78s Training Camp Launch

A Great Sunday Of Work For The First Session Of The Season
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78s Training Camp Launch

A Great Sunday Of Work For The First Session Of The Season

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A Season Of Great Potential Started On Sunday

Worcester 78s training camp launch for 2018 was on Sunday! 78s Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Anthony Leonelli held a competitive session of near three hours on Sunday  The four currently committed 78s players were on the court along with other likely returners. An exciting group of potential new additions to the team were also on the grind in what was a competitive day of basketball.

McCarthy & Longwell swapping out  Gallo & Cruz 2 on 2  mastascusa in the post

New Additions Are Coming Soon

Until the team reaches an agreement, names of new players will be confidential.. New additions to the team will be announced in the near future. There is a lot to be excited about! Potential additions include players from all three divisions of NCAA basketball and a mix of professional experience overseas. There is also a high probability one of our new teammates will be one of the best players in the history of a local division three school. That school couldn’t be closer to the place we call home (big market tease).

Training Camp Launch With Bigs

One area the team looks to be improving is in size. Last season Coach Leonelli often featured two “bigs.” This season the team looks to be in a position to suit up a true center, near 7′. Alongside him a physical stretch forward and Jose Cruz Jr., our 6’7″ starting forward last season. Domenick Mastascusa, standing 6’5″, was an important part of the team off the bench last season until an injury in February. That extra size should result in improvement in rebounding where the team struggled last year.

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Antony Leonelli 78s  Head Coach

Improved Shooting Depth

Coming out of a season with a strong back court the three top scorers already committed to the upcoming season. The 78s could return with the same lineup of shooters and be as competitive. With the potential of an accurate shooting stretch forward being added to the mix, the team could look similar and expect similar results. Complacency will not bring home a title. While tryouts are over for this season, recruiting is a constant pursuit for the 78s well beyond training camp launch.

Returning Players

Returning player and last year’s leading scorer Tony Gallo looks poised to have another league leading season. In the training camp launch session on Sunday Tony hit several deep three’s. He turned heads around with his crossover, got to the rim and made several needle threading passes.

Tony Gallo

Returning player and last year’s leading scorer Tony Gallo looks poised to have another league leading season. In the training camp launch session on Sunday Tony hit several deep three’s. He turned heads around with his crossover, got to the rim and made several needle threading passes.

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017-18 Worcester 78s 48.684 42.138 84.524 14 6.6 5.5 2.8 0.4 31.9
Total 48.684 42.138 84.524 14 6.6 5.5 2.8 0.4 31.9

Kamahl Walker

As 78s second leading scorer in his rookie season, there are high expectations for Kamahl Walker this season. He continued to look as improved as last month in our Worcester tryout session. His characteristic jump shot hang time was in full effect and he hit a ton shots from all over the court. Already a weapon for the team last season, Kamahl has the ability to put this team over the top this season if he continues to progress.

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017-18 Worcester 78s 52.381 42.000 71.667 17 4.2 4.8 1.0 0.2 20.5
Total 52.381 42.000 71.667 17 4.2 4.8 1.0 0.2 20.5

Jose Cruz Jr.

Returning for his second season with the team, Jose looked to have improved strength, which is a scary proposition. Often matched against players larger than him Sunday’s training camp launch session (also scary), Jose was moving mountains. Jose talked about being in better shape going into this season in episode 2 of Podcast 78. He’s going to be an anchor of what is shaping up to be an interesting front court this season.

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017-18 Worcester 78s 44.762 18.182 74.074 14 6.2 2.1 0.9 2.0 8.6
Total 44.762 18.182 74.074 14 6.2 2.1 0.9 2.0 8.6

Sam Longwell

Sam Longwell was with Gallo in five on five action and looked to step right back into the chemistry they showed last season. Alongside players new to Coach Leo’s high tempo offense, Sam was finding open looks and draining most. Seeing these two players continue to build on last season will be something to watch.

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017-18 Worcester 78s 50.761 43.802 76.667 14 6.8 2.9 1.1 0.4 20.0
Total 50.761 43.802 76.667 14 6.8 2.9 1.1 0.4 20.0

Scotty Tavares-Taylor

Scotty Tavares-Taylor, the starting point guard last season and the team’s leader in steals was also at launch day. Scotty played in all 17 games last season and is an excellent passer who hits clutch shots. He’s also a stabilizing factor on offense who can run an offense that runs the court hard. He’s also a cerebral player who knows when to slow play down and set up the half court offense. While Scotty is not formally on this season’s roster, it would be unthinkable this team would move forward without him. Scotty did what anyone that knows his game would expect of him on Sunday. He made precision passes and hit big shots to close out.

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Total 38.158 30.769 74.419 5.5 4.2 2.9 0.1 10.1

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Scotty Tavares Taylor

Sean McCarthy Sean McCarthy stands 6’11” and is a wide and long presence in the middle. The use of his length clogs up efforts to get to the rim against any player. Sean started slow start last season but was an immense presence down the stretch. In the last five regular season games he had three double-doubles. In one game where he collected 15 points and 15 rebounds. Looking in late season form on Sunday, Sean caused problems for offensive players from start to finish.  He had several rebounds on both ends and changed shots all afternoon. He had a solid training camp launch session.

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017-18 Worcester 78s 61.250 0.000 44.444 15 6.0 0.5 0.4 1.4 7.3
Total 61.250 0.000 44.444 15 6.0 0.5 0.4 1.4 7.3

sean at foul line in camp

Sean McCarthy

Domenick Mastascusa Domenick Mastascusa followed up his strong performance last month by looking further improved on Sunday. He’s proved his broken foot of late last season is well behind him.

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017-18 Worcester 78s 52.632 0.000 63.636 10 3.3 0.6 0.4 0.2 5.0
Total 52.632 0.000 63.636 10 3.3 0.6 0.4 0.2 5.0

dominick mastascusa during timeout

Domenick Mastascusa

Domonique Bull Bull is a talented player who fights for rebounds, shoots from high percentage areas and plays strong defense. He played at Missouri as a freshman and graduated from Rhode Island College. He played in 10 games for the 78s last season, shooting 52%

ABA

Season Team FG% 3P% FT% G RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017-18 Worcester 78s 52.778 50.000 40.000 10 3.3 0.7 0.6 0.2 5.0
Total 52.778 50.000 40.000 10 3.3 0.7 0.6 0.2 5.0

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Domonique Bull

Sunday’s session was exciting! The 78s are poised to be a better product on the court this season in the follow up to their 13-4 season last year.

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78s Training Camp Closes

Report from the final day of training camp on October 7

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October 7th was the last day of training camp for this season as we get close to our season opening roster and team practices set to start soon. Our season starts on November 3 on the road at the New York Lightning before our home opener on November 10

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Two New Additions

Naadir Tharpe

Announced in a press conference last week in Worcester. Naadir Tharpe has joined the 78’s for this season and was at the final training camp session. As expected, he’s a very sharp passer with a ton of velocity on the ball when he moves it around the perimeter and excellent interior passing ability.

One thing that stood out was Naadir’s exceptionally quick feet on the defensive end. There were some good one on one battles during the session, especially with Kamahl Walker. It was fun to see the competition level rising as the season gets closer.

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Maurice Horton

Also announced at last week’s conference, Mo was limited in practice as a precautionary measure while a very minor injury finished healing. He was shooting well from long range and will be in full practice before the season begins.

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Clyde Niba

Recently back from a stint living in Dallas, former WPI team captain Clyde Niba joined the team’s workout on Sunday. He looked exceptional with a handful of blocks during the session and shooting very well from the outside and three point range.

No word yet on what the future holds here. Clyde’s participation was a bit informal but it was great to see him back on a court in Massachusetts. We’ll see how things progress in the coming weeks.

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Dimitri Flores

A player from SNHU with international experience that’s not been mentioned before, Dimitri started camp looking very strong. He finished camp on Sunday just as strong. He is seemingly a good fit for Coach Leonelli‘s offense with strong ability to get to the rack, high quality outside shooting and can swing it on the outside.

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Coming Up This Week

Coach Leo is in process of finalizing his roster. We’ll have two announcements this week on new players for this upcoming season.

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