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Santa Barbara Breakers win WCBL crown - Jun 2, 2011


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GIANNI PASCUCCI
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Keith Closs
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.
  



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WCBL Standings
 1. Hollywood 0-0 
 2. LA Team Macleem 0-0 
 3. Malibu B. 0-0 
 4. North Hollywood T. 0-0 
 5. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 6. Santa Monica J. 0-0 
 7. Venice Beach W. 0-0 
Points Per Game
 1 B. Townes, LAD30.0 
 2 F. Session, AGO27.7 
 3 B. Fields, NHO27.0 
 4 Tim Taylor, SBA23.0 
 5 M. Campbell, SBA22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 1 Donald Lee, LAU13.3 
 2 Zach Puchtel, NEB11.0 
 3 S. Bailey, AGO9.6 
 4 David Vik, NEB8.7 
 5 Van Girard, NEB8.0 
Assists Per Game
 1 Will Funn, SBA8.2 
 2 F. Session, AGO8.0 
 3 B. Townes, LAD7.1 
 4 Kenny Wright, VEB6.5 
 5 G. Anderson, SBA6.1 
Steals Per Game
 1 B. Townes, LAD4.9spg 
 2 F. Session, AGO3.9spg 
 3 Tim Taylor, SBA3.3spg 
 4 Larry Dew, SBA3.0spg 
 5 M. Hernandez, SMO2.9spg 
Blocks Per Game
 1 A. Okosun, SMO4.0 
 2 S. Johnson, SMO2.8 
 3 M. Campbell, SBA2.5 
 4 Chris Powell, SBA2.5 
 5 Isaac Jones, SBA2.3 
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