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Basketball Will Return To Worcester Sports

Worcester 78s Tip Saturday November 10

Podcast 78 Episode 3 – Sam Longwell

Podcast 78 Episode 3 – Sam Longwell

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.

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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

Games Played

Kamahl Walker – 17
Scotty Tavares-Taylor -17

Worcester 78s Kamahl Walker

Points Per Game

Tony Gallo – 32

Tony Gallo Worcester 78s Scoring Leader

Rebounds Per Game

Sam Longwell – 6.8

Sam Longwell Rebound Leader

Assists Per Game

Tony Gallo – 5.5

Tony Gallo 2017-18 Worcester 78s Assists Leader

Steals Per Game

Scotty Tavares-Taylor – 2.9

Scotty Tavares Taylor Steals Leader

Blocks Per Game

Jose Cruz Jr. – 2.0

Scotty Tavares Taylor Steals Leader

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2018-2019 Team Schedule

2018-19 Season Schedule

DateGameTime/ResultsLeagueSeasonCourtArticleMatch Day
ABA2018-19Brooklyn Stuy Dome-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens-
ABA2018-19Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center-
ABA2018-19GymRatz Performance-
ABA2018-19Don Bosco Technology Academy-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Marian High School-
ABA2018-19Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Marian High School-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Marian High School-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Worcester State University - Wellness Center-
ABA2018-19Johnson College-

ABA Basketball Team

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

Worcester Counts Logo

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,

Bay State Bombadiers Logo

The Bay State Bombardiers played in Worcester over two seasons from 1984 to 86. Former Boston Celtics forward Dave Cowens coached the team. They played at the Worcester Auditorium.