Mc Glynn and Devin Mc Kellar dominating the rebounds, it entitled Omagh to further their lead with scoring opportunities at the other end of the court. The second quarter ended with a spectacular finish from Thunder’s Padraig Donovan who did what he does best by scoring yet another 3-pointer right on the buzzer bringing the score at the end of the first half to 38-22 to Omagh Thunder.
In the 3rd quarter Omagh Thunder knew not to let their guard down as the Strabane men fought hard for possession however it was evident that Omagh fought even harder and were persistent not to give Strabane any leniency. With pure determination and drive, Thunder pushed on to achieve a 31 point lead going into the 4th quarter with a score of 68-37 to Omagh.
As the 4th quarter got underway, Omagh focused mainly on a defensive strategy to ensure another home victory for Thunder however Strabane were eager to break through Omagh’s defence to narrow the gap between the two sides. With eight minutes left of play the Weigh Inn’s MVP of the game, Thunder’s Stephen Mc Glynn contributed to the play of the night with his left handed dunk after beating his defender with a quick left step, taking only one step before slamming it into the net with his left hand causing a devastating blow to Strabane.
Strabane did all they could in the final quarter of the game and even manage three consecutive 3-point shots however it was Omagh Thunder who took the well deserved win with their excellent display of teamwork and shooting ability expressed by the Weigh Inn’s top scorer of the game, Thunder’s Padraig Donovan with 17 points, followed by Thunder’s Devin Mc Kellar with 15, and in addition there was also some impressive display of shooting from Thunder’s Captain Aidan Bradley and key player Joey Hale who tallied up 14 points each on the night.
Omagh Thunder – 79
Strabane BC – 51
Omagh Thunder played another home game on 11th February against Belfast Pumas and were determined for another victory after their last home victory the previous week. Omagh Thunder took to a great start offensively and quickly started to ease into a steady lead within the first quarter thanks to the strong offensive rebounds by Omagh’s Stephen McGlynn and Devin McKellar who dominated under the basket at each opportunity.
The steady lead by Omagh Thunder increased into the second quarter with Thunder leading by 19 points at the half way mark with a half time score of 36-17. However in the third quarter Belfast Pumas started to make great progress in a comeback, Omagh Thunder fought hard on defensive to stop the Pumas from scoring however they managed to score 18 points. Pumas performance in the third quarter unfortunately wasn’t enough as Omagh Thunder remained ahead by 13 points with a score line of 47-34 going into the last quarter.
It was evident that the Pumas had given everything they had in the third quarter as they fell tired in the fourth, slowly falling behind by more points as Omagh Thunder remained strong both on offense and defence. Omagh Thunder put up an impressive 24 points in the final quarter, giving Omagh Thunder another home victory with the final score 73-40 to Omagh.
The Weigh Inn’s Top Scorers
Stephen McGlynn – 14 points
Aidan Bradley – 13 points
Devin McKellar – 12 points
Omagh Thunder – 73
Belfast Pumas – 40
Omagh Thunder played their home game against Carrick Flyers on the 4th February. They had already defeated the Flyers earlier in the season with a score of 64-48 and had high intentions of securing another win especially with a home advantage.
Omagh’s Aidan Bradley got the game underway with an opening 3-point shot which boosted Omagh’s morale. With a strong zone defence in the first quarter, Omagh Thunder denied the Flyers from driving towards the basket, forcing them to take outside shots which didn’t seem to hit target for the Carrick men. However at the other end of the court nothing seemed to stop Omagh Thunder from dominating the basket with both long and short range shots with some spectacular shooting from Omagh’s Dermot Gillan who seemed unstoppable with his mid ranged hook shot.
Omagh went in to the second quarter with a 17 point lead, a lead that was quickly increased by the Weigh Inns MVP of the night, Radoslaw Brandt, for his impressive performance with offensive rebounds and driving to the basket. Carrick Flyers put up a strong fight but just couldn’t manage to come back as much as they had hoped, especially with the shooting precision of Omagh’s Padraig Donovan who nailed three consecutive shots with the third being a long ranged 3-pointer hitting home just seconds before the end of the quarter buzzer.
In the second half of the game Omagh Thunder continued to increase their lead over Carrick Flyers with taking advantage of scoring opportunities and remaining strong of defence. The Flyers pushed on despite trailing behind, however were unsuccessful in their attempt to make a comeback as Omagh Thunder took home the win, with a final score of 80-51 to Omagh Thunder.
Omagh Thunder – 80
Carrick Flyers – 51
Omagh Thunder Seniors had a spectacular end to the first half of their 2013/2014 season going 7 and 1 before the Christmas break. On 9th December, Omagh Thunder travelled to Newry to take on the Fliers where Omagh were quick to take a 12 point lead in the first quarter. With some excellent defensive pressure, the Thunder were able to deny Newry easy baskets allowing Thunder to take a comfortable lead going into the second half with a score of 39-19 to Omagh Thunder. Newry Fliers came out stronger in the second half and started to slowly decrease the gap between them and OmaghThunder however Omagh refused to back down and maintained a steady lead which gave Omagh yet another win with a final score of 57-46 to Omagh Thunder.
Omagh Thunder’s next opponents were Belfast Pumas on 16th December. Both teams took to the court with great determination, fighting for rebounds and putting pressure on their opponents however Omagh Thunder looked much stronger on the ball and were quick to take the lead. Thunder were up by 7 going into the second quarter and with a solid offense and defence against the Pumas they quickly increased their 7 point lead to 21 points going into the second half. In the third quarter, Omagh Thunder showed some great teamwork and gave Belfast Pumas a difficult time with their defence as Thunders lead grew to 35 going into the final quarter of the game. As the last quarter came to a close it was evident that Thunder where going home victorious with a final score of 86-35.
Thunders last game of 2013 was on the 20th December in Banbridge against the Eagles. The Omagh men had high hopes to end the year with another victory to add to their 6 wins and 1 loss so far in their season. As the game commenced it was difficult to determine who would go home with the win as both teams fought hard for possession. The first quarter was very intense with an end score of 14-14. It wasn’t until the second quarter when Thunder stepped up their game and managed to deny the Eagles scoring opportunities and stopped them from getting any defensive rebounds. On the other side of the court Omagh Thunder put up another 17 points to give them an 8 point lead going into the third quarter. The Eagles showed no sign of giving up and came out much stronger than the 2nd quarter. They attacked Omagh hard however Omagh Thunder denied any chance of the Eagles taking the lead and instead increased their lead to 10 points. Thunder dominated the boards in the final quarter and gave no leeway to the Eagles who just couldn’t pull back the gap between them giving Omagh Thunder yet another win with the final score at 63-48 to Omagh.
Omagh Thunder had their first away game last Tuesday 3rd December against Belfast’s Rising Stars. Omagh were determined to ensure a home victory over Rising Stars but knew it would be no easy challenge. Omagh started the first quarter with a strong defence to minimize scoring opportunities for Rising Star by forcing them to take outside shots. The Rising Stars looked comfortable doing so however and racked up 20 points, nevertheless Thunder had an even more impressive offensive spell racking up an incredible 40 points with Thunders Aidan Bradley sinking three consecutive 3-pointers to end the quarter in style.
Starting the second quarter with a twenty point lead allowed Omagh Thunder to concentrate on a more defensive approach to shut down the Rising Stars shooters which was evident in the score line at the end of the quarter with 19-11 to Thunder and an overall score of 59-31 for Omagh Thunder. The third quarter was much the same with some excellent rebounding from the Weigh Inn’s MVP of the night Devin McKellar who put up 22 points overall from dominating the boards on offence and defence, which helped give Omagh a vast lead going into the last quarter with 76-44 at the end of the third.
With the final quarter underway, both teams showed great intensity with Rising Star showing no sign of giving up by scoring four consecutive three-pointers and an overall total of 19 points in the last quarter, however remained out scored by Omagh Thunder who finished the final quarter with 22 points giving them a big win for the night with a score of 98-63.
Omagh Thunder traveled to Carrickfergus last Saturday 16th November to take on the Flyers in their third game of the season. The game got off to a quick start with Omagh’s Joseph Hale nailing a three-pointer to give Omagh the early lead in the game. Both teams displayed excellent defensive pressure, denying easy scoring opportunities for their opponents however Omagh managed to secure a four point lead in the first quarter with the score at 14-10 to Omagh.
Omagh Thunder stepped up the intensity in the second quarter both offensively and defensively, especially the Weigh Inn’s MVP of the night Aidan Bradley who scored two consecutive three-pointers and a total of ten points in the second quarter alone. Omagh Thunder secured a twenty point lead in the closing of the second quarter with a score of 35-15.
As the third quarter got underway, the Thunder continued with a comfortable lead and were persistent to ensure that they kept it. The Flyers put up a great fight offensively only losing out on the quarter by two points however still remained twenty-two points behind Thunder in the closing of the third quarter.
Carrick Flyers had to pull out all the stops if they wanted to win this game while the Thunder had only to maintain their lead which would secure another win for Omagh Thunder. As the fourth and final quarter got underway the Carrick men showed no signs of giving up and fought effortlessly however it wasn’t enough to surpass the Thunder’s lead, giving Omagh Thunder the win with a score of 64-48 to Omagh.
Omagh Thunder 64
Carrick Flyers 48
Omagh Thunder Under 14’s and 16’s travelled to Newry on Saturday 16th Novermber to challenge Newry Fliers. First to take the court were the Under 14’s who played a fantastic game of basketball. Starting strong in the first quarter and continuing on throughout the game with a steady performance, the Thunder Under 14’s proved victorious over the Fliers with an incredible score of 38-8 to Omagh.
Next to take the court were Thunder’s Under 16’s to face off against Newry Fliers boys. Thunder’s U16’s started the first quarter well but were unable to secure an early lead due to the Fliers challenging offensive play that proved difficult for Thunder to defend. The Fliers kept hold of a steady lead however Thunder were never too far behind and made an excellent attempted to catch up however were unfortunate to do so in the last quarter, giving Newry the win by twelve points with a score of 40-28.