Atlantic Coast Cardinals
Atlantic Coast Cardinals vs. Worcester 78s
November 24, 2018
52 and 33. Those were the two numbers that culminated in the Worcester 78s’ Saturday night victory over the Atlantic Coast Cardinals in Florida, New York. Despite the absences of Naadir Tharpe and Mark Cornelius, the 78s overmatched the Cardinals from start to finish, taking the game 170-113.
Worcester began regulation up 4-0, thanks to four technical free throws made by Daivon Edwards, who was playing in his first game against the Cardinals. Edwards followed that up with a three-point basket from behind the top of the key to make it 7-0.
Scott Tavares-Taylor then scored a three-pointer from behind the right corner of the basket, to make it 10-0 Worcester.
Atlantic Coast would get on the board after a basket from Kenny Jones, who was also fouled on the shot. Jones made the free throw, and the score became 10-3.
Jose Cruz Jr. was then fouled and made one out of two foul shots to make it 11-3. The Cardinals would cut it to 11-5, but Worcester continued to attack on offense. Maurice Horton rebounded his own shot by tipping the ball into the hoop with his fingertips, to make it 13-5.
Worcester then used the perimeter of the three-point line to their advantage, as they executed a swift passing sequence that led to a three-point basket from Sam Longwell, which made it 16-5.
The Cardinals cut it to 16-10, but Dimitri Floras put up a three-pointer to make it 19-10. Worcester then went on a 16-4 run, to widen the gap to 36-14. They’d eventually end the first quarter with a commanding 52-28 lead.
Worcester continued the offensive outburst in the second quarter, beginning with a basket by Longwell from inside the paint. Jerry Buchanon then added three more points after he was fouled, to make it 57-28.
After a mini offense run by the Cardinals, in which they went on a 6-1 run, Floras added another three-point basket from behind the corner of the arc, to make it 61-34. With the score 61-36, Worcester again went on an extended offensive run, outscoring Atlantic Coast 11-2, and increasing the lead to 72-38.
The Cardinals did manage to cut into the lead and managed to go on a 10-0 run to make it 72-48. However, they still couldn’t figure out the 78s while playing defense. Subsequently, Worcester led at the half, 85-58.
Worcester would continue to nail more baskets as the third quarter began. Buchanon took center stage, scoring the first eight points of the quarter for the 78s. He scored back-to-back three-point baskets to make it 91-58, and then scored a hook shot to make it 93-60.
Tavares-Taylor also continued his strong showing on the night, as he sank a beautiful three-pointer from well beyond the arc, getting nothing but net, to make it 96-60.
The Cardinals would get on the board and the score would be 99-62. The 78s would again respond and proceeded to go on another big run, outscoring the Cardinals 12-0, to make the score 111-62.
The 78s entered triple digits on a three-pointer from Tony Gallo, which was made after the team had missed three straight shots and had rebounded each time. The fourth time was the charm for Worcester, as they blew the game wide open and led 137-82, at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter saw the 78s increase their lead to more than half a century, as they led 150-97 at the 7:34 mark of the game. Atlantic Coast was physically and emotionally exhausted from trying to keep up with the furious pace that the 78s had set from the start.
Ultimately, it was all 78s, as they outscored the Cardinals in the fourth quarter, 33-31, winning the game, 170-113. Worcester scored 52 points in the first and third quarter, and 33 points in the second and fourth quarter.
With the win, the 78s improve to 3-1 on the season. Their next game will be against the Jersey Express on December 1, at the Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth, NJ before returning home on December 8.
Naadir Tharpe – Illness
Mark Cornelius – Back
Atlantic Coast Cardinals
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