Friday, April 1, 2016

Rebels Basketball off to a Hot Start

Rebels Basketball 2020
We’re only a few weeks into the 2016 travel basketball season and a few Ohio-based teams are already serving notice.  In fact, Coach Justin Ferguson’s 2020 Rebels Basketball squad capped off a hot March run with a championship at the Varsity AC Easter Classic in Garfield Heights last weekend. During the course of their 7-0 run, the #8 ranked Rebels knocked off MOB-Gold (68-32), Relentless (84-20), Hardwork Basketball-Blue (74-70), Ohio Rockets (89-39), MOB-Black (74-69), Youngstown Express (70-65) and the #9 Hardwork Basketball-Blue (74-55). The Rebels was led in scoring by a trio of standouts including: Garvin Clarke, Nick Ferguson and Tahj Staveskie, all of whom logged in multiple double digit scoring games.  We featured Clarke’s immense talent on our website last last week and we caught glimpses of Staveski at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase 2 weeks ago.

In addition to their championship run last weekend, the Rebels finished 5-1 at session 1 of AAU’s new TBL League in Boyds, Maryland 3 weeks ago, with wins over the Carolina All-Stars (75-65), Metroball DC (65-25), Warriors Elite (60-48) and Maryland’s Finest (forfeit). The Rebels’ lone loss came at the hands of the #6 ranked Ohio Bulldogs (85-55). Garvin Clarke and Nicholas Ferguson led the way for the Rebels.

Earlier this month the Rebels finished 4-1 at the Alex Doody Superstar Showcase with wins over  Youngstown Splash (68-50), Ashland Bombers (70-42) and WV Prep Elite (55-27).  As their lone loss, Ferguson’s team lost in the championship game to #3 ranked SMAC Primetime 67-57. The Rebels will be back in action this weekend as they head south to Columbus for the Buckeye Prep Invitational where they will face their stiffest challenge to date, as many of the top ranked 8th grade teams in the state are in the field (6 of the top 10). Congrats to the Rebels players, coaches and parents for a job well done!

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