Record: 38-18, first in National
Conference of a nine-team league.
Playoffs: Swept La Crosse in three games
in best-of-five opener, but then needed to win a decisive fifth
game at home in the conference
final with Rockford. They won a deciding seventh at home in an
epic finals matchup with Sioux Falls to secure the second Thunder
Scoring leaders: Jimmy King 16.4, Jeff McInnis
14.9, Alvin Sims 13.6, Doug Smith 12.8, Willie Burton 11.6.
leaders: Byron Houston 8.7, Smith 6.8, Barry Sumpter 5.0.
leaders: McInnis 5.6, King 3.3.
Year in review: Six straight wins
to start the season was portent of good things to come. And,
beginning with a New Year’s
Eve win, a 10-game streak kicked the year into high gear. ...
King won MVP honors, McInnis was Newcomer of the Year, Sims
became the Thunder’s first Rookie of the Year and Dan
Panaggio won his second Coach of the Year award. ... The trophy
was completed when Finals MVP Byron Houston double-doubled
on a badly sprained ankle to key a 92-88 Thunder win over Sioux
Falls in Game 7 of the championship series. That laid claim
the franchise’s second Jay Ramsdell championship trophy.
... The Game 7 victory at home was sweet, but the series actually
turned on an epic 108-106 Game 4 win in which, with their team
facing a 3-1 series deficit, McInnis scored 38 points and King
keyed a comeback by scoring seven points in the last minute.