Los Angeles Buzz coach Burrell Lee said that Pickering abruptly shortened the season's length, initially disqualified the second-place Los Angeles Buzz from playoff contention without provocation, and will use illegal players in the postseason.
'I've never seen anything like this before where you remove the number two,' Lee said. 'He took us out because he didn't want to play us.'
Lee claims that Pickering wanted to disqualify the Los Angeles Buzz (8-3) because he wanted the Santa Barbara Breakers (5-5) to essentially get an automatic trip to the WCBL championship game.
Pickering vehemently denied any claims that the Los Angeles Buzz had been disqualified.
'They qualified, they're eligible and they are supposed to play,' Pickering said.
Pickering said that the reason the Los Angeles Buzz didn't get a bye is because the Santa Barbara Breakers are hosting the tournament and must therefore play at least one game in the semifinals.
Pickering compared this year's setup to the way the NBA seeds division leaders above teams with higher records if they are not on top of their division.
'I have an element in this league that I've never had,' Pickering said. 'We've always had camaraderie and that person lives 100 miles south and he's trying to damage the good of what's been going on. He's trying to destroy the good of basketball in Santa Barbara.'
Lee also claims that Pickering moved up the playoffs to this weekend so that the Los Angeles Buzz would be without the services of Vincent Camper (6'3''-G-85, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles), who's visiting his fiance in Utah, and possibly without guard M''Jumbe Williams.. This would essentially take L.A.'s two best players out of the lineup, Lee said.
Pickering dismissed the claim, saying that it was absolutely absurd that he would change the entire playoff format because of another player's travel plans.
Pickering said that the playoffs were rescheduled at Lee's request because the Los Angeles Buzz are in three different leagues and that their players are starting to feel fatigued.
'His players are getting tired because they have to play in so many games,' Pickering said.
Lee also accused Pickering reporting false statistics so that he can fiddle with the official score sheets and thereby add players who haven't actually played in the regular season.
'I want to see who's on that court,' Lee said. 'I want to catch him in the act.'
Pickering - who said he will not dress a player in the playoffs who hasn't played a regular season game - countered by saying that Lee is the one who wants to use extra players.
'Burrell is upset because he says that he's going to lose his one player, Vincent Camper who's going to see his girlfriend in Utah, but he wants to add players,' Pickering said.
Despite his accusations, Lee decided not to withdraw from the tournament in hopes of playing Newport Beach Surf in Sunday's finals.
'I just want to see the look on his face when he has to pay Sunday for two teams to play and his team isn't one of them,' Lee said.
The Santa Barbara Breakers toured China on a 10 game schedule. This is the 10th tour to China for the organization; the first conducted in 2008. This journey began on September 10th and ended October 2nd [read more]
The Santa Barbara Breakers toured China on a 10 game schedule. This is the 10th tour to China for the organization; the first conducted in 2008. This journey began on September 10th and ended October 2nd. See here down a summary of all the games played:
Game 1 September 13, 2013: SBBreakers 54 - Holland Apollo Amsterdam 60 Game 2 September 15, 2013: SBBreakers 74 - Tian Jin Rong Gang (CBA) 79 Game 3 September 18, 2013: SBBreakers 65 - Holland Apollo Amsterdam 70 Game 4 September 19, 2013: SBBreakers 105 - Jiangsu Lions 93 Game 5 September 20, 2013: SBBreakers 65 - Argentina Bahia Blanca 78 Game 6 September 21, 2013: SBBreakers 70 - Jiangsu Lions 92 Game 7 September 22, 2013: SBBreakers 68 - Holland Apollo Amsterdam 57 Game 8 September 27, 2013: SBBreakers 66 - Bahia Blanca of Argentina 75 Game 9 September 29, 2013: SBBreakers 78 - Bahia Blanca 82 Game 10 September 30, 2013: SBBreakers 63 - Bahia Blanca 79
Curt Pickering has just informed Usbasket.com that five moths ago the 2013 WCBL season ended with another win of his Santa Barbara Breakers team.
The WCBL started its regular season earlyer this year, in late February, because league officials were able to obtain a good gym in Los Angeles, something that is always a challenge [read more]
Curt Pickering has just informed Usbasket.com that five moths ago the 2013 WCBL season ended with another win of his Santa Barbara Breakers team. The WCBL started its regular season earlyer this year, in late February, because league officials were able to obtain a good gym in Los Angeles, something that is always a challenge. In consequence, the eight teams registered srtarted the playoff phas ein March and the decisive game had been played on Sunday, March 31, 2013 In this WCBL Championsho Game, the Breakers defeated the Venice Beach Warriors 94-91. The Warriors held an 86-83 lead with just under 3 minutes to play in the game. Gerard Anderson (6'6''-F-87, college: CS Fullerton) provided the clutch drive to the basket from the left side and was fouled. He converted the free throw to tie the game and the Breakers finished out the game on a 8-5 run to claim the Crown. During that final run, Larry Dew (6'1"-G) came up with two steals, one off an inbounds pass by the Warriors and a second one at the top of the key which produced his own dunk at the other end. Thanks to these actions, he was named Defensive Player of the Game. He garnered 4 steals, 3 assists and 12 points off the bench for the Breakers Game scoring leaders were Anderson with 24 points, followed by William Funn (6'2''-G-82, college: Portland St.) 17 and Malcolm Campbell (6'10''-C-89, college: Warner) 17 The Breakers ended 2013 season undefeated and started preparing their Tour to China.
This down is a summary of the 2013 WCBL Playoffs Quarterfinals #1 SBBreakers defeated #8 HD Rattlers #7 Hollywood upset #2 SM Jump #3 VB Warriors defeated #6 MD Advantage #4 Malibu defeated #5 NB Surf Semifinals #1 SBB defeated #4 Malibu #3 VB Warriors defeated #7 Hollywood Final #1 SBBreakers defeated #3 VB Warriors
Santa Barbara Breakers participated at the International Tournament - Dec 31, 2012
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Santa Barbara Breakers participated at the International Tournament in Holland. The American side finished on the 6th place. KK Bosna beat Santa Barbara Breakers102:96 in the last game. Sarajevo KK Bosna won the first period 28-26 and dominated the second frame. The European team added a 26-17 rally for 11-point advantage at the halftime. Santa Barbara Breakers managed to win the third period 22-18 and reduced to 7 points with 10 minutes to go [read more]
Santa Barbara Breakers participated at the International Tournament in Holland. The American side finished on the 6th place. KK Bosna beat Santa Barbara Breakers102:96 in the last game. Sarajevo KK Bosna won the first period 28-26 and dominated the second frame. The European team added a 26-17 rally for 11-point advantage at the halftime. Santa Barbara Breakers managed to win the third period 22-18 and reduced to 7 points with 10 minutes to go. They also posted a 31-30 rally in the last stanza however could not win the game. Ramo Rizvic (6'7''-F-87) and Ali Demic paced all the winners with 22 points each, while Dino Hodzic (6'3''-PG-90) and Sindis Demic had 18 each. Edin Alispahic followed them with 13 points in a win. Marquis Henderson Wright ended up with 25 points in defeat and Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) notched 22. Michael Shawn Malat, Perrin Rudolphus Johnson and Joshua Warren Crawford delivered 11 points apiece. In Day 2 Siauliai won over Santa Barbara Breakers in Day 2 of the Groninger Basketball Week. The Lithuanian team beat the US representative 108:88 for 1-1 record. Siauliai started strong and took 25-12 lead at the end of the first period. Santa Barbara Breakers however replied with 29-26 and reduced to 51:41 at the halftime. Siauliai continued to dominate the court in the third quarter and after 31-19 answered for all the question about the winner. Santa Barbara Breakers managed to close the game with 28-26 for the final result. Laurynas Samenas top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Papa Dia nailed 18. Saulius Kuzminskas (6'11''-C/F-82, college: California) delivered 15, Lewis Jackson had 14 and Vitali Liutych posted 13. Crawford ended up with 18 point in defeat, while Johnson had 15. Ch.Adams brought 14 and O'Neil scored 11. In Day 1 Al Riyadi overcame Santa Barbara Breakers 88:79. Al Riyadi started the game with 15-13 and posted massive 25-11 surge in the second period. The American team was too far to give up and replied with 27-19 burst in the third period and reduced to 8 points after 30 minutes. Al Riyadi however needed a narrow 29-28 rally to seal the victory. Ahmad Ibrahim top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Ismail Ahmad Abdelmonaim notched 13. Amir Saoud delivered 12, whilst Jean Abdel Nour and Anderson had 9 each. Chase Charles-Thomas Adams ended up with 20 points in defeat and Perrin Rudolphus Johnson as well as Derrick O'Neil brought 14 each. Hondre Brewer delivered 10 points in the losing effort.
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