PROWL DEFEAT REBELS; WIN 2013 FBA CHAMPIONSHIP

2013 Prowl FBA Champions

(Orlando, FL) – The Heartland Prowl gave the Tampa Bay Rebels their first home court loss of the season, winning the 2013 FBA Championship by a score if 111-109.

The game was one of the best thus far in the FBA, with both teams commanding double digit leads at different points throughout the game.

The Rebels’ Cory Lemons set the pace early on, exploiting the zone defense of the Prowl and pushing his team to a 17-5 advantage to start the game.

With some key defensive adjustments and stellar rebounding from Arnold Lewis and Tyrell Harper, the Prowl clawed back to take a 52-44 lead at halftime.

It was the Rebels’ Chris Stephenson show early in the 3rd quarter, who scored 8 straight points to decrease the Prowl lead to single digits. Multiple Prowl 3-pointers by Junior Geidi, Mike Floyd and Bryce Kachinski helped the Prowl take back control, capturing the biggest lead of the night with a 91-76 advantage at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The Rebels refused to give up, using stellar team defense and back to back 3-pointers from Stan Bufford to pull within 1 with less than 5 minutes to go in the game. An additional crucial Aubrey West 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining helped the Rebels tie the game with 28.6 seconds remaining.

The Prowl held for one shot, with St. Fort dribbling the clock down before penetrating the Rebels defense and scoring a contested lay-up drive despite being fouled. He would miss the free throw, giving the Prowl just a 2 point advantage with just 3.1 seconds remaining. With one last opportunity to tie or take the lead, the Rebels called time out and advanced the ball to half court. They inbounded the ball to Bufford, who took one hard dribble to the rim. His bank shot was too hard, sealing the championship win for the Prowl.

The FBA Championship MVP award went to Prowl forward and Savannah State alum Arnold Lewis. Lewis left an imprint on every aspect of the game, contributing 27 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals to lead the Prowl to victory. Kachinski also added 24 points, including 5 three-pointers on the night.

The Rebels were led by Cory Lemons, who added the first triple-double in FBA Playoff history. Lemons finished with 27 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds. Stephenson finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Bufford added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The 2013 Championship game was a rematch of 2012, and sweet revenge for the Prowl, who fell short to the Rebels in the FBA’s inaugural season. Including the playoffs, the two teams finish with an overall record of 11-3 for the 2013 season. Over the course of five total 2013 games against each other, the Prowl narrowly outscored the Rebels 557-555 in total points scored. In just two seasons, the teams have developed a hotly-contested rivalry that should continue to provide fans with game-day excitement for seasons to come.

The FBA is a Florida-based independent professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA Championship Game Day

2013 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DAY SLIDERThe Florida Basketball Association will hold it’s 2013 Championship game tonight in Tampa, Florida.

The game will be a repeat of the FBA’s inaugural season, pitting the 2012 Defending Champion Tampa Bay Rebels against the visiting and 2nd seeded Heartland Prowl, hailing from Lake Wales, Florida.

The Rebels are led by Corey Lemons, a 4 time winner of FBA Player of the Week Honors. Lemons is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game this season. An alum Cabrini College (NCAA III), Lemons has proven to be a brilliant pick-up for the Rebels at just 5’10”.

The Prowl are led by Arnold Louis, fresh off a 4 year collegiate career at Savannah State University (NCAA I). Louis contributed 24.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 blocks per game for the Prowl this season.

Tonight’s game will be held at Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida, home court of the Rebels, who locked up home court advantage by finishing first in the FBA this season with a record of 10-2. The Prowl, who finished 9-3 on the year, owe all of their losses to the Rebels this season, who defeated the Prowl 3 out of their 4 match-ups this year.

FBA championship game

Teams: Tampa Bay Rebels vs. Heartland Prowl

When: Saturday, August 3rd, at 7 p.m.

Admission: $10; free for children 13 and under

Where: Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa

FBA Week 1 Recap

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) kicked off its season-opening weekend in exciting fashion with all three games requiring overtime for the finish.

On Saturday, April 27th,the Florida Flight (Orlando) traveled to Riviera Beach to take on the Palm Beach Knights in one of the highest scoring games thus far in the FBA. Despite trailing by 18 at one point, the Flight regrouped to force overtime and won by a score of 140-132. The Flight’s Corey Williams led all scores with 36 points, and also contributed 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Jon Admason also contributed 32 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists.Germer Kinsey led the Knights with 25 points.

That same day, the Defending-Champion Tampa Bay Rebels hosted the Heartland Prowl at Freedom High School. The Rebels came out on top to win 123-122 in overtime. The Rebels Chris Stephenson led all scores with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals. Charles Okwandu for the Rebels also added 22 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.

Sunday, April 28th provided the Knights with an immediate opportunity to avenge their opening day loss to the Flight. Momentum carried over for the Flight, who held a 51-44 advantage at halftime. The Knights pushed ahead to force overtime by the end, but couldn’t recover from a barrage of 3 pointers from Ernest Jones and Mark King. The Flight won by a score of 117-108.

The Flight’s Jonathan Adamson picked up where he left off in game 1, contributing game highs in points (24) and rebounds (20). Jones and Corey Williams contributed 24 a piece, and Adam Waldo added 21 points and 14 rebounds. Germer Kinsey again led the Knights with 22 points.

On Saturday, May 5th, the Flight travel to Tampa to take on the Rebels.The game will be held at Freedom High School. Tip off is slated for 2:00pm.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.