Thursday, May 31, 2012

The latest on the SF Rebels

The SF Rebels continued to impress as they went to the Final Four at the Memorial Day Classic.

The Rebs went 2 and 1 in pool play, defeating High Intensity and Greenline and losing to the Colorado Chaos team the next morning by eight points.

Bracket play began and the Rebels beat the Bulls by 12 points, then went on to meet the same Colorado Chaos team and topped them by 15 points.

Monday morning, the Rebels met Play Hard Play Smart in the Elite 8 game and won by 10 points. Then came the Lake Show Black in the Final Four and the Rebels lost a tough decision 65 to 60, ending their chances of going to the championship game.

The Rebels finished the confidence building tournament 5-2 heading to the ever-so-important July period.

Coach Nate Ford stated, “I don’t have the tallest teams or the most talented. But we do play tough defense and play team ball. We will sneak up on a lot of people."

The remaining Rebels schedule includes: 3 Stripes July 11 to 15 in Anaheim, Big Foot Hoops July 18 to 22 and then the Adidas 64 July 25 to 29.

Here's Coach Ford's take on the latest play of some of his guys:

* Geru Mabrey Riordan 2013
Geru controlled the tempo with his speed. He takes defenders off the dribble and makes sound decisions.
*Antione Porter Mission 2013
Shot the three ball with consistency throughout the tourney, went 6 for 6 down the stretch from the foul line.                                                                               
* Herman Pratt Sacred Heart Cathedral 2013
Herman was everywhere on the court as his defense frustrated opponents and he also rebounded very well for his size.                                         

* Gione Edwards Mission 2012
Had his best tournament of the year as he led the Rebels in scoring and rebounding.     
* Wayne Englestad Heritage High 2012
Wayne took guys on the block and had some nice moves around the basket.He also knocked down some very deep 3s.                                                                         

* Michael Smith El Camino 2013
Michael had the best all-around performance for the Rebels as he scored in a variety of ways -- outside and inside. He also made sound decisions in putting the ball in the hands of our hot players.

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