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A Perfect Weekend for the Tampa Bay Titans

Entering Week 5 of the TBL season at 2-5, the Tampa Bay Titans were on the brink of needing to enter Desperation Mode. Their Friday night matchup with Carolina offered the Titans an opportunity not only to avenge a 124-107 Week 4 loss precipitated by a fourth quarter collapse, but a chance to alter the direction of their season on the whole. Fortunately for Tampa and their faithful fans, Terry Winn and Tray Boyd III both topped the 30-point mark and the Titans overcame a torrid late comeback by Carolina to muster a 134-127 OT win.

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A Tough Weekend for the Titans

The Tampa Bay Titans entered their Week 8 matchups with Atlanta and Gulf Coast riding a three-game winning streak and boasting their first winning record of the season. In the Friday night road game against the Empire, 30 points from Bassel Harfouch wouldn’t be enough to extend the winning streak to four, as Tampa fell to Atlanta 100-94.

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Harfouch Nears Triple-Double but Titans Fall to Carolina

Early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s matchup with Carolina, Tampa’s Bassel Harfouch drove left, jump-stopped and put in a silky finger-roll to bring the Titans within two at 89-87. Unfortunately for Tampa, that’s as close as they would get. The visitors turned up the defensive pressure in the closing period en route to a 124-107 Carolina win. The loss dropped Tampa to 2-5 and marked their first double-digit loss of the 2021 TBL campaign.

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Interview With Bassel Harfouch, Star Player and Owner of the Tampa Bay Titans

At 27-years old, Harfouch, a Tampa native who played his college ball at Alcorn St., is that rare sort of person who is driven equally by lofty aspirations and altruism. Harfouch signed a D-League contract after college, but wound up playing briefly for a team in Lebanon before returning home to Tampa to become player-owner of the Titans, one of 29 teams currently competing in the up-start TBL.

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Tampa Goes Splitsies During Week 6 Road Trip

Tampa kicked off their Week 6 road trip with a visit to Raleigh, NC to face the Firebirds. Despite 31 points from Terry Winn, on 12-22 shooting, including 4-8 from downtown, Raleigh came up with the 126-113 win behind 27 points from Jamel McAllister. The loss dropped the Titans to 4-6 on the season with a visit to ATL just 48 hours in the distance.

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The Raptors Are New to Tampa’s Basketball Scene. The Titans Aren’t

Bassel Harfouch was excited when he heard that the Toronto Raptors were relocating to Tampa, Fla., for an indefinite chunk of the N.B.A. season.
“Maybe we can tap into some of the fans that get interested in the Raptors,” Harfouch said, “and kind of tell them, ‘Hey, when they’re gone, we’ll still be here.’”

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Two Titanic Wins Get Tampa Over .500

If Tampa wanted to keep pace with top teams in the East, they desperately needed two good showings this past weekend. And that is just what they got. Several times this season, Bassel Harfouch had flirted with a triple-double. In Friday’s matchup with Gulf Coast, he stuffed the stat sheet with 25-10-12 to go along with three steals and a block in a 129-122 home win. Tray Boyd III continued hot scoring as he topped the 20-point mark for the third straight contest, pouring in a game-high 33.

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