Thursday, March 17, 2016

Former Rebels Excel in LNBP

This year, the Tampa Bay Rebels celebrate our 10th anniversary as a basketball organization, and we couldn’t plan a better celebration than having two of our best former players reach the top of their profession. Brandon Davis finished the LNBP regular season as the league’s leading scorer with an average of 25.7 points per game in forty games. He also took his team, Correcaminos (Roadrunners), to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Veteran point guard Mark Borders finished the season as the LNBP’s assists leader with 7.9 assists per game. Borders also led the LNBP in assists during his rookie season in 2007.

“I remember when I recruited Mark after his college career at the University of Tampa. At the time, we were the Tampa Bay Sharks. We traveled abroad, and, after playing two games, he was signed by Santos de San Luis. Later on, he went to Brazil for four years and then came back to Mexico to become the assist leader this year,” Coach Rojas commented. He added “Two years ago, I went to Jacksonville to watch a minor league basketball game. I saw Brandon’s shooting capability and two things were clear: his NBA range and ease of release. He is a natural shooter with the size and defensive skills to successfully play international basketball. At the time, I do not think he was fully aware of his potential. He played for the Rebels in 2014 and set a single game scoring record in the FBA of 42 points including 12 three point shots. He was the Rebels MVP that year, and shortly after, for the first time, he signed his first international contract.”

Coach Rojas continued, “We are elated to celebrate ten years of promoting basketball in Tampa and, at the same time, recognizing the success of two smart players. Mark Borders and Brandon Davis are two outstanding athletes who appreciate the opportunities given to them. I have no doubt that they will continue climbing the ladder of success in their personal lives and basketball careers.”