BC Wolves vs Omagh Thunder
Last week Omagh Thunder seniors travelled to Cookstown to face BC Wolves in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2017/18 season.
A good start from Omagh saw them leading at the end of the first quarter by 2 points with consistent shooting from Padraig Donovan with Tiyrone Weir and Charlie McKinney adding to the score sheet early on. By half time Omagh were trailing by 10 points with some good outside scoring and inside dominance from Cookstown.
However Omagh came out into the 3rd quarter fast and quickly brought the game level again and leading into the 4th quarter nothing could separate the two sides. In the fourth quarter Padraig Donovan and Charlie McKinney led the team with some vital baskets and defensive plays from Ronan Bradley and Jack Hall leading to easy fast break points for Omagh. With only a few minutes left Omagh had a small lead and they were able to maintain it, shooting well from the free throw line keeping them ahead and were able to get the victory with a final scoreline of 73-68 to Omagh.
Senior training for the new season is on Tuesday nights at the Leisure Centre 8pm and Thursday nights at the Station Centre from 8pm-10pm.
Check out our fixtures sections for dates and times for all this seasons games at all age levels.
NEW SEASON TRAINING TIMES
(Starting Monday 12th Sept at the Station Centre)
Primary School Boys & Girls: Thurs 5-6pm (Coaches Ronan Bradley & Jack Hall)
U14 Boys Mon 4-5pm & Wed 4.30-5.30pm (Coach Jo Meenagh)
U16 Boys Mon 5-6pm & Wed 4.30-5.30pm (Coach Mark Crawford)
U18 Boys Tues 8.30-9.30pm (Leisure Centre with Seniors) & Fri 4-5pm (Coach Eamon Daly)
SENIORS: Tues 8.30-9.30pm (Leisure Centre) & Thurs 8-10pm
REGISTRATION DAY: Thursday 8th Sept 5pm – all players & a parent should attend and collect/complete in registration forms.
BNI Men’s Plate – Last 16 Round
Omagh Thunder vs Belfast Pumas
After their previous five games ending in defeat the Thunder were looking forward to the Plate game vs Belfast Pumas who they had not lost to in their 6 meetings over the last few seasons.
With both teams employing a zone defence, the game was a shooting contest to begin with. Padraig Donovan started the game with a corner 3 followed by long distance scores from Charlie McKinney, Bradley and Tamas Nagy to take a 5 point lead at the end of quarter one.
Donovan stayed hot in the 2nd quarter scoring 13 of Omagh’s 25 for the quarter including three more 3-pointers as the Thunder pushed their lead to 10 points at half-time.
The Puma’s struggled to score after the break as Omagh upped their defensive intensity and began to score in the open court and increase their lead to 19 going into the final quarter with quality scores coming from Tiyrone Weir and Daz Minkus.
A solid final quarter thwarted any chance of a Pumas comeback and the Thunder booked their place in the quarter finals which will be played at the Station Centre on 28th January where they’ll face Letterkenny Blaze or Cookstown Wolves.
Thunder play Magherafelt Titans in the league on Thursday 21st at 8.15pm at the Station Centre followed by a trip to Andersontown Tigers on the 26th.
Omagh Thunder 85
Belfast Pumas 66
BNI Men’s Division 1
Armagh Bisons vs Omagh Thunder
Omagh first game of 2016 did not make for a happy new year as they travelled to Richhill to face the unbeaten league leading Bison’s.
Armagh started the game with a barrage of five straight 3 pointers forcing Omagh into a quick rethink of their defensive strategy. Down by 10 points so early the Thunder did well to recover and behind a combined 15 points from Joey Hale and Aidan Bradley the Armagh lead was only 4 at the end of the first quarter.
Bison’s only improved in the second quarter continuing to score freely from long range and then working the ball inside to tire the Omagh defenders and stretch their lead out to 59-41 at half-time. Omagh’s lack of substitutes (a squad of 7 in total) began to show and Armagh began to push the ball and score in transition in the game’s second half. Omagh were still getting their own scores with Dermot Gillan and Daz Minkus joining Bradley and Hale on the scoresheet but the Thunder defence could not stop the Bison’s on the other end of the floor. Joey Hale was the Weigh Inn MVP for the match scoring 19 in a high scoring and entertaining game.
Armagh Bisons 111
Omagh Thunder 84
Ireland’s U15 International Development Squads for the 2015-2016 Season have been announced with Omagh Thunder’s Mark Hayes making the panel of 34 boys. The squad was chosen by Ireland U15 Men’s Head Coach Pat Price from a process which began at Post-Primary Schools Inter-Regionals and included open trials of up to 100 hopefuls before a final trial session in Gormanstown College, Co Meath last Saturday.
The club wishes Mark all the best in his time with the Ireland squad and are extremely proud of his achievement.
The Thunder took on the unbeaten Armagh Bisons in the Station Centre last week with the winners going top of the table in Division One. The Bisons were relegated from the Wingfoot Premier League last season but they were exhibiting premier level team basketball from the start.
A. Pauparis opening the scoring for Bisons with a quick three-pointer to contribute to his 11 points in the first quarter. Omagh conceded 12 points from long range leading to a 15-24 deficit after the opening 10 minutes. Padraig Donovan and Dermot Gillan scored for Omagh to keep them in the game.
Omagh started the second period well with Tiyrone Weir and Joey Hale scoring inside and Donovan hitting two from downtown to cut the lead to 30-36. Armagh then put their foot on the gas with Pauparis continuing to prove hard to guard scoring from all over the court. The Bisons defending was stifling Omagh’s comeback attempt while U. Petrauskas then scored 6 points to end the half and put Armagh well ahead with a scoreline of 35-53.
Omagh matched Armagh basket for basket in the third quarter holding them to 14 points but unfortunately couldn’t reduce the lead despite good scores from Daz Minkus and Donovan.
Increased intensity from Omagh’s defence in the 4th quarter led to some steals and baskets to trim the Bison’s lead but the visitors eventually found their range and some excellent passing and rebounding saw out the game for them by 20 points.
Omagh slip down to 2nd place on the league table now with a 4W – 2L record and with Armagh now unbeaten in 5 games they top the league and look very difficult to catch.
The Thunder face Newry Flyers next away on Tuesday 24th.
Omagh Thunder 67
Armagh Bisons 87
Basketball NI Division One
Omagh Thunder vs Letterkenny Blaze
League newcomers Letterkenny Blaze were a relative unknown to Omagh coming into this game with Omagh still confident at the top of the league despite their loss to Craigavon the previous week.
The Blaze looked out of sorts to start the game and the Thunder wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead with impeccable shooting from Padraig Donovan and Vytarus Jankus scoring 8 and 9 respectively in the first quarter. Omagh’s defence was clicking too, holding the visitors to only 11 points for a 22-11 lead.
The game then took a turn for the worse for Omagh over the 2nd and 3rd quarter as the once easy shots were now not dropping as the Blaze figured out their defensive match-ups and intensity. A lack of movement on offense and a poor rebounding effort on defense allowed Letterkenny to keep pace in the 2nd and then almost take over in the 3rd quarter. Mark Thornton led the Blaze from the point guard position showing off incredible athleticism and ball handling as he consistently torched the Omagh defenders from inside and out.
The first quarter Thunder lead was now gone and the score was 42-42 going into the final quarter. A big quarter was needed for Omagh and new recruit Janis Krustins got them started with 4 points including a smart reverse layup under pressure. Veterans Dermot Gillan and Aidan Bradley then got into the action with two 3-pointers from Bradley and two mid range buckets from Gillan to get the crowd into the game and the Thunder back in the driving seat. The Weigh Inn Bar game MVP Vytarus Jankus then nailed a 3-pointer from the wing to push the lead to 9 points.
The Blaze were not finished yet though with Thornton and J. McIntyre hitting 3-pointers of their own to narrow the lead but time was not on their side. Omagh’s Padraig Donovan splashed home a final 3-pointer and Daz Minkus made a layup to cap off the game and seal the 7 point win for Omagh.
A record of 4 wins and 1 loss see’s Omagh top the table with 2nd place Armagh Bisons (4-0) visiting this Thursday night (12th Nov) at 8.15pm in the Station Centre in what will be the most important home game of the season for the Thunder. All supporters are very welcome.
Omagh Thunder 67
Letterkenny Blaze 60
Basketball NI Mens Division One – Omagh Thunder vs Craigavon Eagles
After the win in Dungannon, Omagh were top of the league on 3 wins from 3 games and hoping to extend that record with a home game to the unpredictable Craigavon Eagles.
The Eagles got out to a hot start leading 9-3 early behind 5 points from Martonaz forcing an early timeout from Coach Aidan Bradley to settle the squad into the game. 3-pointers from Vic Jankus and Padraig Donovan calmed the home team nerves and left it 17-19 going into the 2nd quarter in favour of the visitors.
The Craigavon men were proving difficult to defend against with multiple threats from under the basket and on the 3-point line. Joey Hale kept Omagh in the chase with two 3-point plays in the period meaning Omagh were only down by 5 at the half.
The Eagles decided to switch their defensive approach in the 3rd quarter which favoured the Thunder’s long range shooter Padraig Donovan who caught fire and drained four 3-pointers in 5 minutes to swing the lead and the momentum in Omagh’s favour. The Eagles were only down by 1 point however thanks to excellent individual play by Eidmaniaz who was proving impossible to guard.
The home crowd were then treated to an exhibition of long range shooting class by both teams in the 4th quarter. Charlie McKinney and Daz Minkus found the bottom of the net from downtown to start, quickly answered by the Eagles Martonaz who hit and amazing five 3-pointers to put Eagles ahead. The Weigh Inn match MVP Vic Jankus replied in style for Omagh launching four successful triples including two shots from almost 2 metres behind the arc and one were he was fouled in the act of shooting.
A frantic finish to the game saw Eidmaniaz put the visitors up by 2 with 5 seconds on the clock but unfortunately the Thunder could not get a score in the dying seconds and the Eagles had ended the Thunders perfect start to their league campaign.
The Thunder will be hoping to recover next Thursday night 5th November at home to Letterkenny Blaze in the Station Centre at 8.15pm.
Omagh Thunder 83
Craigavon Eagles 85
Basketball NI Mens Division One
Tyrone Towers vs Omagh Thunder
The Thunder travelled to Dungannon for the County Derby match-up which last year produced some very tight finishes and both teams winning two of four games against each other.
With only 7 players making the journey Omagh were still confident they could snatch a win and they started well taking an early lead 14-6 in the first quarter with 4 different players getting on the scoreboard.
The Towers adjusted in the 2nd quarter and settled into their offence with M. Gallagher and P. Barker causing problems for Omagh outside and inside. The Towers were improving on the defensive end too holding the Thunder to 9 points and levelling the game at half time 23-23.
Omagh picked it up to start the 2nd half and facing a Towers full court press which they knew all too well from last season they were able to adapt and sneak ahead by 1 point after much needed scoring from Joey Hale and Vic Jankus. The Towers persisted with their pressing defence in the 4th quarter and by now the Thunder were picking it apart making for easy layups and drawing fouls from the Towers defenders. A succession of free throw chances ensued with the Weigh Inn MVP Joey Hale hitting 5 from the charity stripe late-on and Dermot Gillan icing the game with a wide open layup and crucial defensive rebound to hold off the Towers late surge.
Tyrone Towers 57
Omagh Thunder 63