Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015: Traveling Year for Rebels

 
In 2015, the Tampa Bay Rebels will be able to play not only in the summer, but also in both the spring and fall. The open schedule will allow the team to travel domestically and schedule international games as well. The Rebels have been invited to play in Texas, Georgia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. A number of tryouts will take place throughout the year searching for the best talent. A combination of scouting, local tryouts, and performance on the court will decide the player pool available for the Rebels 2015 schedule.

The flexibility of the open schedule will allow more opportunities for players interested in advancing their basketball careers. Interested players can compete with their regular teams during their season, and, once they finish, they can come to Tampa and join the Rebels for our national and international travel schedule during the spring or fall.

To keep up to date with the latest information about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rebels Host Atlanta Aliens in Exhibition

The Tampa Bay Rebels hosted the Atlanta Aliens on Saturday, November 1st at the Police Athletic League facility in Tampa. Local fans showed in good numbers to see the exhibition contest between the two teams. The visiting Aliens wasted no time in seizing control of the game by dominating the boards and using their size and speed to jump out to an early lead that they never lost en route to 99-121 road victory.

“The Atlanta Aliens are one of the best teams in the Southeast; Coach Richards always has his guys ready to play at a high level. This was a great opportunity for us to look at new players trying to make the Rebels roster for 2015,” Rebels Head Coach Fernando Rojas commented.

The Tampa Bay Rebels will play an open schedule during the 2014-2015 season that includes games against the best minor league teams in the country and a 2015 International Tour. The Rebels will hold additional open tryouts in the spring and summer with dates to be announced at a future time.

For the latest information about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rebels Hold First Tryout for 2015

The Tampa Bay Rebels held their first tryout in preparation for 2015 at the Police Athletic League facility in Tampa this past weekend. The Rebels are known for the opportunities they provide to new players each year, and, although keeping the same roster brings clear benefits, the team has been able to compile a 34-8 record over the past 3 seasons with a different roster each year. This most recent tryout brought in an influx of talent at both the guard and power forward positions. The Rebels will schedule one more tryout in March with details to be announced at a later date.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rebels Continue to Develop International Relationships

Since 2007, the Tampa Bay Rebels have built strong relationships with teams in the Liga Nacional de Basquetbol Profesional (LNBP), Mexico’s best pro league. “Back then, the team was known as the Tampa Bay Shark; we started sending players south of the border and developed a reputation for fielding a team with reliable players and athletes,” Rebels GM Fernando Rojas said. 

Rojas was invited to spend a recent weekend with the coaching staff of Pioneros de Quintana Roo, one of the best teams not only in the LNBP, but in all of Latin America. Pioneros coaching staff is headed by the former coach of the Puerto Rico National team, Manolo Cintron, and their associate coach is former Phoenix Suns player Horacio Llamas (pictured above).

“Pioneros is a model organization in many regards. They have a great coaching staff and experienced professionals from Mexico, Argentina and Chile managing the club’s community programs and youth basketball development. The club was interested in the Rebels’ scouting and recruiting system. I sincerely appreciate the invitation to share basketball ideas with one of the best clubs I have known, and I look forward to doing bigger and better things together,” Rojas commented.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Davis Heads to Mexico's Top League

Tampa Bay Rebels 2014 MVP Brandon Davis has been signed by Gansos Salvajes of the LNBP, Mexico’s top professional league. Davis’s hiring came after a successful season with the Rebels this past summer as he helped the team reach the championship game, set a new league record for most points in a single game, and was nominated for the FBA All-Star First Team.

Luis Garcia, Head Coach of Gansos Salvajes, had this to say about Davis’s hiring: “I have known Coach Rojas for a long time. He has an eye for finding quality talent. He understands the level of competition we face and the type of club we are. Brandon’s skill set should help the team from the get go."

Many basketball players can be signed once, but not many can start a professional career. “Brandon has the profile and athletic ability to build a long term international career. His demeanor off the court and maturity level will help him as well. Playing in Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world, will make him grow as a player and as a person,” Coach Rojas commented.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Season Recap

Following the conclusion of the 2014 FBA season, we sat down with Tampa Bay Rebels Head Coach / GM Fernando Rojas to discuss this past season and get a glimpse into what the future holds for the organization:

What would you say was the highest point this season?

Without a doubt, the highest point in the season was getting full time jobs for some of our players. These players will continue working and getting weekly paychecks even after the season is over. We strive to be a different type of team, helping players getting full time jobs makes the Tampa Bay Rebels a one of a kind organization.


What type of involvement you had with the community?

Through Metropolitan Ministries, we helped serve food to their residents at their Tampa location. In association with the Tampa Police Athletic League, we provided a basketball camp for boys and girls. Additionally, we became members of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce.


What was your record and how did the team play throughout the season?

We ended the 2014 season with an 11 – 3 record, making this the third straight year that the Rebels have reached the FBA Championship game. Rebels guard Brandon Davis set a new league scoring record with 49 points in a single game. We won every away game during the regular season and had five Rebels players nominated for the FBA All-Star Game.


What was the lowest point in the season?

We saw some players quitting throughout the season. When players don’t understand their role within the team, they quit or turn to selfish attitudes. Being part of something bigger than yourself is a difficult concept to grasp for many young players.


What are the plans for 2015?

My top priority will be to increase fan attendance to the games. We have a specific plan to bring families to enjoy the games and new halftime contests. We will be revamping our basketball operations and will also be bringing new personnel to the coaching staff.


To keep up to date with the latest Tampa Bay Rebels news, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Davis Named 2014 Team MVP

Brandon Davis has been selected by his teammates as the Tampa Bay Rebels Team MVP for the 2014 season. Davis averaged 27.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 2 assists per game in the regular season. He shot 47.5% from downtown in a season that saw him hit 8 or more 3-pointers in a game 5 times. On July 19th, Davis scored a Florida Basketball Association record 49 points in a victory against the Florida Flight. That night, Davis connected on 12 of 18 attempts from beyond the arc and also made 9 of 11 free-throws.

Following that record-setting night, Davis was asked about his time with the Rebels and if his time with the team had helped him improve as a player. He responded, “Yes, it has given me more confidence. They let me play my game, and I am not just a 3-point shooter. My teammates encourage me when I touch the ball and no one complains about touches during the game. There is very strong competition that prepares me to go back to play in other pro leagues. It puts you to the test.”

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rebels Fall to Midnites in Championship Game

In a meeting between the FBA’s top two teams, the Tampa Bay Rebels were unable to overcome a key first-half run by the Miami Midnites, falling 98-82 in the league’s championship game on August 10th in Davie, Florida. The Rebels struggled on the offensive end of the court, shooting just 35.4% from the field, but were also only able to convert on 15 out of 27 attempts at the free-throw line. Although the Rebels held the Midnites to an equal 35.4% field goal percentage, Tampa Bay struggled to complete those defensive possessions, giving up 26 offensive rebounds to Miami.

“We couldn’t set the pace on offense, and we were outrebounded,” stated Rebels’ head coach Fernando Rojas after the loss. “We had a good third quarter and cut their lead down, but their defense was outstanding. They demonstrated that defense wins championships.”

With the loss, the Rebels finish the season with an overall record of 11-3. This was also the third straight season that the Tampa Bay Rebels, who have won the most games in the FBA since the league began in 2012, have reached the championship game.

To learn more about the Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rebels Advance to Championship Game

The Tampa Bay Rebels advanced to the 2014 FBA championship game by defeating the Heartland Prowl 126-118 at the Police Athletic League in Tampa on Saturday, August 2nd. This marks the third straight year that the Rebels have reached the FBA championship game.

Tampa Bay jumped out to a lead early in the game, and remained in control throughout the remainder of the first quarter. Heartland used an early second quarter run to briefly take the lead, before the Rebels made a rally of their own to take a 59-51 advantage into halftime. After the game, Coach Rojas commented, “Today, we had the best defensive game of the season. The Prowl was always within striking distance, but he first unit did an excellent job matching their intensity and rebounding in key moments of the game. The second unit had a great game on the defensive end as well. The team showed resilience and unselfish basketball.”

Tampa Bay will now travel to Davie, Florida to face the Miami Midnites on Sunday, August 10th at 12:30pm in the FBA championship game.

To learn more about the Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rebels, Prowl Renew Playoff Rivalry

Come support the Tampa Bay Rebels in their quest to reach the FBA championship game as they face the Heartland Prowl in the FBA semi-finals. The game will be played this Saturday, August 2nd, at 1pm at the Police Athletic League located at 1924 W. Diana Street, Tampa, FL 33604. The Rebels are offering free admission to the game for fans of all ages.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rebels Outduel Knights

The Tampa Bay Rebels concluded the 2014 regular season with a 130-110 victory over the Palm Beach Knights on July 26th at Freedom High School in New Tampa. With the win, the Rebels improved to 10-2 on the season and reached at least 10 victories in the regular season, for the third straight season.

The Rebels started fast, jumping out to a 25-15 lead after the first quarter. Palm Beach rallied in the second quarter, cutting Tampa Bay’s lead to 51-48 at intermission, and carried the momentum over to the second half where they took the lead 52-51 in the early moments of the third quarter. The Rebels, however, battled back and held an 85-75 advantage heading into the final quarter. Cory Lemons scored 12 points in the decisive fourth quarter run that pushed the Rebels to victory.

Joe Katuka, Jermaine Bell, and Cory Lemons led the Rebels in scoring with 24 points each. Katuka also grabbed 19 rebounds, to go along with 3 steals and a block on the night. Bell hauled in 13 rebounds and added 5 blocks to go along with 5 assists in the victory, and Lemons finished the evening with 12 assists, 12 rebounds and 3 steals in addition to his scoring efforts.

The Rebels will now face the Heartland Prowl on Saturday, August 2nd at 1pm in the semi-final round of the FBA playoffs. The game will be played at the Police Athletic League located at 1924 W. Diana Street in Tampa. All fans will receive free admission to the game.

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rebels Celebrate Fan Appreciation Night on 7/26

The Tampa Bay Rebels will be celebrating Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, July 26th when they play the Palm Beach Knights at 6pm at Freedom High School in New Tampa. As part of the event, all fans will receive free admission to the game. Both Burger 21 and SportClips will provide giveaways for fans while supplies last. The evening will also feature halftime contests that will give fans the opportunity to win additional prizes.

The Rebels are coming off a 130-111 win against the Florida Flight on July 19th where Rebels’ guard Brandon Davis scored a league record 49 points. After a rough start to the season, the Palm Beach Knights have won 3 consecutive games and can secure a playoff spot with a victory in Tampa.

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Davis Sets FBA Scoring Mark in Win

The Tampa Bay Rebels improved to 9-2 on the season as Brandon Davis set an FBA record with 49 points in the Rebels’ 130-111 win this past weekend against the Florida Flight in Orlando. Davis knocked down 12 three-pointers and made 9 of 11 free-throws on the record-setting night. He also pulled down 8 rebounds and dished out 3 assists on the evening.

The Rebels came out of the gate on fire, taking a 40-21 lead after the first quarter behind 5 three-pointers from Davis. Although the Flight would cut the lead to single-digits in the second, Tampa Bay would take a 63-53 lead into the half. The Rebels pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Flight 26-16 to hold an 89-69 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Five other Tampa Bay players, outside of Davis, scored in double-figures on the evening. Joe Katuka had another double-double for the Rebels, scoring 14 points with a variety of offensive moves and grabbing 13 rebounds on the night. Spenser Mitchell finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds, including a spectacular put-back slam, and continues to assert himself as a vital part of the Rebels team.

Although Davis set a record for 3-point makes while in high school, this is the first time in his career that he has set a record for points scored. It also set a new personal best in total 3-point makes, breaking his personal best of 11 makes in a single game. When asked if the playing with the Rebels has helped him improve his game, Davis replied, “Yes, it has given me more confidence. They let me play my game, and I am not just a 3-point shooter. My teammates encourage me when I touch the ball and no one complains about touches during the game.” Regarding the competition level in the FBA, Davis stated, “There is very strong competition that prepares me to go back to play in other pro leagues. It puts you to the test.”

The Rebels will return to Freedom High School in New Tampa on Saturday, July 26th when they face one of the hottest teams in the FBA, the Palm Beach Knights, on Fan Appreciation night. The Knights have overcome a rocky start to the season and have won their last 3 games in convincing fashion. As part of Fan Appreciation night, all fans will receive free admission to the game. Burger21 and SportClips will provide free giveaways to fans who attend while supplies last. The game is set to begin at 6pm.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Rebels Battle Past Prowl

The Tampa Bay Rebels withstood a fourth quarter surge from the Heartland Prowl and came away with a 110-107 victory on Saturday, July 12th in Lake Wales.  

Trailing late in the final period, the Rebels rallied behind strong defensive play to put the game within striking distance coming down the stretch. Brandon Davis hit the last of his 9 3-pointer on the evening with just under 1 minute left to put the Rebels ahead 106-105. After Prowl forward Mark St. Fort scored a basket with 42.6 seconds left, which pushed the home team back ahead at 107-106, Tampa Bay guard Jerome Clyburn hit a layup with 29.6 seconds to give the Rebels the lead for good at 108-107.  Cory Lemons then knocked down 2 free-throws to extend the lead to 110-107 with under 10 seconds left to play.

Davis finished with 36 points, shooting 9 of 15 from long range, to go along with 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Point guard Cory Lemons scored 21 points, handed out 14 assists, and grabbed 8 rebounds for Tampa Bay.

The Rebels, who improved to 8-2 with the victory, will travel to Orlando on July 19th to face the Florida Flight before returning home on July 26th to close out the regular season against the Palm Beach Knights.

To keep up with the latest news from the Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Successful Weekend for Rebels

The Tampa Bay Rebels capped off an eventful Saturday with a hard-fought 98-92 victory over the Florida Flight in Orlando. With the win, the Rebels improve to 7-2 on the season.

Prior to the game, the team gathered at Little Greek Restaurant located in New Tampa. The restaurant, which also recently sponsored a halftime contest at a Rebels’ game, provided the team with quality food and service prior to a very crucial road game. “We are very appreciative of what Little Greek Restaurant and their manager, Percy Rosemurgy, have done for us this season,” stated Andrew Phillips, the Rebels’ Director of Scouting. “From the halftime contest to the pre-game meal, we have had nothing but great experiences with the restaurant and their staff, and we are looking forward to developing our relationship with them as we move forward.”

Once the game started, the Rebels built an early lead and held a 25-16 lead after the first quarter. The Flight fought their way back into the game during the second period, but the Rebels managed to hang on to a 46-42 advantage at halftime. Tampa Bay took a 72-62 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Flight would rally again, tying the Rebels at 92 with 39.5 seconds left. Jerome Clyburn then found Jermaine Bell for a dunk on the next possession to give the Rebels the lead for good at 94-92 with 30 seconds left in the game.

Bryce Kachinski led the Rebels with 21 points, while Brandon Davis scored 20 points, including 10 for 13 from the free-throw line. Cory Lemons scored 19, and Jerome Clyburn added 14 points for Tampa Bay.

The Rebels will return to action on July 12th when they face the Heartland Prowl in Lake Wales.

To keep up with the latest news from the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rebels Volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries

As part of their community outreach program, members of the Tampa Bay Rebels organization volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries near downtown Tampa on June 18th. Metropolitan Ministries provides resources to individuals and families in need in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties. They provide food and lodging along with programs for both children and adults to assist them as they overcome their challenges.

Players and coaches attended an orientation and were welcomed by Don Anderson, who addressed the group and shared some personal experiences from his time as a volunteer. Following the orientation, the Rebels assisted Metropolitan Ministries’ staff by preparing food, serving residents, and cleaning up after the meal service.

“Coach Bell told me about the opportunity to volunteer for Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. I thought that was a great opportunity for the Rebels not only to continue giving back to the community, but also to learn about the humanitarian job Metropolitan Ministries does in the city. The players prepared food, and coaches served the meals to the residents. The folks that we had the opportunity to meet are regular good people in difficult situations. We look forward to supporting Metropolitan Ministries’ programs in the future,” stated Fernando Rojas, Head Coach of the Rebels.

Metropolitan Ministries’ Tampa location is currently at full capacity for their residential units and there is a lengthy waiting list of those in need. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to Metropolitan Ministries, please visit their website at www.metromin.org.

For more information about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rally Falls Short


Photo Courtesy of Jeff Adams
The Tampa Bay Rebels fought back from a 17 point haltime deficit but came up just short against the Miami Midnites in a battle for first place in the Florida Basketball Association this past weekend, falling 110-115 at Freedom High School in Tampa. The loss drops Tampa Bay to 6-2 on the season, while Miami improves to 7-1.

Although the Rebels led for several minutes in the first quarter, they found themselves trailing 18-25 as the period came to an end. Miami continued their run in the second, however, as Tampa Bay faced a 45-62 disadvantage at halftime. The Rebels came out extremely focused in the third period, outscoring Miami by 11 points in the quarter, but still trailed 84-90 heading into the final period. After outplaying Miami over the first 10 minutes of the final quarter, the Rebels closed the gap to 108-109 with just over 2 minutes left in the game, but were never able to get the tying or go-ahead basket to fall during those final minutes.

The Rebels were led by Kevin Foster who finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Cory Lemons added 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Brandon Davis finished with 22 points and 3 steals.

Tampa Bay will be back in action on June 28th as they travel to Orlando to play the Florida Flight. To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Running Center of Tampa Bay Night on 6/21


Running Center of Tampa Bay will be sponsoring halftime at this weekend’s contest as the Tampa Bay Rebels host the Miami Midnites in a battle for first place on Saturday, June 21st at Freedom High School in New Tampa.  The winner of that night's free-throw contest will receive a $25 giftcard to be used at the Running Center store located at 14308-E N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.
 
The game will start at 6pm and could potentially factor into the playoff picture for both teams as they have split the first two meetings.  Children 13 and under will receive free admission to the game, while those over 13 can purchase tickets for only $10 at the door.  Giveaways from SportClips and Burger21 will also be available for those in attendance.
 
Parking for our games will be provided in the lot behind Freedom High School. To reach the parking lot, turn next to the New Tampa Community Park and Recreation Center (located at 17302 Commerce Park Boulevard, Tampa, FL). Follow the entrance road until it forks off. Turn right at the fork in the road and follow it until you reach the parking lot.
 
To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tampa Bay Holds Off Prowl

The Tampa Bay Rebels continued their current hot streak, defeating the Heartland Prowl 137-103 on Saturday, June 14th at Freedom High School in Tampa. Cory Lemons finished with his first triple-double of the season, scoring 17 points in the first quarter while triggering a 42-14 run that put the Rebels in control for the rest of the night. Although the Prowl trimmed the lead to 21 by halftime, the Rebels fought off any hopes of a 3rd quarter rally to win their 6th straight game. With the victory, the Rebels improve to 6-1, while the Prowl drop to 2-3 in 2014.  

Lemons totaled 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists on the night, setting the tempo from the tip-off. Brandon Davis knocked down 8 3-pointers on his way to 27 points. Rebels’ center Joe Katuka continued to assert himself as a presence down low, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block.

The Rebels return to action at 6pm on Saturday, June 21st when they host the Miami Midnites at Freedom High School. The season series will be on the line that night, as well as potential playoff implications, as the teams have split their first two meetings.

To follow along with the rest of our season, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Parking for Rebels' Games

Parking for our games will be provided in the lot behind Freedom High School. To reach the parking lot, turn next to the New Tampa Community Park and Recreation Center (located at 17302 Commerce Park Boulevard, Tampa, FL). Follow the entrance road until you reach a fork in the road.   Turn right and follow the road until you reach the parking lot.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Rebels Improve to 5-1

The Tampa Bay Rebels improved to 5-1 on the season with a 159-78 victory over the Palm Beach Knights on Sunday, June 8th at the Tampa Police Athletic League. The Rebels seized control early, opening the game with a 30-5 run, and never looked backed as they won their fourth straight game.

Eight Rebels scored in double-figures, led by Robert Fuchs who shot 7-15 from downtown on his way to 28 points and 5 rebounds. Bryce Kachinski added 20 points, while Joe Katuka collected a huge double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. James Devlin came off the bench to score 19 while adding 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Brandon Davis finished with 18 points, and Jermaine Bell scored 14 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 assists. Spenser Mitchell chipped in 12 points, while Matt Kendrick added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Cory Lemons led the team with 10 assists while adding 9 rebounds and 4 points on the night. Jerome Clyburn had a team-high 4 steals to go along with 9 points and 6 rebounds, and Jonathan Brown finished with 7 points and 3 assists off the bench.

At halftime, participants of the Rebels’ youth camp, held at the PAL gymnasium the previous day, participated in a full-court game, much to the delight of the fans in attendance. Two campers, Jasmine Licia and William Warren, also competed in a free-throw contest for a $50 gift card to La Pequeña Colombia after finishing as the top 2 free-throw shooters in the camp.

The Rebels return to action on June 14th when they face the defending FBA champion Heartland Prowl at 6pm at Freedom High School in New Tampa. The Rebels won the first meeting of the season between these two teams by a score of 122-115 back on May 10th in Lake Wales.

Fans who are 13 years old and younger receive free admission to the game, while those over 13 can purchase tickets for just $10 at the door. Parking for game will be provided in the lot behind Freedom High School. To reach the parking lot, turn next to the New Tampa Community Park and Recreation Center. Once you reach the fork in the road, turn right and follow the road until you reach the parking lot.

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PAL, Rebels Broaden Partnership

The Tampa Bay Rebels organization is partnering with the Tampa Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a youth camp and regular-season game over the weekend of June 7th and 8th at the PAL campus located at 1924 W Diana Street in Tampa. The weekend of events broadens the partnership between the Rebels and the PAL, which has grown steadily over the past few seasons.

The youth camp is open to boys and girls 9-12 years old and will run from 9am until noon on Saturday, June 7th. Members of the Rebels organization will provide instruction to camp participants. The cost for the camp is just $10, with all proceeds going to the PAL. Interested parties can register online by visiting www.tampapalpatriots.com.

On Sunday, June 8th, the Tampa Bay Rebels will host the Palm Beach Knights at the PAL gymnasium at 1pm. Tampa Bay will be seeking their 4th straight win as they face Palm Beach for the second time this season. Fans 13 and under will receive free admission to the game, while those over 13 can purchase tickets for $10 at the door.

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rebels Win 3rd Straight

The Tampa Bay Rebels won their 3rd straight game with a 136-120 victory over the Florida Flight this past Saturday. Holding a 10-point advantage at the beginning of the second quarter, the Rebels outscored the Flight 41-23 in the second period on their way to a 69-41 halftime lead. Tampa Bay knocked down 21 of 22 free-throws down as they improved to 4-1 on the season.

Brandon Davis led the Rebels with 39 points, knocking down 9 three-pointers, and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Jermaine Bell scored 25 points to go along with 14 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 assists. Joe Katuka picked up another double-double, scoring 19 points and hauling in 11 rebounds, while Bryce Kachinski hit 4 three-pointers on his way to 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds on the night. Guard James Devlin added 10 points and 4 steals off the bench, and Cory Lemons played a solid all-around game, finishing with 9 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

The Rebels will return to action at 1pm on Sunday, June 8th, as they host the Palm Beach Knights at the Police Athletic League located at 1924 W. Diana Street in Tampa. To get the latest Tampa Bay Rebels news, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SportClips to Provide Giveaways on 5/31

SportClips, with locations in Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, will be providing coupons for a free haircut along with discount cards to fans who attend the Saturday, May 31st game against the Florida Flight while supplies last. Additionally, SportClips will also be providing a gift basket for the winner of the halftime contest that night. The game is set to begin at 6pm at Freedom High School in New Tampa. Children 13 and under receive free admission to the game and those over 13 can purchase tickets at the door for just $10.

Parking for game will be provided in the lot behind Freedom High School. To reach the parking lot, turn next to the New Tampa Community Park and Recreation Center. Once you reach the fork in the road, turn right and follow the road until you reach the parking lot.

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.





Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rebels Rally Past Midnites

The Tampa Bay Rebels overcame a 15 point halftime deficit to defeat the Miami Midnites 104-103 on May 25th in Davie, Florida. After trailing 41-56 at intermission, the Rebels used a 29-13 run over the first 9 minutes and 30 seconds of the 3rd quarter to pull ahead 70-69, and went into the final period with a 75-73 advantage.  

Bryce Kachinksi hit 5 three-pointers in final period to help put the Rebels in a position to win the game, but the Midnites would not go away easily. With Tampa Bay pulling away, Miami used a rally of their own to tie the game at 95-95 with just under 4 minutes left. With the game tied at 101-101, Miami forward Orane Chin knocked down 2 free-throws to give the Midnites a 103-101 lead with only 36.5 seconds left on the clock. Rebels guard Jerome Clyburn countered with a hard drive to the basket, scoring the goal while drawing a foul and knocked down the free-throw to put the Rebels back on top 104-103 with 22.0 seconds remaining. The Tampa Bay defense stood their ground in Miami’s final possession, securing the win and pushing the Rebels to a 3-1 record this season.

Kachinski finished with 20 points, while Jermaine Bell posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in addition to 5 blocks. James Devlin also chipped in 17 points to go along with 4 assists, while Brandon Davis added 13 points. Joe Katuka finished the game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks as the Rebels avenged their only loss of the season.

Tampa Bay will now prepare to host the Florida Flight on Saturday, May 31st at Freedom High School in New Tampa. The Rebels will welcome their newest sponsor, SportClips, that night as fans will be receiving a coupon for a free haircut along with discount cards that can be used in the future. SportClips will also be providing a gift basket for the winner of the halftime contest that evening. The game will begin at 6pm. Fans 13 and under get in free, while those over 13 can purchase tickets at the door for $10.

To follow along with the Rebels’ season, please visit us at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tampa Bay Downs Palm Beach

The Tampa Bay Rebels defeated the Palm Beach Knights 137-103 on Saturday, May 24th at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Palm Beach. The Rebels took control early as Brandon Davis knocked down 5 of his 9 three-pointers on the day in the opening quarter, powering the Rebels to a 30-16 advantage. Palm Beach made a strong run in the 2nd quarter to trim the lead to 10 points, but Tampa Bay countered with a run of their own to head into halftime with a 68-44 lead, and never looked back as they secured their 2nd road victory of the season.

In total, 7 Tampa Bay Rebels reached double figures, led by Brandon Davis with 28 points, who shot 9 for 15 from downtown. Jermaine Bell added 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks on the day. Joe Katuka added 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Spenser Mitchell also scored 14 points and collected 12 rebounds. Robert Fuchs drained 5 shots from long range on his way to 15 points, and Elijah Smith scored 13 points, including two spectacular dunks, while also grabbing 8 rebounds. Jamison Clark also finished in double figures with 13 points for the Rebels.

To keep up to date with the latest news on the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Rebels Fall to Midnites

The Tampa Bay Rebels fell to the Miami Midnites this past Saturday by a score of 137-123. Tampa Bay fell behind early and trailed 20-35 at the end of the first quarter. Although they would outscore Miami over the next 3 quarters, the Rebels were never able to gain control of the momentum. A half court shot by Bryce Kachinski just before the halftime buzzer closed the gap to 57-70 heading into the break. The Rebels outscored Miami in the 3rd, cutting the lead to single digits along the way, but the deep bench of Miami was able to hold off a rally from the home team.

Kachinski led Tampa Bay with 34 points on the night, hitting 5 of 9 shots from behind the arc. Rob Fuchs added 21 points and 5 3-pointers of his own. James Devlin added 20 points, while Jamison Clark chipped in 16 points, and Jonathan Brown added 13 on the night. As a team, the Rebels shot 86% (36 of 42) from the free-throw line.

With the loss, the Rebels drop to 1-1 on the season. The team will travel to the Palm Beach Knights this Saturday, and then make the short drive to Miami to face the Midnites on Sunday. To get the latest news on the Tampa bay Rebels, please visit us at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rebels Host Miami on Burger 21 Night

The Tampa Bay Rebels will host the Miami Midnites in their 2014 Florida Basketball Association home opener at 6pm on May 17th at Freedom High School in New Tampa on Burger 21 night. The Rebels are coming off of a 122-115 victory over the defending champion Heartland Prowl, while the Midnites secured a 105-76 win over the Florida Flight to earn a victory in their first FBA game in franchise history. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, and children 13 and under receive free admission. 

The first 25 children ages 13 or under will receive a Burger 21 coupon for a free milkshake with the purchase of a burger. A halftime contest will also be held with the winner being awarded a $21 gift card to Burger 21.

Parking for game will be provided in the lot behind Freedom High School. To reach the parking lot, turn next to the New Tampa Community Park and Recreation Center. Once you reach the fork in the road, turn right and follow the road until you reach the parking lot.

To keep up to date with the latest Tampa Bay Rebels news, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Rebels Partner with Howard Johnson

The Tampa Bay Rebels have announced that Howard Johnson will be the team’s Official Lodging Partner for the 2014 season. The hotel chain has over 500 locations in 14 countries, including several locations within the Tampa Bay area. Howard Johnson is also a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group and participates in the Wyndham Rewards program with reward points accumulating for each stay.

For the latest information about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Rebels Fight Past Prowl

With all 10 players making a positive impact on the game during their time on the court, the Tampa Bay Rebels opened the 2014 FBA season with a 122-115 victory in Lakes Wales over the Heartland Prowl. The balanced attack saw all 5 Tampa Bay starters reach double figures and 9 players in total score during the game, while Cory Lemons, Bryce Kachinski, and James Devlin each tallied at least 5 assists. 

In a tightly contested first half, the Rebels managed 18 assists on 23 field goals and hit 10 of 18 shots from downtown, but struggled on the defensive end which resulted in a 65-62 halftime deficit. The Rebels picked up the intensity on the defensive end of the court during the 3rd quarter, holding the Prowl to just 22 points while taking a slim 88-87 lead into the final period. Tampa Bay continued to extend the lead into the 4th quarter spurred on by the defensive effort, including a crucial block by newcomer Saladeem Dewberry on a Prowl dunk attempt late in the fourth quarter. The block energized the Rebels and helped them seize control of the momentum as they outscored the Prowl 34-28 in the fourth and secured an important road victory early in the season.

Cory Lemons finished the game with 27 points and 13 assists, while Bryce Kachinski hit 5 three-pointers on his way to 23 points. Center Joe Katuka asserted himself inside, scoring 17 points, grabbing 10 boards and adding 2 blocks, and Spenser Mitchell added 15 points and 7 rebounds. James Devlin provided solid defense with 3 steals and added 15 points. The second unit was led by Jonathan Brown with 8 points, while Rob Fuchs added 7 points. Saladeem Dewberry chipped in 6 points in addition to several key defensive plays, and Jamison Clark scored 4 points, while Stedmen Burnett made his impact felt on the defensive end of the court.

The Rebels will play their home opener on May 17th at Freedom High School against the Miami Midnites. The game will start at 6pm and will feature giveaways from Burger21. To keep up to date with the latest Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Rebels Train at Boxing Gym

Finishing their first week of training camp, the Tampa Bay Rebels went for a slightly different type of conditioning workout this past weekend. The team took a beginner’s boxing class at the Title Boxing Club in the Carrollwood section of Tampa. After a grueling warm up session, the players learned the basics of footwork, proper punching techniques, and mental toughness. “I always believed in cross-training, especially after going through the first week of training camp,” Head Coach / GM Fernando Rojas said. “Boxing is the ultimate sport in terms of conditioning and reflexes. Cross-training reduces injuries and brings back new mental energy to our regular practices. Carrie De Lisle, Assistant Manager at Title Boxing, was very accommodating in allowing us to train in the gym. She introduced us to TJ, one of the best trainers I have ever seen. He made our guys work extremely hard.”

To keep up with the latest news from the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Rebels Volunteer with Florida Aquarium

Represented by both players and coaches, the Tampa Bay Rebels volunteered with the Florida Aquarium at the inaugural Shark-Con event (www.shark-con.com) this past weekend. The two-day event, which was held at the Tampa Convention Center, pursued a goal of raising awareness for shark and ocean conservation. Shark-Con featured kid-friendly exhibits, numerous well-known vendors, and several award-winning speakers who were able to provide insight on this important cause.

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels and their growing relationship with the Tampa Bay community, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rebels Join New Tampa Chamber of Commerce

The Tampa Bay Rebels are proud to announce that they have joined the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce (NTCC) this month. The NTCC provides a platform for business owners, companies, and private citizens to stay connected within the fast growing New Tampa area. Rebels GM Fernando Rojas commented, “New Tampa has always been the home of many local businesses and nationally known brands. The widening of main roads as well as the arrival of new banking institutions and large healthcare facilities are some indicators of economic development in the area. Participating in the NTCC will expose the Tampa Bay Rebels brand of basketball to a large population with disposable income. We will continue to offer the best basketball entertainment in the city and look forward to establishing partnerships with local businesses.”

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit our website at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rebels Set for 2014 Training Camp


The Tampa Bay Rebels will begin their official training camp on April 28th in preparation for the start of the 2014 season, the team announced.  The Rebels are set to open their season against the 2013 Champions Heartland Prowl on May 10th when the teams meet in Lake Wales.  “The decisions we make during training camp will impact the rest of the season,” Head Coach Fernando Rojas stated.  “We have been in touch with a number of new players that we feel will bring a competitive edge to the team.  The new players, plus our local talent, should make for a very competitive camp.”
To get the latest news from the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lemons Returns for 2014

The Tampa Bay Rebels have announced that point guard Cory Lemons will be rejoining the team for the 2014 Florida Basketball Association season. Lemons had a breakout season in 2013, averaging 23.8 points, 9 assists, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.8 steals per game. “I’m excited to come back to the Rebels this season to play with a great group of guys,” Lemons commented. “I had a good time last year, but left disappointed because we didn’t win the championship. I’m coming back more focused and to make everybody better, myself included.” 

The former NCAA Division III All-American made an immediate impact upon joining the team in early June, becoming the first player in FBA history to win 3 straight Player of the Week awards, en route to being named league Player of the Week 4 times in 5 weeks. He was also named the FBA 2nd team following his rookie campaign in Tampa. “I think [the FBA] was very good competition. Me and my team had to come ready every game night because there was no time to slack or take anybody lightly. Every team was well-balanced,” Lemons responded when asked how he felt about the level of competition throughout the FBA.

The Rebels will take the court for the first time in 2014 when they travel to Lake Wales and face the Heartland Prowl in a rematch of the 2013 championship game on May 10th. They will then host the expansion team from Miami on May 17th at 6pm in their home opener at Freedom High School in New Tampa. For the latest information about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 Schedule Announced

The Tampa Bay Rebels have announced their 2014 Florida Basketball Association schedule. The Rebels play 5 of their 6 regular season home contests at Freedom High School in New Tampa, which they have called home for the past 2 seasons, with start times scheduled for 6pm. Tampa Bay will also utilize the City of Tampa’s Police Athletic League gymnasium to host the Palm Beach Knights on Sunday, June 8th, with a tipoff scheduled for 1pm. Children 13 and under will receive free admission to all home games, while those over 13 years old can purchase tickets for $10.

The Rebels will open their 3rd Florida Basketball Association season on May 10th as they travel to Lake Wales to face the Heartland Prowl in a rematch of the 2013 FBA championship game. The Rebels and Prowl have played for the league championship in each of the past two seasons with the Rebels winning the trophy in 2012.

On Saturday, May 17th, the Rebels will host their home opener against the expansion franchise that was awarded to Miami in the offseason. Tampa Bay will then travel south for a back to back at Palm Beach and Miami on May 24th and 25th.

The Rebels will then play four consecutive home games as they play the middle portion of their schedule. They will host the Florida Flight in the first matchup between the two teams on May 31st before hosting Palm Beach at the Police Athletic League the following weekend. The Prowl will travel to Tampa for the only time in the regular season on June 14th, while Miami will make its last trip to Tampa on June 21st.

Following the four-game home stand, Tampa Bay will hit the road for their next 3 games. They will travel to Orlando to play the Flight on June 28th, which will be the last weekend of games before the league-wide break over the July 4th weekend. Play will start again on July 12th when the Rebels play their second road contest of the season against the Prowl. Following their final to trip to play the Florida Flight in Orlando on July 19th, the Tampa Bay will host the Palm Beach Knights to finish out the regular season on July 26th.

To keep up with the latest information about the team, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Check Out Our Top 10 Plays Video

The Tampa Bay Rebels released their first TOP 10 PLAYS video clip this week. The video includes plays from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. “We put this footage together based on our fans request. After last season, we received several comments saying we should have a top ten video of the best plays from the 2012 Championship team and the team that went to the final in 2013. To my knowledge, this is the first time a semi-pro basketball team in Florida has done something like this. We want to thank our fans for the valuable input and look forward to keep offering the best basketball entertainment in the city,” said GM Fernando Rojas.
 
You can view the video by visiting our home page at www.tampabayrebels.com.
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rebels Hold Successful Tryout

The Tampa Bay Rebels held a tryout last Saturday at the Police Athletic League (PAL) facility in Tampa. Andrew Phillips, Director of Scouting for the Rebels, said, “We are in the process of revamping the roster, and the tryout gave us the opportunity to look at new talent. The frontcourt will be featuring new talent at both the power forward and center positions, and there will be new additions in the backcourt as well. We will be bringing back six players from last year’s team for the 2014 Florida Basketball Association season: Cory Lemons, Aubrey West, Robert Fuchs, Jamison Clark, Jonathan Brown and Xavier Shannon.”

Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com to learn more about the team and the 2014 season. You can also follow the team on Twitter (@tampabayrebels) and “Like” us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TampaBayRebels).

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Coming Soon...2014 FBA Schedule!!!

The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will be announcing the 2014 league schedule in the near future. This season, the FBA has expanded to five teams, all of which are located in Central and South Florida.  The league will also host its inaugural ALL-STAR Game during the upcoming season. Tampa Bay Rebels home games will include music, the Lady Rebels dance team, contests, and the best basketball in the city.

Stay tuned to www.tampabayrebels.com for additional information!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rebels Announce Date for 2014 Tryout

The Tampa Bay Rebels will be hosting tryouts for their upcoming 2014 Florida Basketball Association season on Saturday, February 15th at the Police Athletic League located at 1924 West Diana Street in Tampa. There is a $100 fee for the tryout, which will run from 2pm until 4pm. Selected players will be invited to the Rebel’s training camp in April.

“Over the past several years, we have consistently brought players from NBA’s D-League, major NCAA programs, local college programs, and international clubs to Tampa to play for the Rebels. The Rebels continue to be a great springboard for players who are looking to further their professional careers as well as rookie-level players looking to pursue a career at the professional level,” stated Rebels Director of Scouting, Andrew Phillips. “Players that have succeeded with our organization have shown that they understand what it means to be a professional - showing respect to teammates and coaches, fulfilling duties as part of the team with regards to community events, and being dedicated to the team by working hard in practice and being prepared on game day. Whether playing basketball is your full-time job or not, if you can do these things, you can be a part of something special with the Tampa Bay Rebels.”

Friday, January 3, 2014

Rebels Prepare New Roster for 2014 FBA Season


The Tampa Bay Rebels will look to make some additions to their roster heading into the 2014 Florida Basketball Association season.  Since joining the FBA, the Rebels have compiled a record of 22-4, and captured the 2012 FBA championship.  In 2013, members of the Rebels won 5 out of 11 FBA Player of the Week awards, while other members of the team continued their careers in other countries.  “Last season we had very talented players on the roster, but we didn’t have the championship chemistry.  We reached the championship game for the second consecutive time, and we came within a basket of back-to-back titles,” coach Fernando Rojas commented.  “We are a team based on performance, and this year, we are revamping the roster and also adding a new assistant coach that knows the organization quite well.  The task of choosing the right players will start with tryouts in March, and, by early April, the roster should be finalized.”
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