Portage County Thunder take 3rd Place at State Finals

  Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #1 Jeremy Sands#1 Jeremy Sands Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #2 Justin Lisonbee#2 Justin Lisonbee Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #3 Kevin Garlitz#3 Kevin Garlitz Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #4 Mason Lease#4 Mason Lease Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #5 Josh Horner#5 Josh Horner Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #10 Robert Lisonbee#10 Robert Lisonbee Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #11 Donovan Laurenzi#11 Donovan Laurenzi Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #13 Jim Folan#13 Jim Folan Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #14 Shanna Gentile#14 Shanna Gentile Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #15 Chad Howe#15 Chad Howe Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #21 Joe Horner#21 Joe Horner Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #22 Chris Dejanovitz#22 Chris Dejanovitz Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets #23 Shawn Hefferman#23 Shawn Hefferman Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets Portage County CheerleadersPortage County Cheerleaders Portage County Thunder vs. Hamilton County Jets Portage County ThunderPortage County Thunder Previous 1/15 Next
 
The Thunder traveled to The Ohio State University for its second trip in as many years to the Final Four. The team drew the champions out of the West region the Hancock County Buckeyes. The Thunder stormed out from the opening tip to an 8 to 0 lead but the Buckeyes battled back to cut the deficit to two points at the half 30 to 28. The Thunder ran out of steam as Hancock County took a two point lead after 3 and went on to win 53 to 47 ending the Thunder’s hopes of back to back titles. Mason Lease was the leading scorer with 29 points while Kevin Garlitz chipped in with 16. The team took the loss hard but knew they had to regroup for an early 9am game the next day.
 
In the consolation game against the Hamilton County Jets the team was out to make a point. Feeling that they were a team of destiny they rolled to a 24 point half time lead. Mason Lease again led the way and scored 37 points while not playing in the second half. Kevin Garlitz added 11 and Jeremy Sands, Donovan Laurenzi and Chris Dejanovitz also added a bucket each. Good thing there was no team curfew set as rumor has it that Shawn Heffernan, Donovan Laurenzi, Kevin Garlitz and Mason Lease were out at the Quaker Steak and Lube on Friday night drowning there sorrows in wing sauce.
 
Game 1: 47 Portage County Thunder - 53 Hancock County Buckeyes
Game 2: 54 Portage County Thunder - 35 Hamilton County Jets
 
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