Mens Basketball NI Division 2
Newry Flyers vs Omagh Thunder
League leaders Newry Fliers took on the short-handed Omagh Thunder hoping to maintain their unbeaten record this season.
Omagh were up against it with a lack of height under the boards and without last season’s MVP Joseph Hale. The Fliers took the lead early on with Fliers point guard Paul Crawley pushing the ball quickly up the court and finding finishers on the break.
Omagh were down by 10 at the half-time break but still had some fight in them. 16 year old Vytarus Jankus led a spirited rally scoring from distance for 21 points while Dermot Gillan shot well in the key. Newry were shaken but answered back with a strong finish to the game with forward Conor Gervin rebounding strongly and helping to retain the home teams lead and their 10 game unbeaten run.
Newry Flyers 68
Omagh Thunder 47
Belfast Wildcats vs Omagh Thunder
The Thunder looked to bounce back from their loss to Newry with a solid performance in Belfast against the Wildcats. Omagh had their shooting boots on for this one as the Wildcats zone defence allowed Omagh plenty of room to fire away from distance. Player-coach Aidan Bradley got the ball rolling with 4 first half three-pointers before sharp shooter Vytarus Jankus got the hot hand and buried 8 three’s on his way to 26 points and The Weigh Inn weekly MVP award. Padraig Donovan, Ieaun Maguire and Stephen McAleer increased the lead with inside scoring and a great effort on defence as a team in the second half sealed the big win for the Thunder.
Omagh now sit in 3rd place in the league with the playoffs approaching in March. Another trip to Belfast next week to face the 4th placed Stormers will be a key game as teams jostle for seeding & home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Belfast Wildcats 41
Omagh Thunder 74
U16 Boys vs Lisburn Phoenix
Omagh’s under-16s were in fine form defensively on Saturday as the took on the Phoenix. The lads worked hard on the boards and rebounded well but could not get into a rhythm on offence against the zone defence of Lisburn. The second half performance saw the Thunder start to find the bottom of the net with Daz Minkus shooting well from three-point range and Tiyrone Weir dominating under the basket. The tenacious defending continued and led to easy points and the eventual win.
Omagh Thunder 49
Lisburn Phoenix 28
At home this Saturday we have 3 junior teams in action:
10.30am U14 Boys vs Blackwater
11.45am U16 Boys vs Blackwater
1.00pm U18 Girls vs Andersontown Tigers
Lisburn Phoenix vs Omagh Thunder
Omagh had a frustrating start to their visit to Lisburn with simple mistakes costing them what should have been easy baskets. Despite under performing on attack, their defence was terrific and they led by 7 at the half-time break. Tiyrone Weir and Teirnan Doody were the main reason for the half-time lead with superb shot blocking and rebounding.
The Thunder played their height advantage card in the second half with their five tallest players dominating the court on both ends. Rebounding prowess and fast break attacking from Daz Minkus stretched out the lead to 22 points and a solid 48-26 win for the Omagh lads.
The U14 boys made a decent start to their game with Phoenix before the home team got comfortable on their court. Lisburn’s talented point guard started to slice through the Omagh defenders in the second quarter, scoring and distributing the ball with ease. Unfortunately for Omagh this theme continued throughout the second half as they had no answer for the passing talent of Lisburn who took an 18 point win.
Omagh Thunder U16 Boys 56 – 12 Queens
The boys were excellent in this fixture running out to an easy victory led by fantastic defence from the team as a whole. Dovydas Minkus & Tiyrone Weir stood out on attack while Tiernan Doody was fantastic in defence against the Belfast squad.
Omagh Thunder U14 Boys 52 – 16 Queens
The under 14s recorded a solid victory in this match up with a very good second half performance on both ends of the court for an easy win. Mark Hayes led the way in scoring backed by Cillian Deehan and again great team defence provided easy offence for the boys.
Omagh Thunder U18 Girls 18 – 36 Magherafelt Titans
Omagh’s girls had a good first half but tired after the break. The Titans M. Stewart dominated the game scoring 26 points on their way to a 18 point win. Omagh’s young squad have a lot of potential and are improving with each game. Eva McCaul was fantastic for the Thunder contributing 14 points.
Queens vs Omagh Thunder
Omagh’s boys had a decent lead for most of this game until the 4th quarter saw a major Queens comeback which put Omagh behind by 1 point with 30 seconds to play.
Omagh point-guard Mark Hayes made a steal at halfcourt and was fouled on his way up for a lay-up to put him at the free throw line with 8 seconds to play and two foul shots. Mark scored on both attempts under serious pressure and Omagh held on for the final few seconds for the 1 point win.
Final score: Queens 24 – Omagh 25
Queens vs Omagh Thunder
Omagh’s U16 boys were dominant in this game and through great rebounding and defending went on to win by 31 points. Strong performances by Tyrone Weir and Dovydas Minkus on attack while Tiernan Doody was terrific in defence sealed this solid victory.
Final score: Omagh 53 – Queens 21
Omagh Thunder would like to further develop Girls basketball in Omagh and welcomes new players to training on Wednesday afternoons from 3.30-5.30pm.
Full Training times are:
Boys Under 14 Tuesdays 5-6pm & Fridays 4-5pm
Boys Under 16 Mondays 5-6pm & Thursdays 5-6pm
Boys Under 18 Thursdays 6-7pm
Girls Under 18 Wednesdays 3.30-5.30pm
Primary School Boys and Girls (P5-P7) Tuesdays 6-7pm
Registration is now open and must be compeleted ASAP to allow time for paperwork to go through and players registered in time for games to begin. Players who are not registered will NOT be allowed to play in games.
You can download and print registration forms here. Or you can collect a registration form at the Station Centre.
Seniors – Tues 8-10pm & Thurs 8-9pm
Boys U14 Tues 5-6pm & Fri 4-5pm
Boys U16 Mon 5-6pm & Thurs 5-6pm
Boys U18 Thurs 5-7pm
Girls U16 & U19 Wed 4-6pm
Primary School Boys and Girls (P5-P7) Tuesdays 6-7pm
The Tyrone Towers Summer Basketball Camp application forms are out and are available by clicking the link below.
The Dungannon based camp is in it’s 30th year and is the best way to improve your game for next season. The camp takes place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th August.
All Omagh club members who are interested in going to USA next year for basketball camps are highly encouraged to attend a basketball camp this summer. Get together and get organised!
Personally, I’ve been to Dungannon Camp twice in my youth and loved the experience on both camps! I would highly recommend it!
Under 14 Boys Development Final
The Under 14 and Under 18 Boys headed to the Antrim Forum for Basketball Northern Ireland’s Junior Finals day last Sunday.
The Under 14 Boys took to the court first with a great atmosphere and buzz about the jam-packed Forum. Their opponents were Newry Flyers who they had split their league games with, winning at home but losing away.
The nerves were certainly showing early in the game with Omagh taking a long time to register their first score. Newry were not on form early either and the first half finished with Newry only up by 1 point.
In the second half the Thunder got to grips with the game and began to knock in baskets and take a 2 point lead. The crowd were on the edge of their seat at the teams then traded baskets and kept the game close until the final minutes. Omagh pulled away right at the end with a great score from Mark Hayes which sealed the win by 4 points.
Coach Eamon Daly couldn’t have been happier with the win and had this to say, “It was a very tight came, back and forth all the way. Hard luck to Newry who played brilliantly too but I’m delighted and really proud of the Omagh boys.”
Omagh Thunder 31
Newry Flyers 27
Under 18 Boys Development Final
The Under 18 Boys faced Andersontown Tigers in their final match-up. Again, Omagh had split the results against the Tigers during the season and again the lads took some time to find their rhythm.
Andytown played an effective 1-3-1 zone defence to slow down Omagh’s club MVP Oisin Kerlin, triple teaming him every time he touched the ball. Kerlin did well to pass to the open players but the outside shots were not on target. The Tigers counter-attacked behind point guard Brownlee who led them to a 4 point lead at half time.
All was about to change for Omagh after the break and they came out firing on all cylinders behind fantastic steals from match MVP Marc Cardenas and the shot blocking of Oisin Kerlin. The superb defencing led to clinical attack from Ciaran Carlin who finished off countless fast breaks layups to take the lead in an astonishing 25-2 quarter for the Thunder.
Vytarus Jankus killed off the Tigers for good in the final period with 4 three-pointers and Omagh romped home for the title winning victory.
Proud Coach Roger Weber said “The boys were a bit down after the first half but they pulled their game together and it was an amazing finish to the game.”
Omagh Thunder 57
Andersontown Tigers 33
U14 Boys vs Magherafelt Titans
Omagh win 30-22 in a hard fought victory that leads them to the Finals on March 25th.
U18 Boys vs Ulster Elks
One of the best games in Station Centre history saw the U18s come back to beat Ulster Elks 57-47 after hitting five 3-pointers in a row in the 4th quarter to win their place at the final to be held at Antrim Forum.