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On December 16, 2017 the 78's visited Elmira, New York to play the second year ABA team stationed there. Our previous relationship with the team there had been overwhelmingly positive. Our experience that day was not. After the game took place I announced that the result of the game was pending due to an incident. Within a few days I had announced we were awarded the game in a forfeit.

Despite what has been numerous questions asked by many people since that time, I'd asked our team members not to comment. I was about the December 16 game by someone as recently as at our game on January 28. I still remained tight lipped. 

It is my intention to be as transparent as possible with our team. We are playing  a game. There is no reason to avoid transparency. It is important to me that we make those who support us in making those games happen feel within the flow of information. I have not enjoyed deflecting questions about this topic. Being so early in our history, this is not the tone I want to set or the team I want our organization to be. 

I am addressing this topic now because as of a few days ago, on Saturday February 10, some information was made public by the Elmira Police Department. It was in their jurisdiction the game took place. I thought it was important our organization address what has become public.

As you can probably imagine, because a police department is involved, there is a criminal investigation that is ongoing. That is the reason for the lack of transparency and why I'll be speaking to only the information made public. 

Exceptions To Every Rule

Our team is fortunate to have the teams in our ABA Northeast division that we do. We are in competition with these teams and most certainly want to beat and team we face on the court. There is also significant cooperation needed behind the scenes to make a game happen. Marsha Blount, owner of Jersey Express and also the chairperson of our division, has been an invaluable resource for me personally. I have learned a great deal about the right way to do things from her advice. he individuals that we work within the teams both here in Massachusetts and New York are all great people to work with.

I previously felt the same about the team in Elmira until our visit there in December. What we experienced there was not representative of the ABA or the people we deal with within it.

Coming Down To The Last Shot

With a few seconds to go in the fourth quarter our team down one point. 78s have possession and the inbound pass from underneath our basket. We have a final shot to win an incredible game.

Sam Longwell receives the inbound pass and has a good look but is fouled hard on the arm. The home team begins to celebrate as their bench had not heard the whistle for the foul, which creates players all over the court.

The referees hold a conference to discuss the game situation at mid-court. After a delay of more than seven minutes, the referees determine that 0.4 seconds will be on the clock and Sam will be shooting his free throws.

From there I will refer you to the post by the Elmira Police Department made Saturday February 10 on its Facebook page.

Sam Longwell

Sam Longwell

78s Team Video

There continues to be a criminal investigation related to the events in the video above. Therefore no one from our team with have any further comment on this matter.

Our Players

I can not express enough how proud I am of the way our guys behaved that night. Not one of our players threw a punch. Our players remained on our bench, where they are supposed to be. While there were certainly reasons to react violently, our guys stayed focused on the task at hand.

The 78s will never be a team that goes out and tries to be the "hardest" team. The team will not go onto the court with physical intimidation as a strategy. This team will be hard to beat and its ability to score points in volume will be intimidating. This is about winning basketball games, not having a tough guy front. 

The focus of our guys in what was an extremely difficult circumstance was beyond what anyone could expect. They displayed professionalism. 

Elmira Police Department

Over the last two months, starting from their arrival on the scene that night, the Elmira Police Department has been exemplary. They have been professional, courteous and responsive. I want to thank them and specifically the investigating officer for their hard work in seeking an appropriate resolution to this situation

Looking for a ninth win in a row this season after a two-week hiatus, Worcester traveled for an away game to face off against one of their Massachusetts rivals in the Springfield Sting. The 14 day layoff for the 78’s showed there was rust early as the team could only muster up 24 points after the first quarter. These new-found shooting woes were short-lived as the team reeled off 36 second quarter points to give themselves a nineteen point lead at the half.

At this point it looked like the team would do what they do and duplicate the same performance into the second half to lead to yet another blowout win, however that was not the case. Worcester took their foot off the gas defensively and the lead was down to just four heading into the final quarter.

Midway through the fourth, whistles blew in favor of the home team for multiple possessions in a row and the sting had found new real-estate at the foul line. For about a five minute stretch, the game hung in the balance as the lead changed back in forth between these two rivals.

It was then when newcomer Macam Bak elevated to reject a shot to start a fast-break. Tony Gallo (33 points) was the beneficiary of this monster block as he sped down court and finished at the rim with an and-1. This sequence started a run for the 78’s who got strong contributions from Kamahl Walker who went off for 36 points on an efficient 13-17 shooting from the field and Sam Longwell who had 27 points himself, including going a perfect 8-8 at the charity stripe. The team would close out this tough battle and the team's ninth win in a row with a final score of 148-140

The next game will be on Saturday, January 6th at home against these same Springfield Sting.

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Game Recap: December 2nd 2017 vs. Springfield Sting

Natural Rival

Springfield Sting from less than ninety minutes west of Worcester are a natural rival for the 78s. Their first season in the ABA was last season and when they made a playoff appearance and got two wins in the process, before losing to Jersey Express (78s opponent on December 9) in the division finals.

From a business perspective, our organizations get along well. Their own, Zack Baru, a full-time school teacher and generally good human being, is easy to work with, accommodating and has his team's stuff together. It's a pleasure to work with them. If you wonder why we play them six times this season, more than any other team, that's part of it. Their proximity is also a factor. Easy, inexpensive travel is a bonus for both teams.

From a basketball perspective they are problematic. They have a very good team and it showed on Saturday.

New Coach, Returning Players, Size, Great Shooter

Springfield brought in a new head coach this year, Brian Stasaitis, currently Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury and a strong prior resume. It was also Springfield's first game of the season, which gave the 78s a slight edge.

Their roster has several strong players, including some D1 presence. Charles Okwandu from UCONN is a big man and a lot to handle off the bench and Jerry Buchannon,  who went for 41 in this game, is their perimeter shooter and seemingly hit every shot he had without a defender all over him. That's far from the only folks to mention on that roster. Needless to say, they are a dangerous team.

Sunday February 11, 2018

Jersey Express

4pm Tip
65 Tainter Street Worcester, MA 01610

Hard Fought Even First Half

The game was very even in the first half.  When 78s leading scorer Tony Gallo (20 pts, 7 ast, 6 reb) came off the bench in the first, it was very clear they were going to key on him. Springfield's coach called to one of his players, pointed at Gallo and said "Him. Everything."

Truth.

Tony's first touch saw him quickly doubled. While he wasn't prolific on the score sheet (20 pts) as he'd been the last three games, he passed the ball extremely well including a few reel worthy passes and was active in the offense with many critical touches.

A Brief Lead

The lead juggled between both teams in the first half but the 78s seemed to be showing some separation nearing the last part of the second quarter by opening an 11 points lead, to that point a game high, at 66-55. Springfield turned it right back around, however, with and 11-3 run to close out the half and sending it to the intermission 78s by two at 68-66.

Lead Changes Throughout The Third

Sam Longwell (10-17, 26 pts, 7 reb, 2 blk), who had a quiet first half, opened the third with back to back scores and was a big part of getting the 78s going in the 3rd . The Sting were resilient and bounced right back with a 7-0 run to take the lead before Lee Vazquez (8-13, 4-5 3pt, 20 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl) hit a three to flip the lead back to the 78s at 75-73. The game was tied at 75 and 78, with only 1 point separating most of the way until about 6 minutes to go in the quarter with scores of up to 88-86.

78s 3rd Quarter Run

Down 86-85 Longwell and Kamahl Walker hit back to back threes that sent the 78s on a run. Defensive specialist Mark Cornelius took a key charge, Longwell added a score and Walked hit a big three which extended the run to 20-9. It could have ended there if it weren't for a key defensive play by Tom Garrick (17 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 5 stl) who stepped into the lane to take an offensive foul in what was his best game of the season. The 78s extended the run up to 25-11 and led 114-100 with 1:45 left in the third.

An Emerging Star Puts The Game Away

After being up 14, just 1:30 into the 4th the lead is back down to 6 at 121-115. Walker makes it 123-115, and a minute later Vazquez hits a pretty reverse layup to make 130-120. With 8:00 left Walker hit yet another three to pull ahead 133-122. The game was never inside a 10 point lead again until the final buzzer.

Another Big Game From Kamahl Walker

From the early going it was clear that 78s guard Kamahl Walker (38 pts, 11 ast), coming into the game shooting 60% from the floor, had it going in this game. Scoring 40 points in our overtime win two games ago against the New York Court Kings, he answered the question if that was an aberration.

Sunday February 11, 2018

Jersey Express

4pm Tip
65 Tainter Street Worcester, MA 01610

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Worcester couldn’t have started any better Saturday night. Everything was clicking defensively as they forced New York into tough shots and numerous turnovers that led to easy buckets in transition. In just the fourth game of the season, Tony Gallo showed yet again that he knows a thing or two about getting the ball in the basket with another 40+ point outing.

Jose Cruz Jr. proved vital in this matchup (18 pts, 10 treb) as he used his quickness to get past NY’s bigs all game and would finish with an easy layup or at the line, putting NY into foul trouble early and often. Mark Cornelius also left his mark with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Their play set an aggressive tone and it showed throughout. Both teams lived at the foul line and both coaches weren’t hesitant in letting the refs know how they felt.

78’s coach, Anthony Leonelli found himself getting ejected after a few-too-many questionable calls by the officials early in the fourth, seemingly giving a spark to the 78’s to get back to how they were playing in the first half. This spark, however, didn’t occur until after the team surrendered a 22 point half-time lead and found themselves down four late in the fourth quarter.

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Jose Cruz Jr.

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Tony Gallo

Gallo never lost his composure and scored a late bucket along with a pair of free throws to send the game into the extra period.

In the extra session, Gallo’s backcourt mates helped him seal the deal. Both Lee Vazquez (25 pts) and Kamahl Walker (40 pts) hit big free throws and clutch shots down the stretch to help the team start the season off 4-0.

Unlike their first three games where they won by a combined margin of 58 points, the 78’s escaped by the skin of their teeth with an exhilarating 159-157 OT win.

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Lee Vazquez

Basketball Players Put To The Test At Home

On Saturday November 18th the Worcester 78s played at home for the third time. In the previous two home games our team had seen our basketball players thrive and hold home court with wins of 21 points and 20 points.

A new member of our organization, Brandon Zezima, described the game in his first piece for the team:

Worcester Escape NY’s Comeback in OT

by Brandon Zezima

Worcester couldn’t have started any better Saturday night. Everything was clicking defensively as they forced New York into tough shots and numerous turnovers that led to easy buckets in transition. In just the fourth game of the season, Tony Gallo showed yet again that he knows a thing or two about getting the ball in the basket with another 40 point outing.

Jose Cruz Jr. proved vital in this matchup (18 pts, 10 treb) as he used his quickness to get past NY’s bigs all game and would finish with an easy layup or at the line, putting NY into foul trouble early and often. Mark Cornelius also left his mark with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Their play set an aggressive tone and it showed throughout. Both teams lived at the foul line and both coaches weren’t hesitant in letting the refs know how they felt.

78’s coach, Anthony Leonelli found himself getting ejected after a few-too-many questionable calls by the officials early in the fourth, seemingly giving a spark to the 78’s to get back to how they were playing in the first half. This spark, however, didn’t occur until after the team surrendered a 22 point half-time lead and found themselves down four late in the fourth quarter.

Gallo never lost his composure and scored a late bucket along with a pair of free throws to send the game into the extra period.

In the extra session, Gallo’s backcourt mates helped him seal the deal. Both Lee Vazquez (25 pts) and Kamahl Walker (40 pts) hit big free throws and clutch shots down the stretch to help the team start the season off 4-0.

Unlike their first three games where they won by a combined margin of 58 points, the 78’s escaped by the skin of their teeth with an exhilarating 159-157 OT win.

Our Lineup

78s Basketball Players 11-18-17

Even Before It Began

From the very beginning, even before tip, it was shaping up to be an "interesting" game day. The staff that typically works the scorers table also works at an area university. Their event got pushed back from its expected end time, leaving us without staff to run the scoreboard and shot clock. Very bad. Thankfully two people at the game stepped in to help with very little experience. While the game didn't go as smoothly as normal, they both did a great job for stepping in at the last minute and our team is very grateful to them.

There was another factor that made the game "interesting." That is not something I'm going to discuss here, but if you were at the game you know.

A First Half Like Others

Our team was carrying on as we have all season to this point. After the first quarter 78s were up 10 points and added 12 more to the different in the second to take the game to the half up 22. Tony Gallo was off to a hot start (again), Lee Vazquez and Kamahl Walker where hitting shots and Jose Cruz Jr. was off to a very strong scoring and rebounding game.

Second Half Like None Before It

Coming back onto the floor after halftime the 78s played even with the Court Kings for several minutes until a few foul calls got the 78s bench very animated. Late in the third the 78s received a warning from one referee and another assessed Coach Leo a technical foul. The Court Kings led the quarter in scoring by three points leaving the 78s up 19 in the game at the start of the fourth. The score was 113-94

A series of whistles went again our team and the gap was quickly closed. With eight minutes to go, just four minutes into the fourth quarter, the score was 126-118. Objections were being voiced from our bench and under circumstances that weren't clear to our side, Coach Leonelli was assessed his second technical foul of the contest and was ejected.

With 4:20 to go Court Kings hit a shot to tie the game at 132. It didn't look good. It didn't feel good. It wasn't good.

When Times Got Tough So Did Our Basketball Players

The ensuing possession saw only a few seconds tick off the clock when Tony Gallo got to the line  after being fouled at mid-court. He hit both and ended the game with 9-10 from the line. Mark Cornelius, who was huge in this game, forced a missed shot with strong defense,  gathered the rebound and called timeout with 48 seconds on the clock.

The next possession saw the 78s quickly tie the game, only taking a few seconds off the clock when and Cruz takes an inbound pass and finds Gallo breaking free across mid-court for an easy layup.

Following a Court Kings miss, Scotty Tavares-Taylor got out in front for an easy layup, but the Kings came right back down to tie with just 5 seconds left.

On the final possession the 78s got the ball to Gallo, who got a look at a long, tough three at the buzzer. He missed a bit right, sending the game to overtime.

Overtime

With the first two posessions of overtime Lee Vazquez got to the line with the first two possessions for the 78s, hitting all four. Kamahl Walker hit a long jumper to make it 153-152, Kings leading, and strong defense by Cornelius, who was on his last foul, forced difficult shots. Still, the 78s trading buckets, down three points on several occasions.

The court Kings missed a three pointer with under two minutes to go that would have put them up 4. A strong rebound by Cornelius led to a corner three attempt by Walker that missed. Cornelius again, this time on the offensive end, pulled down the rebound and got an assist on a shorter follow up to Walker. With less than 45 seconds to go the 78s took their first lead of the overtime at 156-155. The Court Kings missed on their next possession and fouled with 31 seconds remaining, putting Gallo at the line. He hit both, giving the 78s a 3 point lead.

A missed field goal attempt and a foul on the offensive rebound led to two foul shots for the Court Kings, making both with 20 seconds left. Forced to foul, Gallo got to the line to make it 159-157 with 12 seconds to go, leaving the Court Kings the final shot.

Team defense on the final possession was strong and the Court Kings were forced to pass on two potential three point attempts.  A long jumper at the buzzed missed right, leaving the final at 159-157.

 

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A Great Response To Adversity

Things have gone pretty well for our team so far this season. While some games were closer than the score indicated for most of the game, our team has been able to extend leads late in games and put games away in the early and middle part of the fourth quarter. This game was much different. It felt like everything was going wrong at times and that factors beyond the team's control were contributing to what could have easily been our first loss. The character of many of our basketball players really came through under difficult circumstances.

Lee Vazquez ends up being overshadowed in statistics in this game, but he was consistent and strong all around as is his typical play. He also made some plays at critical times and hit free throws we had to have. Domenick Mastascusa and Sean McCarthy didn't show up on the score sheet, but both played important defensive possessions or ran some critical screens at key moments. Tommy Garrick and Avery King both kept our bench together late in the game.

Player Highlights

In a game with an extra session and so many points scored, there will naturally be some inflation in the statistics. Even with that consideration, we had some outstanding individual performances against the Court Kings.

Tony Gallo

Tony was unable to play in our first game of the season due to a personal commitment.  He scored 24 in the first game he played this season followed by an incredible performance last week with 45 points. This week, it was more of the same. Exactly the same. Tony finished with 45 points for the second straight game.

45 points, 16-30 fg, 6-15 3fg, 9-10 ft, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal

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78s basketball player tony gallo

Kamahl Walker

Kamahl has been playing very well for our team so far this season, but he took it to another level in this game adding 40 points.

He graduated this past spring from Endicott College where he became the leading scorer in school history and passing the record by more than 200 points and reaching 1,894 for his college career. He is obviously a talented player but how quickly he's translated his game from NCAA ball to playing professionally is exciting to watch.

40 pts, 13-19 fg, 7-10 3fg, 6-7 ft, 4 reb, 3 stl, 1 assist

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Scotty Tavares-Taylor

Scotty doesn't get enough credit for the success of the 78s thus far this season. While he doesn't score a ton, he hit a very important and difficult shot in overtime of this game. He is a very strong defensive point guard and at his core, a distributor. He often make passes that will make you say "wow." Scotty is also very responsible with the basketball and very infrequently turns the ball over. In fact, in this game, even with a double digit assists did not commit a single turnover.

10 points, 5-10, 11 ast, 6 stl, 5 reb

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Jose Cruz Jr.

With his second double-double of the season and a season high in points scored, this may have been Jose's best game yet. Incredibly athletic, a great rebounder and accumulating blocks quickly, Jose if very important to our team as our first man in the middle.

8-15 fg, 2-4 ft, 10 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl, 3 blk

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Mark Cornelius

Mark doesn't get nearly enough acknowledgement for how important he is to this team. He can not show but a blip on the score sheet but be instrumental in our team's success. Mark is an incredible defender who can guard anyone on the floor and will win rebounds over men much larger than he is.

Tonight wasn't one of the quiet nights for Mark, shooting perfect from the floor. However, this video doesn't do justice to how important he was to this victory. Playing on his last foul for several minutes at key moments of the game he was pulling important rebounds and contesting shots that could have changed the outcome of the game. This may have been his best game as a pro.

11 pts, 6-6 fg, 1-1 3fg, 12 reb (7 off), 3 ast, 2 blk

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mark cornelius 78s player

Full Box Score

Full Box Score Basketball Game November 18 2017

All in all,  I'm very proud of our guys for facing some pretty tremendous adversity on the court and finding a way to win.

 

Note: full game video is not available for this game.

Second Time Defending Home Court

After back to back wins in our first weekend of actions, on the road against Jersey and at home against New England, the 78's face a challenge from ATC Cardinals, a playoff team last year.

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ATC Cardinals at Worcester 78s November 11 2017

At Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter Street, Worcester MA 01610

Our Lineup For The Game

The Cardinals play in Goshen, NY, just outside of Middletown. They have a very strong team with a big man as their centerpiece in #35, Chavis. He had 30+ in their loss, but was very impressive hitting shots from all over the floor, including five 3pt shots.

The 78's had a lead at the end of each quarter, but that doesn't tell the story of how many lead changes there were in the first half. We left the first up 1 and went to the half up 3. It was a late 3rd quarter run that gave us a 10 point lead going into the forth which we extended to 20, but a good chunk of that came in the last few possessions when the game was already decided.

Tony Gallo

Tony is a special player. There is no way to sugar coat it. He wasn't with us in New Jersey as he coaches AAU ball and was wrapping up his season that day. Hey went for 24 in the home opener in a game our team controlled for most of the contest. In this game, often when it was tight spots in the game, Tony really propelled us onto runs. Finishing with nine three-point shot and 14 for 26 overall, tony led with 45 points on the day and came just one rebound shy of a double-double.

See a reel of Tony's play on the day, below.

Sam Longwell

Sam had struggled in the first two games of the season and had been having a hard time finding his shot. That ended against the Cardinals in a giant way.

Sam went 12 of 18 from the floor and 7 of 12 from three point land in this game, finishing by far his most successful game of the season thus far. Along with 31 points he also had eight assists and five rebounds.

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First Games Opening Weekend For Worcester 78s

The 78s had the first workout of the year in late September to get ready for our first games of the year over the season's opening weekend, November 4th and 5th. Our home opener was to wait for the second night after what was an early test for our newly constructed team. Playing Jersey Express, an ABA team since 2005 and division winner many times over, including last year, was going to be a challenge. They always have a strong team, and their man Antoine Obery is well known across the division and highly effective.

Eleven players, two coaches and myself all packed in a 15 passenger van by 1:30 pm and headed south for Patterson, NJ. We hit the gym a few minutes after 5pm for warm ups headed to a  6pm tip.

Our lineup for the game was:

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Scotty Tavares-Taylor 

Guard - 5'8" 160
Franklin Pierce University (2014) (D2)
Roxbury, MA

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Sam Longwell 

Guard/Forward - 6'4" 200
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2015) (D3)
Acton, MA

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Jose Cruz Jr. 

Forward - 6'7" 245
Southern Connecticut State University (D2)
Worcester, MA

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Mark Cornelius

Forward - 6'2" 200
UMASS Lowell (2015) (D1)
Westford, MA

jaleel bell

Jaleel Bell

Guard - 6'2" 200 lbs
Fitchburg State University (2017) (D3)
Dorchester, MA

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Kamahl Walker

Guard - 5'11" 170lbs
Endicott (2017) (D3)
Worcester, MA

lee vazquez

Lee Vazquez

Guard - 5'8" 160 lbs
Westfield State (2013) (D3)
Woonsocket, RI

kachi nzerem

Kachi Nzerem

Guard - 6'5" 200 lbs
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) (2017) (D3)
Boston, MA

sean doncaster

Sean Doncaster

Guard - 6'3" 190lbs
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (2017) (D3)
Medford, MA

tommy garick

Tommy Garrick

Guard - 6'5" 200
Johnson & Wales University (D3)
Providence, RI

tyree gross

Tyree Gross

Guard - 6'2" 165 lbs
West Roxbury Academy
Roslindale, MA

Game Time At Jersey

In our first games of opening weekend, visiting Jersey Express didn't start well. The 78s didn't play very well at the start of the game. We fell down 10 points pretty early, but our team showed the character to battle back to tie the game at 39 with 6:17 until halftime.

Three minutes later, after missing some open looks, Jersey was again leading, this time 52-44. We dropped another 5 points in the last three minutes of the half and went to the locker room down 59-46.

Second Half

Three minutes into the third quarter not much had changed. We had only shaved one point off the lead and were still down 12. With 7:20 to go Jersey still led by 10. This is not how we wanted to start our first games of the season.

In the next four minutes of game play, starting just inside the 7 minutes to go mark, this happened.

78s guard Lee Vazquez hit a three. 30 seconds later, he hit another and it was suddenly 71-65. He didn't stop there. He ended the quarter with 20 points (5 of 7 from three, five free throws), added the two very nice assists you saw and took a hard charge at a critical moment.

From 7:21 left Jersey led 69-59. By the end of the third 78s led 95-86.

The final quarter of the first of  our opening games was no cake walk and it got close a few times. Jaleel Bell had 16 points in the 4th and Kachi Nzerem added 9 in the 4th, including a back breaking three in the middle of Jersey's last push, taking the lead from 8 back up to 11  with about 3 minutes to go.

The game ended 131-115.

Great Win

Jersey Express are the reigning champions of our division. Beating them in our opener, especially in their building, is kind of a big deal. It is only one game, but to open with that team and come home 1-0 was a good feeling for our club. I got off the van in Worcester at around 1:00 am and guys some guys still had to get back to Boston. Long day, and we had to turn right around for our home game Sunday night.

Scoring Totals

Lee Vazquez 29
Jaleel Bell 29
Kemahl Walker 14
Jose Cruz Jr 13
Kachu Nzerem 12
Scott Tavares-Taylor 8
Sam Longwell 7
Tyree Gross 7
Tom Garrick 6
Mark Cornelius 4
Sean Doncaster 0

 

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The Second Of Our First Games: Home Opener

Operationally things went pretty well. There wasn't much of a disaster in getting the game off on time and the game went along pretty smoothly.

For a first run at it, with a very small marketing budget, we did pretty well all things considered. I'm very grateful for those that came out. Please feel free to reach out by email, via message on our Facebook page with your feedback on how we can do better.

Our lineup for our first home game was:

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Tony Gallo

Guard - 5'11" 185
Coppin State University (2012) (D1)
Lynn, MA

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Sam Longwell 

Guard/Forward - 6'4" 200
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2015) (D3)
Acton, MA

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Jose Cruz Jr. 

Forward - 6'7" 245
Southern Connecticut State University (D2)
Worcester, MA

jaleel bell

Jaleel Bell

Guard - 6'2" 200 lbs
Fitchburg State University (2017) (D3)
Dorchester, MA

scotty tavares taylor 78s basketball player

Scotty Tavares-Taylor 

Guard - 5'8" 160
Franklin Pierce University (2014) (D2)
Roxbury, MA

Domenick Mastascusa 78s basketball player

Domenick Mastascusa

Forward - 6'5" 210
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2015) (D3)
Worcester, MA

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Sean McCarthy

Forward - 6'10" 265lbs
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) (2017) (D1)
Scituate, MA

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Kamahl Walker

Guard - 5'11" 170lbs
Endicott (2017) (D3)
Worcester, MA

sean doncaster

Sean Doncaster

Guard - 6'3" 190lbs
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (2017) (D3)
Medford, MA

lee vazquez

Lee Vazquez

Guard - 5'8" 160 lbs
Westfield State (2013) (D3)
Woonsocket, RI

tommy garick first games

Tommy Garrick

Guard - 6'5" 200
Johnson & Wales University (D3)
Providence, RI

tyree gross first games

Tyree Gross

Guard - 6'2" 165 lbs
West Roxbury Academy
Roslindale, MA

Impressive Performance In Our First Games

78s players took control of this game early with a 4o point first quarter and never looked back. The Outtatowners made pushes in the third and fourth but never got the lead back to single digits. The 78s never trailed in the game. The game closed out 137-116.

On Monday the ABA Power  Rankings were released by the league office which formulates the rankings. The 78s were named #10 in the 120 team league. What a result from the first games of our season.

Below are box scores and the recording of the entire game.

scoreboard 11-5 worcester
78s Box Score 11-5

Worcester 78's
65 Tainter St.
Worcester, MA 01610
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