It was raining three-pointers on November 11, as the Worcester 78s improved to 2-0 on the season by defeating the Elite Kings, 133-123, at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens. The 78’s are now 2-1 lifetime against the Kings, losing its away game last season in Queens.
First Eight Shots
The 78s made five of their first eight shots of the game and four of them were from behind the arc. The three-pointers were made by Naadir Tharpe, who scored ten seconds into the game, Lee Vazquez, Dmitri Floras, and Sam Longwell. The Kings kept up with Worcester’s fast pace, as both teams exchanged lay-ups and three-pointers.
However, the 78s would proceed to go on a 13-4 run, which was sparked by more three-pointers, this time by Scotty Tavares-Taylor and Maurice Horton. This enabled the 78s to put some distance between themselves and the Kings, and it would result in them leading after the first quarter, 35-24.
Worcester began the second quarter scoring on a pair of rebounds from Longwell and Chris Fitzgerald, to put them up 39-26. Tony Gallo led the charge for the 78s in the second quarter, as he would go on to score 28 points.
The 78s wouldn’t lose much ground in the second quarter and led the Kings 63-51 at the half.
Floras started the scoring for Worcester in the third quarter. He scored a three-pointer from behind the left corner of the arc, to put the 78s ahead 66-53. A minute later, Longwell hit a three to make it 69-53.
The Kings would then respond with two three-pointers and a layup, to cut the lead down to eight. However, Vazquez put the 78s’ lead back in double digits when he hit a three-pointer, to make it 72-61.
After the Kings responded with a three of their own, Tharpe would go on to score the next six points for Worcester. He was fouled after he made a layup, and then made the free throw for good measure. Tharpe would follow that up with a three-pointer, just beating the shot clock, and making it 81-64, Worcester.
With the score 83-71, Gallo was able to dribble the ball around three defenders, and find the open man in Avery King, who was wide open behind the left corner of the arc. King continued to make that corner Worcester’s best friend as he sank a three-pointer to make it 86-71.
The 78s kept piling it on and eventually ended the third quarter out on top, 102-87. In the fourth quarter, Longwell raced down the court and beat all of the Kings’ defenders and received a pass from Tharpe. Longwell laid it in the net, as he remained perfect from inside the three-point line.
Tharpe also continued to score as he scored in the paint and sank a three-pointer from beyond the key. Worcester would continue to sink basket after
basket and it was eventually too much for the Kings to overcome.
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