Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rebels Announce Developmental Team



The Tampa Bay Rebels have announced the creation of their new farm team that will start play in April 2015.  The team, which will be called the Blue Sharks, will play in Tampa and also in tournaments throughout the state during the spring and summer.

Creating a team where new players can develop their craft will allow both players and coaches the opportunity to learn and move up the ladder. The team will act as a developmental program for those athletes on the edge of playing FIBA basketball. The players that successfully develop will be called up to join the Tampa Bay Rebels for international opportunities and official games.

Rebels GM Fernando Rojas said of the new project, “The number of players asking for tryouts has steadily been on the rise. We decided to create a feeder team that will allow more players the opportunity to develop and prepare for international basketball. The standards to make the Blue Sharks will be the same as the ones we have established for the Rebels: maturity, commitment and skill.”

Additional information about the Blue Sharks can be found by visiting www.tampabayrebels.com. The Rebels site will host a dedicated section for the Blue Sharks and their activities.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rebels Sweep Weekend at Fort Gordon

 
The Tampa Bay Rebels started their 2015 season by accepting an opportunity to play at Fort Gordon, which is considered the most important military base in the Southeast, against the Fort Gordon Eagles of the East Coast Basketball League (ECBL). Fort Gordon is a large, multi-service military installation providing base services and support across a wide spectrum of training, operational and soldier sustainment needs. The Tampa Bay Rebels would like to thank the Fort Gordon Eagles and Coach Eddie Byrd for their hospitality throughout the weekend which featured two very exciting games between the two clubs.

The first matchup between the teams on Saturday, March 21st, was extremely tight throughout the first half as the Rebels missed several easy baskets and shot just 54% from the free-throw line. Although Fort Gordon held the lead during the majority of the first quarter, the Rebels battled back and evened the score at 24 going into the second quarter. With the Rebels trailing by 7 late in the second period and in need of a run, guard Derrod Williams scored seven straight points to bring the Rebels all the way back and even the score at 47 apiece heading into intermission. Tampa Bay finally found a rhythm in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Fort Gordon 36-21 to hold an 83-68 going into the final period. Fort Gordon would not go away quietly, however, and slowly chipped away at the lead, trimming the lead to 101-98 with just over two minutes remaining in the game. On the Rebels next offensive possession, center Marlon Jones knocked down two crucial free-throws to extend the lead to 103-98, stopping the run and giving the Rebels enough momentum to pull out a 108-100 victory.

Derrod Williams finished the game with 28 points, and was aided by double-doubles from both Isaiah Mason (23 points and 10 rebounds) and Marlon Jones (13 points and 10 rebounds). The chemistry of the Rebels was evident as the team assisted each other on 32 of 40 made field goals for the game.

Game two, on Sunday, March 22nd, was another highly competitive game. With the score tied at 17 at the end of the first period, Tampa Bay outscored Fort Gordon 30-22 over the next 12 minutes to hold a 47-39 halftime lead. Fort Gordon, however, opened the third quarter on a 14-5 run to take a 53-52 advantage with 7:30 left in the third quarter. After a timeout, the Rebels outscored the Eagles 12-5 over the next 82 seconds to take back the lead at 64-58 halfway through the third period and never looked back as they fought to a 108-96 victory.

The Rebels placed six players in double-figures, led by Isaiah Mason with 22. Julian Harris added 14, while Derrod Williams and Antoine Williams contributed 13 points apiece. Marlon Jones notched another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Shaq Barber also chipped in 10 points in the win.

For the latest news on the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rebels Set for 2015 Spring Tour




The Tampa Bay Rebels will kick off their 2015 activities with a tour to Georgia and South Carolina to compete against members of the East Coast Basketball League (ECBL). The Spring Tour will provide a great opportunity for the Rebels staff to evaluate players against quality competition. Following the tour, the Rebels will select a small group of these players to join the squad that will travel abroad in the fall.

2015 Spring Tour Roster

Antoine Williams - 6’0” PG (Eastfield College Texas)

Derrod Williams - 6’2” G (Texas College)

Marlon Jones - 6’10” C (Oklahoma City College)

Shaq Barber - 6’2” G (South Carolina State University)

Milton Jones - 6’4” F (Florida A & M University)

Isaiah Mason - 6’7” F (Pasco-Hernando Community College)

Julian Harris - 6’3” G (Eastern Michigan University)

Demetrious Edwards - 6’2” G (Cuyahoga Community College)

Jerome Harrison - 6’4” G (Brevard Community College)

Unzo Givens Jr - 6’2” G (N/A)

“We have a process in place that, over the years, has given many players a solid foundation to successfully step into FIBA basketball. A solid foundation means that they will be hired by a foreign club and stay with the team for the length of the season. Selecting the right players for international competition is a process that requires experience and knowledge of FIBA basketball. Many players can be signed once, but not many can build an international career. We are a small organization with a shoestring budget that you would never imagine could result in the high rate of success we have had taking players to the next level. It’s all about the process,” Rebels owner and head coach Fernando Rojas stated.

To keep up with the latest news about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rebels Host 2nd Tryout for 2015



 
The Tampa Bay Rebels held their second tryout this past Saturday at the Police Athletic League facility in Tampa. A new wave of players showed up to the tryouts ready to grab a spot on the 2015 Rebels squad. The tryout included activities aimed at determining the athletic ability of the participants as well as high intensity passing and shooting drills and full court scrimmages. “We wanted to see their skill level and ability to follow instructions. We are building a new team through tryouts and scouting, and this group added more talent to the team,” Coach Rojas commented.

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels and the upcoming 2015 season, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.