Omagh Thunder Seniors are now 3-0! 90-72 point win vs Magherafelt Titans! 36 points for Charlie McKinney!
On Thursday 19th October, Omagh Thunder welcomed the mighty Magherafelt Titans basketball club for Omagh’s first home game of the season. Omagh were looking forward to this matchup, coming off of two away wins against tough competition. With a good crowd present, Omagh were in the zone and ready to play.
The first quarter started with Tiyrone Weir dominating the post, starting with an early basket and foul. The points quickly racked for both teams with Magherafelt being ahead with a few minutes left however, two 3 pointers from Charlie McKinney and Conall McCann contributing under the rim, Omagh got a good lead 23-16 at the end of the first. Cillian Deehan started the second quarter with a 3 pointer and Ronan Bradley was fouled on a made basket, knocking down the free throw that came with it. Tiyrone Weir then went on his own rampage quickly netting 8 points. Charlie McKinney ended the half with a 7-point run of his own, leaving Omagh Thunder 51-38 up. Good ball movement around the Magherafelt zone defence meant that Omagh weren’t turning the ball over much and were getting good looks.
In the 3rd quarter, Cillian Deehan kept his shooting touch, hitting another 3 pointer with Padraig Donovan netting his own 3. Good ball movement from Omagh saw them get good open shots that they were able to knock down. By the end of the 3rd quarter Omagh were running away with a score line 72-55. Magherafelt had other ideas in mind. With the 4th quarter starting, C McCoy had his fair share of points for Magherafelt, and with the assistance of his teammates, brought Omagh’s lead down to only 10 points at one stage. Charlie McKinney however went on his own 3 point shooting spree, knocking down 4 of his 7 three pointers in the fourth quarter, combining for 14 points in the quarter alone, pushing Omagh’s lead back out and with Eoin Callaghan and Tiyrone Weir contributing as well, Omagh ended the game winners 90-72. Omagh are now 3 wins from 3 for the season topping the table.
MVP honours were split between Tiyrone Weir with 20 points and 8 blocks and Charlie McKinney with 36 points! Omagh Welcome United LT from Cookstown next Thursday at 8:15pm in the Station Centre and hope to continue their unbeaten run. All support welcome!
On Thursday 12th October, Omagh Thunder Senior Men’s hit the road once again, this time away to Belfast Phoenix where they were expecting another tough matchup following last weeks close win against Ballymena. Two away games against top teams to start the season is no easy task but Omagh went into the game with a good mentality.
Omagh started the game matching Phoenix basket for basket with Tiyrone Weir, Charlie McKinney and Padraig Donovan leading Omagh in scoring. The quarter ended 16-16 and the game was already looking to go down to the wire. Omagh came out in the second quarter however, with a new defensive strategy and went on a 20-0 run in the quarter to sail into the lead. Phoenix weren’t able to handle the new defence and their shots weren’t falling allowing Omagh to gain momentum that didn’t seem to stop in the quarter. The first half ended with Omagh 36-16 up and in a comfortable position.
Phoenix weren’t going to give up easily as within the first few minutes of the 3rd, they had clawed back to within 10 points and forcing lots of turnovers for Omagh. Tiyrone Weir played a huge part in keeping Omagh ahead by the end of the quarter, being dominant in the post. Omagh were up by 14 points going into the final quarter 50-36. In the last quarter Omagh were able to maintain their lead and a couple of fast break baskets saw them finish the game with a score line 61-41. Phoenix were great competition but a great second quarter by Omagh Thunder saw them take a comfortable lead that they were able to maintain. Tiyrone Weir took MVP honours with 19 points.
Omagh are home this Thursday 19th October at 8:15pm in the Station Centre to Magherafelt Titans. All support welcome for our first home game of the season!
On Saturday 7th October, Omagh Thunder’s U18 men took to the court to face off against Belfast Phoenix. Omagh were already at a disadvantage having only 5 players against a full Phoenix squad. Despite this Omagh got off to a good start with Ronan Bradley, Oisin Corry and Odhran McDonald contributing throughout. However, with only 5 players Omagh quickly were losing the tempo and Phoenix took full advantage, coming out winners 68-39. Ronan Bradley lead Omagh with 22 points.
The U18 teams next game is on 28th October at home to United LT, all support is welcome!
On Thursday 5th October, Omagh Thunder made the journey to Ballymena to face off in their first league game of the season. Omagh knew Ballymena were going to be good competition from last season and went into the game knowing it was going to be a tough game. Charlie McKinney opened the game up early with a 3 pointer, quickly following it up with a trip to the free throw line for 2 free throws. Padraig Donovan and Ronan McKenna both helped on the offensive end with 3’s of their own, however a run by Ballymena saw them take the first quarter with a 1 point lead, 12-11. In the second quarter Ballymena came out strong with some quick baskets and extended their lead. Omagh were struggling to keep up with the pace and with crucial baskets from Tiyrone Weir and Padraig Donovan, Omagh ended the first half down 26-21. A change in defensive strategy going into the 3rd quarter meant that Omagh was able to capitalise on the defensive rebounds and push the ball forward, allowing Cillian Deehan and Charlie McKinney claiming vital 3 pointers to reduce Ballymena’s lead to 37-34. Going into the last quarter Omagh pushed hard with Tiyrone Weir being the driving force behind Omagh’s baskets with 6 points in the last quarter. Padraig Donovan and Charlie McKinney also contributed baskets of their own to push Omagh ahead in the dying minutes. Superb defence and control of the tempo from Omagh saw them win the quarter 10-2 and getting the win 44-39. MVP honours went to Tiyrone Weir and Charlie McKinney.
Omagh Thunder are on the road again next Thursday facing against Belfast Phoenix, before returning home for their first home game in the Station Centre against Magherafelt on Thursday 19th, Tip off 8:15pm.