Basketball Will Return To Worcester Sports
Worcester 78s Tip Saturday November 10
Episode 3 of Podcast 78 with Sam Longwell who is entering into his third pro season, his second with the 78s. He is former captain of the WPI men’s basketball team.
In episode two of Podcast 78 Worcester native Jose Cruz Jr sits down for for a conversation about his basketball journey and returning to the 78s this season.
In the debut episode of Podcast 78 Worcester native and 78s guard Kamahl Walker sits down to discuss his first year as a professional and announce 2018 plans
The first team experience at Worcester State University was a great day of hoop with some amazing players competing for roster spots. It feels good to be back.
As the 78s finished its first season in March there was one goal that rose to the top of our off season priorities: resign our best player back for the 2018-19
Professional Basketball Team Breaks 28 Year Hoops Drought In Worcester
For 28 long years since 1989 our city had not known professional Worcester basketball. There is baseball, indoor and outdoor football and men’s and women’s hockey. The city has seen baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse and other professional teams come and go since the last pro basketball game here.
Worcester Sports Love Of Basketball
Worcester sports has plenty of love for basketball. Five collegiate programs are included with our private and public high school teams. Three AAU programs along with our community services centers have programs for young people. Numerous private groups, adult leagues, pick up sessions and playground ball sites are in our city.
Somehow for twenty-eight years, with all this basketball activity, Worcester sports was without a professional basketball presence.
2017 Worcester 78s Announcement
During the summer of 2017 Worcester 78s announced a professional team in Worcester in the American Basketball Association (ABA).
On November 5, 2017 twenty-eight long years ended. The 78s started its first season with a win in New Jersey. The new team returned for its first home game the following day.
After winning its home opener 137-116 the new Worcester basketball team won its first five home games and its first nine games overall. The first year ABA basketball team didn’t lose until the start of the calendar year in 2018.
The 2017-18 season ended with a 13-4 record and first-year playoff appearance.
Team Leaders Last Season
Assists Per Game
Tony Gallo – 5.5
Steals Per Game
Scotty Tavares-Taylor – 2.9
2018-2019 Team Schedule
2018-19 Season Schedule
About The ABA
The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a men’s professional basketball league established in 1967. A fast pace of play helped the league gain popularity. It had the three point field goal and encouraged the slam dunk.
Financial difficulties within the ABA led to a merger with the NBA in 1976. The New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets merged into the NBA.
Players from the ABA that became Hall of Fame members include Julius “Dr. J.” Irving, Moses Malone, Connie Hawkins, Larry Brown, Artis Gilmore, Rick Barry and others.
ABA Professional Basketball Returns In 2000
In 2000 Joe Newman and Richard P. Tinkham reached a licensing agreement with the NBA to revive the ABA brand. Tinkman was cofounder of both the original ABA and Indiana Pacers Today the ABA is the largest professional sports organization in the world, featuring over 100 teams and 1,500 players across the United States.
Today the ABA is the largest professional sports organization in the world, featuring over 100 teams and 1,500 players across the United States.
Worcester Basketball History
In 1989 the Worcester Counts played just one season at the Centrum, now DCU Center. It featured Keith Smart who had won a national championship with the Indiana University Hoosiers in 1987. It was a World Basketball League team,