Thursday, January 19, 2017
In 2016, the Blue Sharks reached the MLK Tournament Championship game only to fall short by four points. This year, Coach Brown had his team ready to play right out of the gate. Throughout the tournament, the Blue Sharks had wins with less than one second on the clock and two outstanding games against a very smart and capable Polk team. In the championship game, the Blue Sharks came out on top against Polk 60 – 56.
Blue Sharks Head Coach Jon Brown said after the contest, “We were focused and determined to play both ends of the floor. Polk was a difficult opponent with experienced players. I think our bench made the difference - we just wore them out.” The Blue Sharks is the developmental team of the Tampa Bay Rebels. The purpose of the Blue Sharks is to give more players the opportunity to learn and play at a high level. Rebels GM Fernando Rojas commented after the contest, “This is the Blue Sharks second year of operation, and the team did a great job over the weekend finishing the tournament undefeated with a 5 – 0 record. This group has a very positive chemistry mix, and they enjoy playing as a team. Coach Brown, in particular, did a great job managing the roster throughout the entire tournament.”