Record: 34-22, third in American
Conference Mideast Division of 16-team league.
Bill Musselman’s Rochester (Minn.) Renegades
in overtime of a playoff play-in in Bismarck, N.D.; topped Grand
Rapids 4-1 in best-of-seven second round; swept La Crosse 4-0
in conference finals; then topped Omaha 4-1, winning last three
on road to claim franchise’s first league title.
Scoring leaders: Harold Ellis 21.4, Chris Childs 17.9, Tate
George 16.4, Bobby Martin 13.6, Barry Mitchell 13.0.
Rebounding leaders: Matt Fish 7.1, Ashraf Amaya 6.9, Cedric
Assist leaders: Childs 7.5, Mitchell 4.6, George 4.5.
Year in review: A
team that was 13-12 on Jan. 15 found its stride in the second half
and exploded in the
postseason. Often forgotten
in that championship-season lore is that the club needed a
big bucket late to force overtime and then move on from the one-and-only
play-in tourney in CBA history. Often remembered are the first
two games of the finals at The Mark vs. Mike Thibault’s
Omaha Racers. The Thunder won the opener in double overtime
after Tate George tied the game with last-second buckets at
end of regulation and of the first overtime. They lost the
second in triple overtime on a late Bart Kofoed 3-pointer,
went on to win three straight in Omaha, the last in OT. Childs
averaged 17.4 points and 8.5 assists in the playoffs, was the
Finals MVP and went on to a starting career in the NBA.