Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rebel's Service Leads to Game with President

As a member of the United States Army, Alonso Davis brings talent and a unique perspective to the Rebels each time he steps on the court. After joining the Army in 2005, Davis continued to hone his basketball skills, and was awarded a spot on the 2010 All-Army Basketball team, which afforded him the chance to meet, and play against, President Barack Obama. Davis has been in the Army since 2005, and has previously been stationed at Fort Lee (Virginia) and Fort Eustis (Virginia). He was also a part of the 619th Transportation Company when he was deployed to Iraq over parts of 2009 and 2010. Following his time in Iraq, Davis was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his meritorious service while on duty in Iraq, and is currently a member of the 3rd Army Augmentation Company. In his first season with the Rebels, Davis has appeared in 3 games and averaged 3.7 points and 3 rebounds per game. None of his contributions on the court, however, can match the contributions that he and all past and current members of the Armed Forces have made as a member of our military…and for that, the Tampa Bay Rebels would like to say, “THANK YOU!”

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rebels Silence Prowl

The Tampa Bay Rebels hosted their first home game of the 2012 season against the Heartland Prowl from Lake Wales. The style of play of both teams makes for a great basketball matchup. The Rebels bring their size and defensive game, while the guard-oriented Prowl can score from mid and long-range. The game was a much anticipated rematch against the Prowl that defeated the Rebels last week by three points. This time, however, the Rebels came away with a 112 – 101 victory.

At halftime, the Prowl held a 51-50 advantage. The Rebels would get a boost in the third period as Shun Watson scored 11 of his 24 points driving to the basket, while Jonathan Brown and Jerel Young did an excellent job taking turns playing the point guard spot. Young had an outstanding performance from the free throw line making 11 of 12 shots at the end of the game to secure the win for the Rebels. Tim Ware worked hard all night, finishing with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and center Matt Kendrick blocked 5 shots in a game for the second time this season. The Prowl finished with six players in double figures.

The Rebels will return to action June 2nd as they host the Florida Flight at Freedom High School, located at 17410 Commerce Park Boulevard in Tampa. The game will begin at 8pm with anyone under 13 years old getting in free, and tickets available at the door for only $10 for those over 13 years of age.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Prowl Slip Past Rebels

In their second consecutive road game of the Florida Basketball Association season, the Tampa Bay Rebels came up just short as they were defeated 99-102 by the Heartland Prowl. The contest was competitive from the tip, with the teams exchanging leads several times throughout the course of the game. The Rebels were able to pull away in the third quarter by playing solid defense and converting scoring opportunities in transition. Tampa Bay, however, struggled from the free throw line, hitting only 14 of 29 attempts, and committed several key turnovers in the fourth quarter that allowed the Prowl to get back in the game.  

Shun Watson had 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Rebels, while Matt Kendrick posted his second straight double-double by scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Tim Ware scored 19 to go along with 6 rebounds, and An'juan Wilderness finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds.

With the win, Heartland improves to 1-0, while the Rebels drop to 1-1 for the season.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Rebels Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Victory

The Rebels traveled to West Palm Beach Saturday night to face the Titans in the first regular-season game in Florida Basketball Association history.  Tampa Bay was able to control both the defensive boards and the tempo of the game, limiting the fast-paced offense of the home team.  “We did some things right, but our execution is a work in progress,” Coach Rojas said after the game.  “We know they have great shooters that can change the game anytime; tonight we were able to keep the lead."  Palm Beach Titans' Coach Leroy Spruill Jr. commented, “Our defensive effort wasn’t what I expected.  We will make necessary adjustments and be ready for the next game."

Center Matt Kendrick had his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Rebels.  Forward Tim Ware was very active on both ends of the court and finished with 34 points, while wing LaShun Watson 21 points, 4 steals and 6 assists to help Tampa Bay to the victory.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rebels Announce Roster for 2012 Season

After completing training camp, the Tampa Bay Rebels have announced their roster for the 2012 Florida Basketball Association (FBA) season. The Tampa Bay Rebels will take the court with eleven players in uniform when they kick off their season May 5th at the Palm Beach Titans.

In the backcourt, the Rebels will rely on Jonathan Brown, a former University of Tampa product, and Jerel Young to anchor the point. They will be aided on the wing by 6’5” An’juan Wilderness, who could also see some time at forward. Backing up Wilderness will be Aubrey West and Will McIntyre. West has been with the Rebels since 2011, while McIntyre earned his spot through an open tryout.  

The Rebels are expected to have several possible contributors in their frontcourt. At the forward positions 6’5” Shun Watson and 6’7” Tim Ware will be relied on for their experience. Xavier Shannon, who also earned a roster spot after the tryout, and Alberto Damour, a former USF Bull, will add depth as they begin their professional careers.  

In the post, Chamberlain high school product and former Saint Leo center, Matt Kendrick, will anchor the Rebels with his seven-foot frame. Alonzo Davis, a 6’8” center, will provide the Rebels with another proven player in the middle.

The Rebels will play their first home game on May 19, 2012, against the Heartland Prowl at Lutz Preparatory School located at 17951 U.S. Highway 41 in Lutz, Florida. All future home games will be played at Freedom High School, which is located at 17410 Commerce Park Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. For complete coverage of the Rebels, please visit