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.
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