Syracuse Stallions eyeing championship in inaugural season

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Stallions were added as an expansion team to the American Basketball Association (ABA) in June of 2018. Just nine months later, they boast a 22-1 overall record and will play for the East Regional Championship against the Worcester 78’s.

Coaches Peter Dourdas and Tim Marshall entered the inaugural season with uncertainty as to what their team could accomplish. However, it didn’t take long to realize that they had a special group as they started the season with a twenty-game win streak.

“We quickly found out that we have some guys who can really step it up. As we (won) eight, ten, twelve, fourteen games in a row and then we’re like ‘hey we got something pretty good here’”, said Tim Marshall about his team during their undefeated start.

The Stallions’ squad is highlighted by former Syracuse University star, Dajuan Coleman, and ABA First Team All-Star, Jamail Stanley. Stanley has been the Swiss Army knife for the Stallions, averaging 26 points per game, 12.2 rebounds per game, 4.2 assists per game, 2.7 blocks per game, and 2.5 steals per game. Coleman has averaged a double-double.

With such a talented roster, Coach Dourdas said that the team’s success is attributed to his players’ unselfishness and their willingness to sacrifice for the team.

The Stallions will host Worcester for the East Regional Championship this Saturday at 7 P.M. at the ITC school in downtown Syracuse. Tickets are ten dollars.