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Worcester, MA - January 2, 2018 -  Worcester 78s, an American Basketball Association team that plays at and raises donations for Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, finished the 2017 portion of its calendar with a December 30 win, 148-140, over Springfield Sting. The team enters the 2018 portion of the schedule with nine straight wins and an unblemished record.

The 78s were led by rookie Kamahl Walker (Endicott) who had 36 points (13-17), 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Tony Gallo (Coppin State (D1), added 33 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, tying him for the league’s leading scorer.. Former WPI team captain Sam Longwell helped close out a tough game with 27 points on 8 of 13 shooting and a  perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.

The ABA game is designed to move faster with a seven-second backcourt violation and encourages high scoring with bonus point scenarios for teams who force back court turnovers. While high scoring games are typical, the 78s rank among the top teams in total points scored.

“Coach Leonelli’s system is very high tempo,” said Tom Marino, 78s team owner. “With some of the athletes we have running the floor, possessions can be very short.”

The 78s start the new year with a rematch against the Sting, this time in Worcester, on January 6 at 6pm.

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Worcester 78's Basketball

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Worcester, MA - December 11, 2017 -  Worcester 78s, an American Basketball Association team that plays at and raises donations for Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, this morning announced a new partnership.

The Herb Chambers Companies, New England’s largest automobile dealer, has made a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester through the 78s fundraising program. The Herb Chambers brand will have a significant presence within 78s operation for the remainder of the season.

“When [The Herb Chambers Companies CEO] Mr. [Alan] McLaren learned about the Boys & Girls Club is here in Worcester, he wanted the company involved,” said Tom Marino, 78s team owner. “We are grateful to Mr. McLaren and his team for supporting our community and believing in our team.”

The 78s fundraise for the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester as part of its Community First Initiative. This Initiative raises charitable contributions and develops its own educational programs for students interested in a future in the sports and entertainment business.

Outside of corporate contributions, the 78s are running a fundraised designed for individuals to take part in called Penny Points. Contributors to this program pledge a single penny per point scored by the 78s team through the rest of the season. Proceeds will be going to Boys & Girls Club as well.

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Official News Release

Worcester 78's Basketball

65 Tainter St, Worcester, MA 01610

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Worcester, MA - December 11, 2017 - Worcester 78s, an American Basketball Association team that plays at and raises donations for Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, continued its undefeated season over the weekend.

On Saturday the first significant snowfall of the season caused rescheduling of the game with Jersey Express Both teams are working on a makeup date.

78s travelled to Framingham on Sunday for the third of its four games this season against New England Outtatowners. New England  played their best  game of the series between the two teams, putting themselves in striking distance in the fourth quarter before losing 131-124. Tony Gallo lead the team in scoring with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Sam Longwell had 25 with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Tommy Garrick added 24 and Lee Vazquez had 20. Kamahl Walker had 14 points, 11 assists and a 8 rebounds.

“Sometimes you have to slog through and get a win when you don’t play your best,” said Anthony Leonelli, 78s Head Coach. “In part, we got the win tonight because Tommy Garrick is giving us another dimension right now and Sam [Longwell]  is a smart player who makes defenses pay who underestimate him.”

This weekend the #2 ranked 78s head to Elmira, New York to face Elmira Eagles. The team will have the holiday week off and play in Springfield on December 30. The team returns home on January 6, 2018.

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Official News Release

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Worcester Sports and News Outlet Partnering For Youth Education

Worcester, MA - September 26, 2017 - The Worcester 78’s, a professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association, and ThisWeekInWorcester.com, a local area news organization, are partnering to support high schools students interested in studying journalism.

The program is now taking applications from student in their junior or senior year of high school or recent graduates yet to enroll for college classes. Students will use the 78’s basketball team as the subject of their reporting for a program running from November through March. Students will spend up to ten hours a week working within the program and can expect to leave the program with publications for their resume.

“In operating our team, we see teachable moments emerge every day that can be learning opportunities for students.” said Tom Marino, 78’s team owner and general manager. ““Pat [Patrick Sargent, owner of ThisWeekinWorcester.com] being involved in this project adds extensive professional experience to the benefits we will deliver to students.”

“By reporting on the Worcester 78’s, not only will these students be able to witness exceptional talent on the basketball court, but, most importantly, they will be able learn the nuances of covering sporting events while developing the basic skills of a journalist,” Sargent said.

“We would like to see our students learn how to report with incredible detail, how to develop a narrative, and how to appropriately share what they see happen with their readers,” Sargent added.

Worcester 78’s are a professional basketball team competing in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and open their first season at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester on November 5.

ThisWeekInWorcester.com is a Worcester based news organization that delivers all things Worcester, seven days a week to its readers.  

 

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WPI Standout Signs to Play Pro Basketball for Worcester Home Team

Worcester, MA - September 12, 2017 - The Worcester 78’s, a professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association, today announced Sam Longwell as part of its 2017-18 inaugural roster.

Longwell finished his NCAA career in 2015 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a highly regarded  Division III program. He is the 4th leading scorer in program history with over 1,400 points in his four years with the team.

Longwell had been away from the game for nearly 18 months before playing in the ABA last year. He ended his first pro season averaging 16 points and 7 rebounds per game.

“Sam seems like a scorer on paper, but he’s so much more than that,” said Tom Marino, 78’s team owner and president. “He’ll get his nose dirty underneath the basket and is an underrated passer. When you add his leadership qualities and shooting consistency from range, you start to see the weapon he can be.“

Longwell currently works at a fortune 500 tech company and volunteers as a youth coach.

The 78’s first home opener as a franchise is November 5 at Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. See worcester78s.com for more information.

 

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Official News Release

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Worcester's Home Basketball Team Signs Former Division I Player Tony Gallo

Worcester, MA - August 10, 2017 - The Worcester 78s, a professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association, today announced the first player on its roster. Former NCAA Division I Player Tony Gallo will play guard for the team this season.

Gallo is alumni of Coppin State University and was male athlete of the year there in 2012, his senior year. He averaged 17 points per game, 4th in the Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC). He’s since played in Canada, Belgium and in the ABA.

Playing with the 78s organization last year, then the New England Anchors. He led the team in scoring with 22 points per game, adding 6.8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per contest. On November 19th, 2016, he had a 50 point performance that included 10 three pointers. As director of skills development with Premier Hoops, Gallo is also coach of the programs AAU elite team.

“Tony is a big part of our team and exactly the player we wanted to start our roster with,” said Tom Marino, team owner and president. “He is a natural leader who works hard on both ends of the floor and has special abilities that change games."

The 78’s have open tryouts on August 19th in Chestnut Hill, MA. Players can sign up at http://worcester78s.com/in-the-game. The team debuts on its new home court, built just ten years ago, on November 5th at Boys & Girls Club of Worcester.

 

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Anthony Leonelli to Coach Pro Basketball Team in Worcester


Worcester, MA - July 28, 2017 - The Worcester 78’s, a professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association, today announced local native Anthony Leonelli as its Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel. Leonelli coached the the team last season, then known as the New England Anchors, in an abbreviated season.  

Leonelli is currently a coach at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA and leads 508 Sports, a company he founded. He has a basketball resume that started as an assistant coach a decade ago at Wentworth. He also had positions on the staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Rhode Island College. Prior to last season he also led a worst to first turnaround as the head coach at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Leonelli has been with teams that went to the NCAA tournament three times and a conference championship while at WPI.

“Coach Leo is going to be a critical piece of the winning culture our team is building,” said Tom Marino, 78’s owner and business manager. “He has long resume of success recruiting athletes and teaches a very exciting, up-tempo system. We are fortunate to have him within our team.”

The 78’s are holding open tryouts for the team on August 19th. Players must enroll to participate at https://worcester78s.com/in-the-game

The 78’s debut on their home court on November 5th with play all home games at Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. More information about the team is available at https://worcester78s.com

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Worcester’s New Basketball Team Has Will Have a Familiar Voice on Game Day

Worcester, MA - July 18, 2017 - Central Massachusetts has a new American Basketball Association (ABA) team, but a familiar voice will at the public address microphone. The Worcester 78’s have announced that Steven Phillips will be the voice inside the gym on game day.

Steven was the announcer for the last two basketball teams in Worcester, the Worcester Counts of the World Basketball League, who played their last game in 1989, and the Bay State Bombardiers of the Continental Basketball Association, who last played in 1986. Steven has also called games for the men’s and women’s at Holy Cross, men’s basketball at WPI and Shrewsbury High School boys basketball. He was also a play by play announcer at WTAG for Holy Cross Men’s basketball games.

Baseball also has had Steven’s voice as part of Lowell Spinners games, the Division I ECAC Tournament at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI and Fitton field in Worcester, and one Red Sox game at Fenway Park as a fill in.

“Steve is going to be an important part of game day,” said Tom Marino, team owner and president. “Not only will his skill as an announcer be a great asset, but his long track record of being part of game day productions brings significant knowledge to our team on how to create great events.

The ABA season starts in November with the 78’s playing home games this season at Boys & Girls Club of Worcester.

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65 Tainter St, Worcester, MA 01610

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Minor League Basketball Moves to Worcester with a New Approach

Worcester, MA - July 11, 2017 - For the first time since 1989 Worcester, Massachusetts has a professional basketball team. The 78’s have announced an agreement with Boys & Girls Club for its ten home games to be hosted at the Club’s main facility on Tainter Street.

The 78's played a partial season last year as the New England Anchors, hosting its home games in multiple locations. The team will again be competing in the American Basketball Association (ABA) but chose to brand itself to reflect its new full-time home.

"I am more than excited to have the opportunity to bring our team to the city I've lived in or around my entire life," said Tom Marino, 78's owner and president. "The greater opportunity, however, is being able to host at an amazing facility around the people doing some of the best community work in the city at Boys & Girls Club. Our team will be well positioned to contribute to that work and make a difference."

Making a difference is a consistent theme within the 78's which describes itself as a "community first" organization. Seeing team operations as a fertile grounds for teachable moments, Marino sees real-world learning opportunities for student learning in athletics, business, media production and creative disciplines.

"By involving students in the process and putting a winning team on the basketball court, we have an opportunity to teach two very important lessons: Winning matters and hard work produces results."

The 78's will be publishing their season schedule in late August and begin play in November.

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Worcester 78’s Basketball

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