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.