Record: 37-19, second in American
Conference Mideast Division of 13-team league, although franchise
Diego folded in midseason.
Playoffs: Beat Grand Rapids 3-1 in a best-of-five opener, but
fell 3-2 to Fort Wayne in a wild, best-of-five conference final.
leaders: Jay Taylor 18.8, Kelby Stuckey 18.2, Litterial
Green 16.3, LaBradford Smith 15.6.
leaders: Gerard King 9.0, Stuckey 8.6, Kurt Portmann
leaders: Green 6.2, Smith 4.8.
in review: The Thunder actually finished
with two more wins than former assistant coach Mike Mashak’s
conference champion Rockford Lightning, but lost their last
That included the season finale at The Mark when they needed
to win just three quarter points from Rockford to claim the title
but netted just two. ... The postseason series with Fort Wayne
reached a new level of strange when leading scorer Taylor was
arrested after an overtime Game 3 loss at Fort Wayne on an outstanding
battery warrant from the previous year. The Thunder won without
Taylor the following night on the road, but lost the deciding
game two nights later at home. ... Taylor, who battled alcohol
problems throughout his career, died three years later in a strange
apartment fire in his native Aurora.