After winning their first game of the season on the road, it was more of the same for the Worcester 78’s, who produced their second consecutive game of 130+ points in a convincing 137-116 victory against the New England Outtatowners, in their first home game of the season.
The 78’s jumped out of the gate with a dominant first quarter performance, scoring 39 points and taking a commanding twenty-one point lead. This was led by guard Tony Gallo, who hit back-to-back threes in the quarter.
“I like to set the tone early and try to get everyone going,” said Gallo, who ended the night with 24 points. “We got so much talent on this team, so it’s important to try to make everyone happy.”
The Outtatowners rallied somewhat to start the second quarter, scoring nine consecutive points to draw the score at 39-27. But the 78’s quickly took control again, helped by a pair of threes from guard Jaleel Bell, and finishing the half with a dazzling turn-around buzzer-beating three from guard Kamahl Walker.
“It was a typical last-second play,” said Walker, an Endicott College alum who finished the night with 16 points. “I knew I only had about two seconds, so I just made sure my opponent didn’t get it and let it go. I actually practice those kinds of shots all the time, so it’s good to see that pay off.”
The 78’s continued the surge throughout the 2nd half, helped by guards Lee Vazquez (24 points) and Jaleel Bell (23 points), demonstrating the wide range of talent the team has at the position.
“There are so many versatile players on this team, you feel like anybody could have a good night,” said Gallo. “This victory was a total team effort.”
“It was important for us to do good for our first home game,” said head coach Anthony Leonelli. “We’re gonna play up tempo, and put a lot of points on the board.”