72scrapp-pavers1976-77 EBA                        W   L  Pct.             GB       Games played

Allentown Jets                    21   5  .808  ..                         26

Scranton Apollos                  20   6  .769                1         26

Lancaster Red Roses               12  10  .545            7          22

Brooklyn Pros/Wilkes-Barre Barons  8  10  .444   9            18

Hartford Downtowners               5  19  .208                15      24

Hazleton Bullets/Shore Bullets     3  18  .143               15.5    21

Syracuse Centennials*              8   9  .471  ..                             17

*Syracuse disbanded during the season

Brooklyn finished the season in Wilkes-Barre

EBA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Allentown 124, Scranton 123

Scranton 139, Allentown 128

Scranton 127, Allentown 123

Scranton 102, Allentown 101

The Eastern basketball association started the 1976-77 season with 7 teams.  Syracuse dropped out after 17 games. The majority of the teams were from Pennsylvania. The Brooklyn team relocated to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. during the season. The Allentown and Scranton franchises appear to be the only teams that completed all their games. They also were the best teams in the EBA ands faced each other in the final series.

An article in The Post Standard of Syracuse said the EBA was trying to shed it is run and gun ball and wild image of the past. The teams were also associated with NBA franchises. The Scranton franchise’s affiliations were with the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers and the Golden State Warriors.
Scranton finished the 1976-1977 season as Champions of the EBA.The defeated the Allentown 3 games to 1, with 2 games being decided by a point. Their coach, Stan Novak was coach of the year. Charlie Criss was the MVP of the EBA and a member of the first team all-stars. He was the EBA leader in scoring. He scored 841 for a 34.4 average per game. Teammate Richie Cornwall was named a member of the EBA’s 2nd team all stars.

This would be Charlie’s last season in the EBA. Scranton did not have a team the following season. Charlie was invited to try out for the Atlanta Hawks by Hubie Brown.  Charlie enjoyed an 8 year career in the NBA, mostly with the Hawks.  He was a 29 year old rookie, and averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 assists for the Hawks.

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