Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rebels Come Up Short in FBA Exhibition Opener


(RIVIERA BEACH, FL) – In a matchup between two teams making their Florida Basketball Association (FBA) debuts, the Palm Beach Titans edged the Tampa Bay Rebels 140-131 in a preseason contest played at Inlet Grove High School in Riviera Beach. 

The Rebels led the high-scoring affair by a 32-30 count after one stanza, but the Titans rallied to take a four-point lead into the locker room at the half.

The Titans made six three-point field goals during a third quarter that saw them stretch their lead to eight at 109-101 after three quarters. In all, they connected on 15 treys in the contest. The Titans then protected their lead in the final quarter to preserve the win.

Guard T.T. Hall paced the Titans with 36 points, while center Matt Kendrick paced the Rebels with a team-high 27, including an array of noteworthy dunks. He was also a force on the defensive end, blocking several Titan shots.

“The Titans’ shooting and transition game was outstanding today,” said Rebels Coach Fernando Rojas. “They moved the ball well, getting high-percentage shots. We couldn’t keep up with their speed, and at the end we ended up nine points short.”

Please continue to check the FBA’s Website at www.thefba.com for dates and times of more preseason action as the league ramps up for its regular-season debut in May.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Tampa Bay Rebels Join the Florida Basketball Association

The Tampa Bay Rebels have reached an agreement to participate in the newly formed Florida Basketball Association (FBA) for the 2012 season. The Rebels will be playing their first regular season game against the Palm Beach Titans in Palm Beach on May 5th, 2012. “We are very excited to be part of the FBA.  The spring schedule allows us to keep touring internationally in the fall and fill the void of high level basketball in the Bay area during the spring and summer months,” said GM and Head Coach Fernando Rojas.

The Commissioner of the FBA will be retired NBA player Gregg Kite. A former Orlando Magic alum, Kite boasts an 11 year NBA career that includes two NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics (’84 and ’86). “Basketball has been a huge part of my life,” said Kite. “I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to come my way. The timing is perfect, and I’m excited to have found a leadership opportunity that enables me to merge my business and basketball experience together to help create something with a tremendous amount of potential in Florida”.

The FBA will boast six charter teams for its inaugural season: the Miami Stars, the Palm Beach Titans, the Florida Flight from Orlando, the Panama City Dream, the Heartland Prowl, and the Tampa Bay Rebels. The regular season will run from May through July.

Rojas added, “The FBA is the right fit for us. Basketball fans will have the opportunity to enjoy high caliber play and see future basketball stars.”

Friday, January 6, 2012

5 Quick Questiosn With...Aaron Mitchell - Head Coach of Antranik Beirut

The Tampa Bay Rebels are excited to have Aaaron Mitchell, Head Coach of Antranik Beirut of Lebanon's top league, join us for this edition of "5 Quick Questions."  Coach Mitchell brings a diverse background to the coaching ranks as an accomplished player in both the U.S. and various premier leagues around the globe.  In addition to coaching Antranik, Coach Mitchell is also writing a blog for Eurobasket.com, which you can view here.


How long have you been coaching overseas?

I played 16 years, and I am in my 7th year coaching!

During your international coaching and playing career, have you ever been in a position where political situations in your country or surrounding countries have affected your ability to attract international talent? If so, how have you dealt with that?

No, never.

How has your experience as an international player helped you as an international coach?

By far, playing in the number of countries I have, it has humbled me as person and developed my skills and knowledge of the game as a coach!

When you evaluate players with American citizenship, do you give serious consideration to what level of college basketball (NCAA Division I, Division II, NAIA, etc) they played, or are you evaluating them as a player independent of where they played collegiately?

I look at style of play - college has no meaning for me.  Some players develop in small (schools) perhaps better than players in large schools.

As a coach, how much control do you have in regards to which players are signed?

All control.  You have to have it to select the people you are going to work with.  (But) there are some cases where you inherit a team, wether the club starts late, or you replace a coach, or (there are) financial problems!