Monday, July 9, 2012

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.