The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced this week that it has added Long Beach, CA to its growing list of expansion teams for next season. 'Another great addition to the powerful Southern California Division,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Long Beach was a great ABA city prior to the team moving to Bakersfield CA and entering the NBA Development League. And it will be again under the leadership of Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska) and Giovanni Pierce , both of whom have long and distinguished basket ball and business backgrounds - and excellent ABA experience too.' Tony Farmer is a well know veteran basketball player who played in the NBA and Europe for 16 years. He played with the LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors as well as in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Russia and Puerto Rico. He is one of the principals at 'Blacksteet Sports & Entertainment' in which athletes utilize their in-house resources to the highest extend possible and provides them with contract negotiations, career management, legal representation, financial planning, marketing and business management expertise. Tony also has a weekly radio show called 'The Comeback' that features celebrities and athletes. (www.thecomebackshow.com ). 'As an experienced basketball owner, I will oversee the basketball operations - and I know that we will have a very competitive team in one of the ABA's best divisions,' added Farmer. Giovanni Pierce aka 'Coach Gio' is a native of Long beach and an alumni of Saint Anthony's School and Pacific Coast School of Law in Long Beach. He is currently a Corporate Administrator/Compliance Officer at Pacific Pioneer Insurance Company and deals with government agencies like the Department of Insurance in all 50 states and Secretary of State concerning corporate structures and other regulatory requirements. He has been coaching since 1997 including Cahr High School, S & P Basketball. 'The idea of owning an ABA team in Long Beach is a dream come true,' stated Pierce. 'But it is a challenge that Tony and I are looking forward to. Our goal is simple to support and continue mentoring Long Beach city and surrounding city youth, teen and college players. We ate going to be a force to be reckoned with, you can be sure of that.' Farmer and Pierce are now running together the Long Beach Rockets of the WCBL that, according with mr Farmer statements to Usbasket.com, could be the nucleus of the future ABA team with the probable addition of Keith Closs, Juaquin Hawkins, and others. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.
Finals MVP: Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82) of Santa Barbara
Player of the Year: Arnette Hollis (6'5''-G/F-88) of Santa Barbara
Rookie of the Year: Taquan Brown () of Santa Monica J.
Rudy Larusso-Sportsmanship/Inspirtational Player of The Year: Gil Llewellyn (5'11''-G-68) of West LA A.
Sixth Man of the Year: Ron Houston (6'3''-G-87) of Santa Monica J.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Greg Plater (6'1''-G- [read more]
UsBasket.com All-WCBL 1st Team 2012
Finals MVP:Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82) of Santa Barbara Player of the Year:Arnette Hollis (6'5''-G/F-88) of Santa Barbara Rookie of the Year:Taquan Brown () of Santa Monica J. Rudy Larusso-Sportsmanship/Inspirtational Player of The Year:Gil Llewellyn (5'11''-G-68) of West LA A. Sixth Man of the Year:Ron Houston (6'3''-G-87) of Santa Monica J. Most Improved Player of the Year:Greg Plater (6'1''-G-89) of Hollywood Defensive Player of the Year:Greg Somogyi (7'3''-C-89) of Santa Barbara Coach of the Year:Mike Ratliff of Hollywood
The Santa Barbara Breakers survived to win their fourth West Coast Pro Basketball League Championship on Saturday, May 19. Santa Barbara overcome a 5-point deficit entering the final quarter of play to beat the Santa Monica Jump 118-109 to take home the trophy.
It was Santa Barbara's fourth WCBL championship in five years, but Santa Monica put the pressure on in crunch time [read more]
The Santa Barbara Breakers survived to win their fourth West Coast Pro Basketball League Championship on Saturday, May 19. Santa Barbara overcome a 5-point deficit entering the final quarter of play to beat the Santa Monica Jump 118-109 to take home the trophy. It was Santa Barbara's fourth WCBL championship in five years, but Santa Monica put the pressure on in crunch time. The Jump ended the third quarter and began the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run, putting Santa Barbara in a seven-point hole early in the final period. With the game on the line, Stan Fletcher (6'4''-G-80, college: Moorpark CC) stepped up and tallied five consecutive points to get his team back into the game. Fletcher finished with 17 points on 7-9 shooting, with 10 points in the fourth quarter. Just minutes later, Breakers guard Tim Taylor knocked down a 3 to tie the game at 92. Fletcher followed up with a basket to give Santa Barbara its first lead of the final quarter. But Santa Monica wasnt going down easily. With just six minutes remaining, forward Tyquan Brown (6'7''-F, college: Cal Poly Pomona) completed a three point play to retake the lead, 101-100. The Jumps lead was short-lived, though, as Breakers point guard Chris Reaves (6'3''-G-84, college: Chaminade) and Fletcher hit back to back 3s. Reeves, who was playing in his first game with Santa Barbara this season, then completed a three-point play with two minutes remaining to put the Breakers up 111-104 and ensure victory. Santa Barbara finishes the season with a 9-1 record. Reeves led all scorers with 33 points, but balanced scoring was actually the key for the Breakers. Besides Reeves and Fletcher, Greg Somogyi (7'3''-C-89, college: UCSB) tallied a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks. Guard D'Andre Bell (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) led the Jump offensively with 24 points and four assists. Tyquan Brown finished with 22 points, six boards and three blocks. After it's all said and done, Santa Barbara walks away with the trophy looking ahead to future tournaments, next season and possibly some professional careers for several of the Breakers players.
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