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.

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