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.

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