Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tampa Hosts FBA Owners Meeting

The Florida Basketball Association held their first owners meeting in Tampa, two weeks after the 2012 season concluded with the Tampa Bay Rebels capturing the FBA Championship.

Two-time NBA Champion and FBA Commissioner Greg Kite, presided over the meeting. Among the items on the agenda were league sponsors, expansion teams, player trade regulations, and business development. The four participating teams, the Palm Beach Titans, the Florida Flight from Orlando, the Heartland Prowl of Lake Wales, and the Tampa Bay Rebels, also discussed, in detail, plans to improve game-day operations and statistical analysis for the 2013 season.

When asked for his assessment of the inaugural FBA season, Commissioner Kite stated, "Having 100% game completion in every participating city speaks clearly of the type of commitment we have to make the FBA succeed. We still have areas of improvement, but the first season was a great first step."

The next scheduled meeting for the owners is set for October 20th in Palm Beach, where the league will announce the date and location of the 2013 FBA All-Star game and discuss potential expansion teams.

Tampa Bay Rebels GM Fernando Rojas commented, "In the minor league circuit, it is very important to measure success the correct way. From a business perspective, all the owners worked together, supporting each other. From a basketball perspective, six FBA players participated in an international tour in the preseason, and, as a result, T.T. Hall from the Palm Beach Titans was hired by a European club and won a championship in the German league. I would say the FBA has a bright future".

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rebels Win Championship

The Tampa Bay Rebels finished the 2012 Florida Basketball Association season by capturing their first Championship in a 131-106 victory over Heartland Prowl. 

From the start of the season, the Rebels and Prowl quickly separated themselves from the competition, reaching the top of the standings and maintaining that position during the season. Fans enjoyed high-caliber basketball every time these two clubs faced each other. 

The Rebels started the contest playing a 1-3-1 defense in the first quarter before moving to a man to man scheme in the second quarter. "We knew they would make some perimeter shots against the zone, but we also had four steals that kept the momentum on our side," stated Rebels’ Coach Fernando Rojas. Prowl guard Michael Floyd was hot in the first quarter scoring 12 points including three consecutive 3 point shots, but the Rebels bounced back to take a 58 – 51 lead into halftime.

The Rebels unleashed their powerful offense in a third quarter that saw the team set a new mark for most points in a single quarter this season. The team scored 43 points in a great offensive effort led by Shun Watson, who had his best all around game of the season. Forward An’juan Wilderness, a key player throughout the season, was cut in his eyebrow and was not able to play in the fourth quarter, but the Rebels maintained their lead to pull out the victory.

Forward Tim Ware had 36 points and 9 rebounds and was almost perfect from the free-throw line going 5 of 6 in the Championship game. Ware said, "We have a good team, everybody worked very hard to get to this point. I am glad we won the Championship.”

After the game Coach Rojas commented, "These players had the discipline and commitment to work hard throughout the season. They have the right mix of maturity and skill, and also did great work for the community. I am proud of them. They deserve to be called Champions.”