The Santa Barbara Breakers Professional Basketball team won two games on saturday, May 28, to take back the WCBL crown that denied them in 2010, with a resounding 130-108 semi-final win over the Venice Beach Ninja's (3rd seeded of 8 teams) and 4 hours later, defeated the West LA Advantage 110-107 in the Championship Game at Santa Barbara High School Gymnasium. In the earlier semi-final contest, the Advantage came back from a 26 point deficit to defeat the previous undefeated Nationwide Allstars (11-1) 120-115. The hero's for the Breakers were MVP Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who set WCBL and Breaker Alltime Records with 25 rebounds and 13 blocked shots in the semi-final game. He followed this up with 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in the Title game and was supported fully by Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) 's 31 points, Deon Marcus (6'8''-F-84) 's 26 points and the saavy defense of James Powell (6'2''-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) and Anthony Danridge (6'5''-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico). In the Title Game, the Breakers trailed early 23-16 but got the transitional game ignited with the inserted bench additions of Stan Fletcher (6'4''-G-80, college: Moorpark CC) and Donald Lee (6'6''-F). At the end of the break, it was tied up at 28 apiece In the second quarter, the fastbreak tempo continued for the Breakers behind Powell's 9 and Marcus's 11 points, respectively. With the aid of Closs's patrolling of the paint, the Breakers gained a 61-46 until the Advantage finished the quarter off with a 7-0 run, resulting in a Breakers 61-53 lead at halftime. The third quarter witnessed the Breakers unleashing another 'tsunami attack' with the transitional game behind the smaller lineup of Taylor, Powell, Fletcher, Dandridge and Closs. This produced a 80-63 lead. But, like their previous game character, the Advantage staged a monolith defense, hit transitional 3's and when the dust cleared, the Breakers were holding on to a precious lead of 86-80 at the end of 3 quarters. The Breakers re-built their lead to 11 points in the 4th and final frame but gutsy play by the Advantage notted the game up at 105-105 with 40 seconds to play. An off balance 13 footer on the right wing produced a 2 point lead and off a missed jumper, Tim Taylor secured the defensive rebound and was fouled excessively by Jushey Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) of the West LA. James Powell sank the technical free throw and Taylor hit both of his charity shots for a 110-105 lead. David Vik (6'11''-C-72, college: Washington St.), 6'11 center for West LA, hit a quick bucket with 2.0 seconds to play. And just to keep the suspense and drama alive, the inbounds pass was deflected off a Breakers fingertips and the Advantage had the ball back for a possible 3 point shot attempt and tie. Fortunately for the Breakers, Vik's deep 3 pointer over the outstretched hands of James Powell was short and the Breakers recorded their 3rd WCBL title in 4 years. All WCBL Tournament selections, besides Keith Closs 's MVP award, went to Tim Taylor and Deon Marcus. Additional WCBL All-League Awards will be announced on June 3.
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 - 5 Years ago
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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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