Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rebels Power Past Titans

The Tampa Bay Rebels played their second consecutive home game at Freedom High School as they hosted the Palm Beach Titans this past Saturday. Bernard Reedy Sr., Ryan Radosevich, and Lewis Trice served as referees for this Florida Basketball Association contest. The home team was able to control the boards throughout the game, which allowed them play at a fast tempo, particularly in the second and third quarters. Matt Kendrick had a busy night finishing with 32 points and 18 rebounds while showing marked improvement on his footwork at the offensive end of the court. Alonso Davis and Xavier Shannon powered the Rebels’ bench by combining 18 points and 14 rebounds en route to a 134-80 victory.

The Rebels, who now stand at 6-1 in the FBA, travel to Orlando on June 30th to face the Florida Flight.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rebels Win Fourth Straight

On a night that began with another exceptional performance of the national anthem by Lizy Barnes, and featured the Freedom High School Dance Squad providing some additional support  during the game, the Tampa Bay Rebels picked up their fourth straight win with a victory against the Florida Flight on Saturday.  The win capped a busy, but exciting week for the Rebels, who had spent the week strengthening their relationship with the Tampa Bay community and local businesses.  Early in the week, the Rebels volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, and just a few days later, they announced Vista Inn & Suites as their Official Lodging Partner.  The team also made a minor basketball-related change by moving practices to the New Tampa YMCA. 

Although the Flight returned to Tampa with an improved roster, the Rebels were able to set the tone early.  The game started with an ally-oop from point guard Jonathan Brown to Matt Kendrick, who also set a new team record with 10 blocks in addition to scoring 21 points. Aubrey West had an outstanding third quarter on both ends of the floor, drawing a charge on the defensive end while scoring 8 points during the period. Forward Shun Watson provided the dunk of the game as he caught a long baseline pass and finished the play with a thunderous one hand slam as the Rebels prevailed 118-74.

The Rebels return to action this Saturday as they welcome the Palm Beach Titans.  The game will be played at Freedom High School and will tip-off at 8pm.  Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for additional information.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rebels Announce Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Fernando Rojas, Head Coach and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Rebels, recently met with Deborah Marrero, Resource Development Director of Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, to discuss a partnership between the two organizations. Founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County its homeowners have assisted with building over 140 homes for qualified Hillsborough County residents since 1987, while also providing housing to veterans through their Habitat for Heroes program. While the organization is largely associated with hands-on home-building efforts, Habitat Hillsborough also utilizes ReStore, a retail center that offers a wide variety of new and used building materials at affordable prices that is open to the public, to fund their mission.

On Wednesday, June 13th, Rebels players, coaches, and family members volunteered at ReStore to kick start the partnership between the organizations. Kent Bell, ReStore Retail Director, was in charge of welcoming the Rebels and introducing them to their duties of the day. The players actively participated in recycling, built shelving units for product display, unloaded and stocked new products, and assisted with general cleaning. Coach Rojas commented, “We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to participate with Habitat for Humanity. They fulfill an important job in society. The Tampa Bay Rebels organization is part of the community; our players and coaches live and work in the same community, and we are glad to help make life for others better.”

Please visit
www.habitathillsborough.com to learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County and ways that you can help too!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rebels Defeat Prowl on the Road 107-93

After playing the past two games at home, the Tampa Bay Rebels traveled to Lake Wales in Central Florida to face the Heartland Prowl in a game that featured the top two teams in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA).

The first half saw several lead changes between the teams, but neither was able to pull away by more than six points before the break. Throughout the game, both teams utilized man and zone defenses.  The Rebels started the game in 3-2 zone, while the Prowl relied on a 2-3 zone during the second half.  

Rebels center Matt Kendrick had a spectacular dunk that made the fans jump out of their seats as he grabbed an offensive rebound off the glass and threw it down with authority. For yet another game, the Rebels got a boost off their bench when Alonso Davis was tapped to guard the Prowl’s talented big man, Mirnes Islamovic. In addition to Davis, An'juan Wilderness and Will McIntyre turned in stellar defensive performances that propelled the Rebels defense to 39 rebounds, 18 steals, and 4 blocks. Leading scorer Tim Ware caught fire early and stayed hot all night turning in 37 points. Guard Jerel Young chipped in 15 points as the Rebels second-leading scorer for the game.

With the victory, the Tampa Bay improved to 4-1 and increased their hold on the top spot in the FBA. The Rebels return to action June 16th as they face the Florida Flight at Freedom High School in Tampa. The game will begin at 8pm, and kids under 13 receive free admission. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com to learn more.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rebels Ground Flight

On June 2nd, the Tampa Bay Rebels hosted the Florida Flight from Orlando at the Freedom High School gymnasium in Tampa. Prior to tipoff, Lizy Barnes, a drum major in the Freedom High School marching band, performed the national anthem on her saxophone in front of the home crowd. The Rebels also welcomed Rick Bell and Lynden James to the bench alongside Coach Rojas as the newest members of the coaching staff. Bell and James will both serve as Assistant Coaches for the Rebels.
The Rebels, coming off an extended break with no games having been scheduled over Memorial Day weekend, were back on the court against a Flight squad that came off a solid victory against the Palm Beach Titans. The game was played at a high pace from the tip, with the Flight being propelled in the early going by guard Gregory Remy, who contributed 9 points, while also benefitting from a solid job on the offensive boards by Peter Joyner, who would finish the game with 12 points.

The Rebels had a small lineup at the beginning of the third quarter with Will McIntyre, Jerel Young, Aubrey West, Jonathan Brown, and Shun Watson applying pressure on the Flight guards and creating turnovers. The Rebels were able to convert those turnovers into layups that put the game out of reach as and ended with a 119-85 win for the hometown Rebels. With the win, the Rebels move to 3-1 on the season and maintain their position at the top of the Florida Basketball Association standings.

Tim Ware was the highest scoring Rebel with 29 points, Matt Kendrick produced another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and backup point guard Jerel Young had a team record 9 steals in the game. Coach Rojas commented at the end of the game, “We added a new offensive set to our game plan that we wanted to use against the Flight. We made some improvements to our spacing and ball movement, but we are still a work in progress.”

The Rebels will play their next game on June 9th when they travel to play the Heartland Prowl.