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.”