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.