The club had a great night at our Awards Dinner in the Silverbirch Hotel last Thursday 24th April.
We were joined by our guests from USA who along with the players, were treated to superb entertainment from Omagh Community Youth Choir. Thank you to all who attended and helped organise the event.
All photos from the evening can be viewed on our facebook page by clicking here.
Here are the list of our award winners. Well done to all!
MVP – Stephen McGlynn
Most Improved – Padraig Donovan
Defensive Player of the Year – Stephen McGlynn
Rookie of the Year – Devin McKellar
Under 16 Boys
MVP – Tiyrone Weir
Most Improved – Jack Hall
Team Spirit – Adam McDowell
Under 14 Boys
MVP – Mark Hayes
Most Improved – Ronan Bradley
Team Spirit – Dara Hayes
Under 12 Boys and Girls
MVP – Sean Corry
Most Improved – Siobhan McCullagh
Team Spirit – Aidan McDowell
Omagh’s boys enjoyed a successful Saturday of basketball last week when Andersontown Tigers came to visit.
The Under 14 boys took to the floor first and dominated from the get go. Ronan Bradley led the attack at the point guard position with superb support from Odhran McDonald as they linked up for 14 points between them in the first quarter for a 16-3 lead.
A change in personnel from coach Aidan Bradley in the second quarter saw Mark Hayes take charge and drop in 10 points to increase the lead further.
The Thunder lads enjoyed a comfortable second half with young players showing great potential on the court. Young players Dara Hayes and Oran Toal made some fantastic moves and added to the score sheet proving that this is a group with a lot of future talent for the club.
Omagh Thunder U14 – 51
A’Town Tigers U14 – 25
The Under 16 boys were hoping to build on the victory of the Under 14s and they had a great first quarter as Tiyrone Weir dominated at the centre position. The Tiger’s centre had no answers for Weir’s moves and strength under the basket and Omagh had built a 12-4 lead as the second quarter started.
The Tigers were not ready to allow another runaway win however and fought back in the second quarter as they played superb defence consistently stole the ball from Omagh’s guards. At halftime the lead had been reduced to 1 point but in the third quarter Weir re-entered the game after a rest and picked up where he left off.
Ably assisted by Adam McDowell controlling the game at point guard, Weir racked up 28 points in the game. While Weir scored inside, Jack Hall had a scoring run of 3 long jump shots in successive possessions to push Omagh out into a 18 point lead which would seal the game for them.
Omagh Thunder U16 – 49
A’Town Tigers U16 – 36
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.
Omagh Thunder’s U14’s, 16’s and 18’s boys travelled to Belfast to face off against Andersontowns Tigers last Sunday 11th November at De La Salle College.
Omagh Thunder U14’s Vs. Andersontown Tigers
First to hit the court were the Under 14’s who put up a strong fight against the Andersontown boys. Thunder’s U14’s were unlucky in the first quarter with scoring opportunities however played a solid defence to ensure minimal scoring opportunities for the Tigers. The Thunder U14’s finished the first quarter down by three with a score of 9-6 to the Tigers.
The Thunder U14’s started the second quarter with two baskets from Mark Hayes and showed great teamwork alongside Odhrán Mc Namee who both displayed a great performance on the court however the Thunder juniors were unable to take the lead over the Tigers who were leading 21-16 at the end of the first half. In the third and fourth quarter of the game the Thunder juniors trailed behind the Tigers and were unable to close the gap between them, losing out on the game by 10 points with a final score of 39-29 to Andersontown Tigers. The Weigh Inn’s Top Scorer for Omagh was Charlie Mc Kinney who played a fantastic game, putting up 10 points for Thunder.
Omagh Thunder U16’s Vs. Andersontown Tigers
Next to face off against the Tigers were Thunder’s U16’s who got off to a slow start against the Tigers due to a great display of defensive pressure that kept Thunder struggling to find the basket. The first quarter ended with the Tigers leading by 10 points with a score of 18-8. Thunder U16’s needed to come out strong in the second quarter to close the gap however struggled with finding scoring opportunities leaving them further from victory. The first half ended 31-12 to Andersontown Tigers and chances of a victory seemed slim for Thunder.
The third quarter however was a much different story than the first half with the Thunder coming onto the court much stronger than before with Thunders Tiyrone Weir standing tall and smashing in 8 points for Omagh. The Mc Dowell twins, Adam and Conor displayed some great teamwork leading to scoring opportunities that helped Thunder in their comeback which seen the Thunder winning the quarter 7 points to 12 however still behind on the scoreboard, 38-24 to Tigers. The final quarter saw Thunder’s eagerness to win and although the boys managed to tie the quarter 11-11 they unfortunately lost out to the Tigers with the final score, 49-35.
Omagh Thunder U18’s Vs. Andersontown Tigers
Last to take the court were the Under 18’s to finish off a day of basketball for Omagh Thunder and Andersontown Tigers. It didn’t take Thunder long to take the lead of what would be become one of the most intense endings for the Thunder U18’s this season. The two teams played a solid defence denying each other any easy scoring opportunities, however this wasn’t enough against Thunder’s Vytaras Jankus who sank two 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored 8 of the 10 points for Omagh which gave them the lead, with a score of 10-4 to Thunder.
The second quarter mimicked the first in terms of scoring with the Thunder scoring yet another 10 points and the Tigers scoring 4. Thunder’s Tiarnán Doody and Shane O’ Neill put their names on the score sheet with two excellent baskets for Omagh to secure their lead in the first half. Much like the first quarter, Vytaras Jankus scored another two 3-pointers in the second quarter making him a danger for the Tigers.
The third quarter saw a change up by the Tigers with a change of defence known as ‘box and one’ were the Tigers man marked Vytaras to deny him any scoring opportunities. With the tighter defence Omagh struggled to further their lead, however, Vytaras managed to get open to sink yet another 3-pointer, leaving the score at 23-14 to Omagh at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter the Thunder found it difficult not only in trying to beat the Tigers defence but also stopping them on offence. The Tigers managed to make a comeback with less than two minutes left on the clock with the score of 23-23 on the boards. With only a minute to go there was a foul called on Thunder giving the Tigers two free-throws of which they scored both, giving the Tigers the lead by two. To take the lead, Thunder’s Vytaras attempted another 3-pointer however was fouled which meant Vytaras had three free-throws to come.
With a magnitude of pressure upon his shoulders, Vytaras scored all three baskets, putting Thunder back in the lead by a single point with only thirty seconds left on the clock. The last seconds of the game ended and Thunder U18’s took the win. The Weigh Inn’s MVP was Vytaras Jankus who scored a remarkable 20 points for Omagh Thunder consisting of five 3-pointers and the three game winning free-throws. The final score, 26-25 to Thunder.
Omagh Thunder Under 18’s played an all round difficult game against Dungannon’s Tyrone Towers in their first away game of the season. The Omagh and Dungannon boys opened the game with some impressive skill within the first quarter and managed to deny easy scoring opportunities with their superb defensive pressure. The game was all tied at the end of the first quarter with both teams being equally matched.
With much of the same in the second quarter, the Omagh boys trailed by a single point even though hampered by a squad of only five players. If not difficult enough for the Omagh boys who had no subs available when needed, Omagh’s Cillian Deehan sustained an injury leaving Omagh to carry on with only four members leaving Omagh at a severe disadvantage for the remaining 3rd and 4th quarter.
The final score ended 61-50 to Tyrone Towers who took advantage of having an extra player on the court. The Omagh’s boys where unfortunate this time, however they look forward to their next game away against Andersontown Tigers on 10th November.
Omagh Thunder 50
Tyrone Towers 61
Omagh Thunder’s Junior Basketball teams secured further victories for the club on Saturday 26th October at home against Belfast Queens. Thunder’s Under 14’s where first to take the court and managed an impressive victory of 69-6. Omagh’s point guard Ronan Bradley showed great skill throughout the game and was Omagh’s top scorer with 16 points. Not far behind was Omagh’s Mark Hayes with 14 points for the night. Overall the boys showed a great display of skill and teamwork.
Next to take the court where the Under 16’s in their first game and win of the season. The boys played an all-round impressive game starting off with a 14-0 lead going into the second quarter. The Thunder boys were able to keep Queens at bay and kept a comfortable lead throughout the game which ended 45-30 for Thunder’s U’16’s. Thunder’s Tiyrone Weir and Cillian Deehan played an impressive first game of the season scoring 15 points each to secure the win for the boys.
The U14 and U16 boys recorded big wins today vs Queens at home. Solid defense played in both games led to the victories. Here’s the team photos with match reports to come…
Junior fixtures are now viewable online here in our Junior Fixtures page.
All fixtures are subject to change – see Facebook page for weekly updates (usually on Mondays).
Many thanks to Colin Donnelly for taking on this task this season.
The new season will start the first week of September in the Station Centre. Training times will be announced shortly. Check back for more details soon.
Tyrone Towers will host their 31st annual basketball camp from Monday 12th August until Friday 16th August.
This camp is a great way to improve your skills over the summer and is always great fun. The coaches are from all over Ireland and America and is great value for 5 days of coaching and competitions.
The application form can be downloaded on the link below. Please follow the instructions on the application form to register. The cost is £75 (£55 for a 2nd/3rd family member).