The Rochester Zeniths joined the CBA for the 1978-79 season, and were immediately successful playing at the Rochester War Memorial. The team posted a 36-12 record in their first year, winning the league’s regular season crown. That year the Zeniths would go on to win the playoff title too, defeating the Anchorage Northern Knights. This was their first of three straight CBA finals appearances. They would win the title again on their third try in 1981, beating the Montana Golden Nuggets. The team’s success wouldn’t last however, as they would gold in 1983.