Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rebels Topple Titans

In the last game of the regular season for the newly formed Florida Basketball Association (FBA), the Tampa Bay Rebels visited the Palm Beach Titans on Sunday July 22nd. The Titans moved the game to the YMCA in Boynton Beach as a great way of introducing the Y members to a new competitive and exciting brand of basketball. The YMCA staff did a great job making sure teams and fans enjoyed the game. After the game, Coach Rojas commented, “I commend the Titans ownership for this great idea playing at the YMCA in Boynton Beach was a great marketing strategy from their part. The Y members were able to enjoy the game, and many families asked about future games. We enjoyed playing here. Let’s not forget that the game of basketball was invented in the YMCA."

Throughout the game, the two teams fought for every possession with the home team playing smart half-court offense by using screens and back doors effectively. Point guard Anthony Daniel scored 22 points and Louis McCrary had 21 points. For the visiting team, An’juan Wilderness had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Rebels bench, formed by Aubrey West, Alonso Davis, Jerel Young and Xavier Shannon, produced 37 points and 6 steals in a great team effort as the Rebels came away with a 130-92 victory.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rebels Will Host Championship Game

Photo Courtesy of Andy Warrener (patch.com)
The Tampa Bay Rebels have clinched home-court advantage for the 2012 Florida Basketball Association championship game. Tampa Bay earned the right to host the event after picking up their 10th win of the season this past weekend, which ensured that they would finish with the best regular-season record in the league. Currently standing at 10-1, the Rebels will face the Heartland Prowl at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 28th at Freedom High School. These two teams played four exciting games during the regular season with the Prowl winning the initial matchup between the two teams before the Rebels bounced back to grab victories in the last three meetings.

Tickets for the championship game can be purchased for $10 at the door, and kids under 13 receive free admission to the game. For more information, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rebels Battle Past Prowl

The Tampa Bay Rebels and Heartland Prowl faced off in the final regular-season meeting between the top two teams in the Florida Basketball Association standings. In front of a crowd of families and basketball enthusiasts, the two teams played every possession with great energy. Tampa Bay got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 16-0 lead, but the Prowl made some quick changes to their starting and got back in the contest with good effort on the defensive end and sharp shooting. Six Rebels finished in double figures as they pushed Tampa Bay to a 117-102 victory.  

The Rebels, who now stand at 10-1, will head to Palm Beach next week to conclude their regular season.

Friday, July 13, 2012

5 Quick Questions with...Dave Babcock - Director of Player Personnel, Milwaukee Bucks

The Tampa Bay Rebels are extremely excited to have Dave Babcock, Director of Player Personnel for the Milwaukee Bucks, join us for the newest installment of our “5 Quick Questions” feature.  

Mr. Babcock is involved in several areas within the Bucks organization including the draft, summer league, and scouting. Below you will find his official bio from the Milwaukee Bucks:
The 2011-12 campaign was the 15th for Dave Babcock with the Bucks and his seventh as the club’s Director of Player Personnel. He was named to the position on June 3, 2005 after spending the previous seven seasons as the team’s Director of Scouting.

He is responsible for all preparation and organization surrounding the college draft and assists in the day-to-day operations of the personnel department, which includes player acquisitions, free agency, salary cap issues and roster management. He is also responsible for coordinating all of the scouting for the Bucks, including the NBA, NBDL, college and overseas competition.

Prior to joining the Bucks, Babcock served as a full-time scout for the New Jersey Nets in 1996-97, as well as a regional scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets. A successful coach in the college ranks, Babcock posted a 69-27 record during four years as the head coach at Arizona Western Junior College. His squad won the NJCAA Region I title in 1992-93, and earned Region I Coach of the Year Honors in the process. He also held the head job at Phoenix College from 1987-90 and was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona, San Diego State, the University of San Diego and his alma mater, Grand Canyon College.

Basketball runs in the Babcock family. Dave was an All-State basketball player at Maryvale High School in Phoenix. His brother, Rob, is the Director of Scouting/Administration for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his brother, Pete, was the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks for 13 years. Dave and his wife, Dori, have two children, Matt and Suzanne. Matt works as a sports agent and Suzanne is a University of Wisconsin graduate now living and working in Phoenix.

We would like to express our appreciation to Mr. Babcock for taking time out of his busy summer to answer our questions.

The Director of Player Personnel position is generally considered a "high-level" position within an NBA organization. What are some of your duties in that role?

Oversee Scouting (Domestic/International), manage draft preparation, summer league team, assist in free agency, manage Vet camp.

What types of skills and experience are needed to be successful in your position?
Practical basketball experience (I coached college for 16 years), ability to put a team together (position/chemistry wise), strong network within the basketball world, obviously a good eye for talent.

If a young sports professional wants to pursue a career as Director of Player Personnel, what type of career track can they expect to need to follow?
2 ways: through coaching ranks as I did or get into an organization at a grass roots level (intern = video dept/etc).

Do you have any type of interaction with the D-League or other leagues around the world as you perform your job duties?
Constant contact with all the above – NBDL, all European leagues, etc.
What do you like most about your job?
Being around basketball!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Rebels Run Past Flight

Photo Courtesy of Andy Warrener (patch.com)

The Tampa Bay Rebels traveled to Avalon Park on Sunday, July 8th, to face the Florida Flight in the final regular-season meeting between the two teams for the 2012 Florida Basketball Association season. Playing in front of a large crowd on Faith & Family Night and on the second day of their only back to back games of the season, the Rebels were able to take advantage of scoring opportunities in the first half and led 52-35 at the break. Tampa Bay extended their lead to 89-56 after three quarters to possess a commanding lead heading into the final quarter. Although the Flight mounted a spirited rally in the opening minutes of the final period, the Rebels were able to thwart any thoughts of a comeback by playing solid defense and converting transition opportunities over the last eight minutes of the game.

Tim Ware continued his offensive onslaught with 26 points and hit the glass hard by grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds, and An’juan Wilderness turned in another stellar performance with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals. Shun Watson added 19 points and 7 assists, while Matt Kendrick contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jonathan Brown added 12 points. With the victory, the Rebels improved to 9-1 on the season.

Tampa Bay will play their final home game of the season on July 14th at Freedom High School as they play host to the Heartland Prowl in a preview of the potential championship matchup for the inaugural Florida Basketball Association season. The game will start at 8pm, and children under 13 get in for free. For more information, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Tampa Bay Survives Late Run By Titans

Photo Courtesy of Andy Warrener (patch.com)

The Tampa Bay Rebels played host to the Palm Beach Titans on June 7th at Freedom High School in Tampa in their ninth Florida Basketball Association game of the season. During the first quarter, the Rebels capitalized off missed shots and turnovers by the Titans to jump out to a large lead. The Rebels struggled with turnovers throughout the second quarter, but still managed to increase their lead to 66-41 by halftime. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Rebels appeared to be in control with a 28-point lead, but the Titans continued to take advantage of Tampa Bay’s turnovers and knocked down several huge shots to trim the lead to single digits. The Rebels, however, never surrendered the lead and escaped with a 117-111 victory while improving to 8-1 on the season.

Several Tampa Bay players provided stellar individual performance during the game. Tim Ware led the Rebels with 32 points and hauled in 8 rebounds, while An’juan Wilderness had an impressive double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Matt Kendrick grabbed 16 rebounds and added 12 points, and Alonso Davis poured in 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 steals. Shun Watson came within shouting distance of an elusive quadruple-double with 15 points, 10 steals, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds, while Jonathan Brown contributed 14 points and dished out 7 assists.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rebels Throttle Flight

The Rebels traveled to Avalon Park, located on the outskirts of Orlando, to play the Florida Flight as part of their 2012 Florida Basketball Association regular season schedule. The Bay-area team performed better from the free throw line this time around, but struggled with turnovers throughout the contest. The newest Rebel, shooting guard Colin O’Neal, saw some action and contributed 4 points and 3 assists in his debut. In the end, the Rebels came out on top with a 119 – 84 victory over the Florida Flight, and improved to 7-1 on the year.

In their only back to back games of the season, the Rebels will play the Palm Beach Titans at home this Saturday at 8 pm before returning to the Orlando area on Sunday July 8th to face the Flight in the last regular season meeting between the two teams.