Quad City Thunder

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Quad City Thunder
League CBA 1987-2001
Founded 1987
Folded 2001
History Quad City Thunder
1987-2001
Arena i wireless Center
Location Moline, Illinois
Team colors Blue, Red and White
Head coach Mauro Panaggio (1987-1991).
Ownership Anne Potter DeLong (1987-1997)
Championships 2 (1994, 1998)
Website www.qcthunder.com
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The MARK of the Quad Cities was home to the Quad City Thunder

The Quad City Thunder were a Continental Basketball Association franchise that was based in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. They played in the CBA from the 1987-1988 season until the CBA folded in 2001.[1] The Thunder were successful on the court, capturing CBA championships in the 1993-1994 and 1997-1998 seasons, and runner-up in the 1990-1991 season.[2]

The Thunder played their home games at legendary Wharton Field House in Moline, Il. until the 1993 opening of the Mark of the Quad Cities (now the i wireless Center) in downtown Moline. Initially a great success in the CBA, the Thunder struggled towards the end of their existence, especially with competition from their co-tenants at the Mark, the Quad City Mallards hockey team.

Championship Seasons[edit]

The 1993-94 team went 34-22 under Dan Panaggio. They swept through the playoffs, defeating: Rochester (Minn.) Renegades in overtime of a playoff play-in in Bismarck, N.D.; Grand Rapids 4-1 in best-of-seven second round; La Crosse 4-0 in conference finals; and Omaha 4-1, winning last three on road to claim franchise’s first league title. The Thunder won the opener in double overtime after Tate George tied the game with last-second buckets at both the end of regulation and of the first overtime. The Thunder then lost the second game in triple overtime, but won three straight in Omaha, the last in OT. Chris Childs averaged 17.4 points and 8.5 assists in the playoffs, was the Finals MVP and went on to the National Basketball Association. Other key players were Harold Ellis 21.4ppg, Tate George 16.4, Bobby Martin 13.6, Barry Mitchell 13.0, Matt Fish 7.1RPG, Ashraf Amaya 6.9, and Cedric Henderson 6.1.[3]

The 1997-98 Thunder finished 38-18 under Dan Panaggio. In the playoffs: Swept La Crosse in three games, defeated Rockford in five . They won a deciding seventh at home over Sioux Falls to capture their second CBA Championship. Key players were: Jimmy King 16.4ppg, Jeff McInnis 14.9ppg, Alvin Sims 13.6ppg, Doug Smith 12.8ppg, Willie Burton 11.6, Byron Houston 8.7Rpg, and Barry Sumpter. King won league MVP, 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.[3]

The Thunder and their fans enjoyed a spirited rivalry with the Rockford Lightning.

The Thunder's mascot was Thor, the Norse god of thunder.

Hall of Fame player George Gervin played for the Thunder in 1989-90.

Franchise Coaches[edit]

  • Mauro Panaggio 132-88 15-18 (1987-1991)
  • Dan Panaggio 313-191 41-30 (1991-2000)
  • Bob Thornton 8-13 (2000-2001) .[3]

CBA Most Valuable Player[edit]

Quad City Thunder All-Time Roster[edit]

CBA champions[edit]

Thunder NBA Callups[edit]

1988-89

  • Kevin Gamble, Boston
  • Bill Jones, New Jersey
  • Anthony Bowie, San Antonio
  • Corey Gaines, New Jersey
  • Barry Sumpter, L.A. Clippers

1989-90

  • Nate Johnston, Portland, Utah
  • Kenny Gattison, Charlotte

1990-91

  • A.J. Wynder, Boston
  • Tony Harris, Philadelphia

1991-92

  • Steve Scheffler, Sacramento
  • Anthony Bowie, Orlando

1992-93

  • Derek Strong, Milwaukee

1993-94

  • Harold Ellis, L.A. Clippers
  • Morlon Wiley, Miami

1994-95

  • Greg Sutton, Charlotte
  • Kevin Pritchard, Philadelphia, Miami
  • Randolph Keys, Lakers, Milwaukee
  • Tate George, Milwaukee

1995-96

  • Kevin Pritchard, Washington

1996-97

  • Joe Courtney, Philadelphia
  • Erick Strickland, Dallas
  • Rich Manning, L.A. Clippers
  • Jimmy King, Denver
  • Matt Steigenga, Chicago

1997-98

  • Litterial Green, Milwaukee
  • Willie Burton, San Antonio

1998-99

  • J.R. Henderson, Vancouver
  • Jeff McInnis, Washington

1999-00

  • Jeff McInnis, L.A. Clippers
  • Maceo Baston, Milwaukee
  • Jamel Thomas, Boston, Portland

2000-01

  • John Coker, Golden .[3]

Complete CBA History Team list[edit]

  • Albany Patroons (1982/83-1992, 2005/06-present)
  • Albuquerque Silvers (1980/81-84/85, as Alberta Dusters in 1980/81-81/82; as Las Vegas Silvers in 1982/83; moved to Albuquerque during 1982/83 season)
  • Allentown Rockets (1946/47)
  • Anchorage Northern Knights (1977/78-81/82)
  • Asbury Park Boardwalkers (1966/67-67/68)
  • Atlantic City Hi-Rollers (1977/78-81/82, as Washington Metros in 1977/78; as Baltimore Metros in 1978/79; moved to Utica during 1978/79 season; as Mohawk Valley Thunderbirds in 1978/79; as Utica Olympics in 1979/80)
  • Bakersfield Jammers (1989/90-91/92, as San Jose Jammers in 1989/90-90/91; folded during 1991/92 season)
  • Berwick Carbuilders (1949/50-50/51; 1952/53-53/54)
  • Billings Volcanos (1979/80-82/83, as Hawaii Volcanos in 1979/80)
  • Brooklyn Dodgers (1977/78)
  • Butte Daredevils (2006/07-07/08)
  • Camden Bullets (1958/59-65/66, as Baltimore Bullets in 1958/59-60/61), Bullets (1970/71)
  • Charleston Gunners (1974/75-1986/87)
  • Cherry Hill Rookies (1973/74-74/75)
  • Chicago Rockers (1994/95-95/96)
  • Connecticut Gold Coast Stars (1975/76), Pride (1982/83-94/95, 1994/95-00/01, as Albany Patroons in 1982/83-91/92; as Capital Region Pontiacs 1992/93; as Hartford Hellcats in 1993/94-94/95; disbanded during 1994/95 season)
  • Dakota Wizards (2001/02-2005/06) (from IBA in 2000/01; to NBA Development League in 2006/07)
  • Delaware Blue Bombers (1963/64-70/71, as Wilmington Blue Bombers in 1963/64-69/70)
  • East Kentucky Miners (2007/08-08/09) (to American Basketball Association in 2009/10)
  • East Orange Colonials (1972/73-73/74, as Garden State Colonials in 1972/73)
  • Easton Madisons (1956/57-60/61)
  • Evansville Thunder (1984/85-85/86)
  • Fargo-Moorhead Beez (2001/02)
  • Florida Beachdogs (1984/85-96/97, as Tampa Bay Thrillers in 1984/85-85/86; moved to Rapid City before playoffs during 1985/86 season; as Rapid City Thrillers in 1985/86-94/95)
  • Fort Wayne Fury (1991/92-00/01)
  • Gary Steelheads (2000/01; 2000/01-2005/06) (to United States Basketball League in 2007)
  • Grand Rapids Hoops (1989/90-00/01, 2001/02-02/03, as Grand Rapids Mackers in 1994/95-95/96)
  • Great Falls Explorers (2006/07-2007/08)
  • Great Lakes Storm (2001/02-04/05, as Flint Fuze in 2001/02)
  • Hamden Bics (1965/66-66/67; 1968/69-70/71, as New Haven Elms in 1965/66-66/67 & 1968/69)
  • Hamilton Pat Pavers (1970/71-73/74, as Trenton Pat Pavers in 1970/71-71/72); as Binghamton Flyers (1967/68-69/70), as Bridgeport Flyers in 1967-68)
  • Harrisburg Capitols (1952/53), Senators (1947/48-50/51, Patriots (1965/66-66/67), Hammerheads (1978/79-94/95, as Maine Lumberjacks in 1978/79-82/83; as Bay State Bombardiers in 1983/84-85/86; as Pensacola Tornados in 1986/87-90/91; as Birmingham Bandits in 1991/92; as Rochester Renegade in 1992/93-93/94; folded during 1994/95 season)
  • Hartford Capitols (1966/67-73/74), Downtowners (1976/77)
  • Hazleton Mountaineers (1946/47-47/48, Mountaineers (1951/52), Hawks (1953/54-61/62), Bits (1971/72) (as Cherry Hill Demons in 1971/72)
  • Indiana Alley Cats (2006/07)
  • Idaho Stampede (1997/98-00/01; 2002/03-2005/06) (to NBA Development League in 2006/07)
  • Jersey Shore Bullets (1972/73-78/79, as Hamburg Bullets in 1972/73; moved to Hazleton during 1972/73 season; as Hazleton Bullets in 1972/73-76/77; moved to Asbury Park during 1976/77 season; as Shore Bullets in 1976/77)
  • Johnstown C-J's (1965/66)
  • La Crosse Bobcats (1983/84-00/01, as Toronto Tornados in 1983/84-85/86; moved to Pensacola during 1985/86 season; as Pensacola Tornados in 1985/86; as Jacksonville Jets in 1986/87; moved to Biloxi during 1986/87 season; as Mississippi Jets in 1986/87-87/88; as Wichita Falls Texans in 1988/89-93/94; as Chicago Rockers in 1994/95-95/96)
  • Lancaster Red Roses (1946/47-54/55; 1978/79-1989/90, as Lancaster Rockets in 1949/50-52/53)
  • Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry (2007/08-08/09) (to Premier Basketball League in 2009/10)
  • Lebanon Seltzers (1952/53-53/54)
  • Lehigh Valley Jets (1957/58-80/81, as Wilmington Jets in 1957/58; as Allentown Jets in 1958/59-78/79)
  • Long Island Sounds (1975/76), Ducks (1977/78)
  • Maine Windjammers (1983/84-85/86, as Puerto Rico Coquis in 1983/84-84/85)
  • Miami Majesty (2007/08)-?
  • Michigan Mayhem (2004/05-05/06)
  • Minot SkyRockets (2006/07-08/09)
  • Montana Golden Nuggets (1980/81-82/83)
  • New York-Harlem Yankees (1955/56, replaced Trenton Capitols during season)
  • Oklahoma City Cavalry (1990/91-96/97)
  • Omaha Racers (1982/83-96/97, as Wisconsin Flyers in 1982/83-86/87; as Rochester Flyers in 1987/88-88/89)
  • Philadelphia Lumberjacks (1947/48)
  • Pittsburgh Piranhas (1983/84-94/95, as Louisville Catbirds in 1983/84-84/85; as La Crosse Catbirds in 1985/86-93/94)Pittsburgh Pirianas (1994/95), Xplosion (2006-07-present)
  • Pottsville Packers (1946/47-51/52, as Binghamton Triplets (basketball) in 1946/47; moved to Pottsville during 1946/47 season; as Pottsville Pros in 1946/47)
  • Quad City Thunder (1987/88-00/01)
  • Quincy Chiefs (1977/78)
  • Providence Shooting Stars (1977/78)
  • Reading Merchants (1946/47-51/52, as Reading Keys in 1946/47-48/49; as Reading Rangers in 1949/50-50/51) Keys (1957/58)
  • Reno Bighorns (1982/83)
  • Rio Grande Valley Silverados (2007/08) (to ABA 2008/09)
  • Rochester Zeniths (1978/79-82/83)
  • Rockford Lightning (1975/76-00/01, 2001/02-2005-06, as Lancaster Red Roses in 1975/76-79/80, as * Philadelphia Kings in 1980/81, as Lancaster Lightning in 1981/82-84/85, as Baltimore Lightning in 1985/86)
  • San Diego Wildcards (1982/83-95/96, as Detroit Spirits in 1982/83-85/86; as Savannah Spirits in 1986/87-87/88; as Tulsa Fast Breakers in 1988/89-90/91; as Tulsa Zone in 1991/92; as Fargo-Moorhead Fever in 1992/93-93/94; as Mexico City Aztecas during 1994/95; folded during 1995/96 season)
  • Santa Barbara Islanders (1989/90)
  • Saskatchewan Hawks (2001/02) (from IBA)
  • Scranton Apollos (1954/55-76/77, as Scranton Miners in 1954/55-69/70), Aces (1975/76-80/81, as Wilkes-Barre Barons in 1975/76; moved to Brooklyn during 1975/76 season; as Brooklyn Pros in 1975/76; as Wilkes-Barre Barons in 1976-77-78/79; as Pennsylvania Barons in 1979/80)
  • Shreveport Storm (1983/84-95/96, as Sarasota Stingers in 1983/84-84/85; as Florida Stingers in 1985/86; as Charleston Gunners in 1986/87-88/89; as Columbus Horizon in 1989/90-93/94; as Shreveport Crawdads in 1994/95)
  • Sioux Falls Skyforce (1989/90-00/01; 2001/02-2005/06, as Sioux Falls Sky Force in 1989/90-00/01) (to NBA Development League in 2006/07)
  • SoCal Legends (2007/08-?)
  • Springfield Hall of Famers (1968/69, disbanded during season)
  • Sunbury Mercuries (1947/48-70/71)
  • Syracuse Centennials (1976/77, disbanded during season)
  • Trenton Capitols (1955/56, replaced by New York-Harlem Yankees during season), Colonials (1961/62-68/69), Capitols (1975/76)
  • Tri-City Chinook (1982/83-86/87, 1988/89-94/95, as Ohio Mixers in 1982/83-83/84; as Cincinnati Slammers in 1984/85-86/87; as Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets in 1988/89-90/91)
  • Utah Eagles (2006/07, folded mid-season)
  • Vancouver Dragons (2007/08-09/10) (never actually played a game)
  • Wilkes-Barre Aces (1952/53) (from Pottsville Packers, folded in mid-season), Barons (1946/47, 1954/55-73/74)
  • Williamsport Billies (1947/48-63/64)
  • Wyoming Wildcatters (1982/83-87/88)
  • Yakama Sun Kings (1985/86-00/01, 2002/03-2007/08, as Kansas City Sizzlers in 1985/86; as Topeka Sizzlers in 1986/87-89/90; as Yakima Sun Kings in 1990/91-2000/01, 2002/03-04/05)

York Victory A.C. (1948/49-1949/50), later as York Professionals (1950/51), later as York Cleaners (1951/52), moved in mid-season as Ashland Greens, moved again in mid-season as Hazleton Mountaineers

  • Hawaii Volcanos (1991/92)
  • Puerto Rico Coquis (1983/84-1985/86)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The CBA Museum". Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Quad City Thunder history, stats, career". www.basketpedya.com. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Qcthunder.Com
  4. ^ a b Continental Basketball Association - Hoopedia

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