WORCESTER – In just its second year in existence — and first as the Worcester 78s — the city’s professional basketball team is climbing this season’s American Basketball Association’s [ABA] power rankings.

As of Nov. 13, Worcester [3-0] is ranked #4 in the ABA’s top 25 rankings — behind only South Florida Gold, Orlando Waves and Richmond Elite.

78’s Forward Jose Cruz, Jr/Photo: Worcester 78’s

“We have special players at the top of our roster and depth all the way through,” 78s owner Tom Marino said when asked what he can attest to the team’s achievements.

In their 151-131 victory on Nov. 11 over the Atlantic Coast Cardinals, guard Tony Gallo 45 points and guard Sam Longwell added 31 points.

New forward Jose Cruz, Jr. [pictured] has had a double-double in two of the three 78s victories this season. Collectively, the team is averaging more than 135 points per game.

“[Head coach Anthony Leonelli] has not just assembled very strong players, but also the right mix of ball dominant players, skilled passers who are responsible with the ball and players with toughness and grit who win rebounds and get stops. It’s only been three games, but I’m excited for what this group has the potential to accomplish,” Marino said.

“Stick [Cruz], a double-double machine, alongside [forwards] Mark [Cornelius] and Dominick [Mastascusa] who win rebounds and get stops and this group has the potential to do special things,” Marino added.

For full video of last week’s game, click below:

The 78s next home game is this Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Boys & Girls Club at 65 Tainter Street in Worcester versus the New York Court Kings at 7 PM.

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