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Breakers Staff Writers

The Santa Barbara Breakers are coming down to the stretch drive of their 2008 season but are forced to ride it out MASH style. Like the 1970-80’s tv sitcom, MASH, the Breakers are currently nursing their wounds as they enter the final week and a half, looking for player replacements, due to recent injuries sustained both on and off the court.

The injury bug began April 18 when Jerry Dupree, the most celebrated star, tore the meniscus in his left knee during a Breakers practice. Dupree is due for surgery next week. He was followed by Tyler Newton who suffered a bruised arch in his left foot. Newton, who was averaging 17 points and almost 9 rebounds per game, was put in a “boot” to secure limited weight on the foot, which will require 3-4 weeks of zero basketball activity. The next casualty was Sheldon Bailey, the 6’7 240 pound forward, who tweaked his left knee coming off a layup in the Breakers 125-122 squeaker-win over the High Desert Rattlers on May 30, 2008. Bailey has a slight tear of the meniscus which will require surgery and puts an end to his Breaker 2008 season.

Breaker injuries limited to on-court action? No. Adam Zahn, the newly acquired 6’8 forward who tattooed the Hollywood Shooting Stars for 38 points in his third game as a Breaker, was in a bicycle accident over the past weekend and his on crutches. Reports indicate that he should be ready for the WCBL Playoff Championship Games, which will be held in Santa Barbara, June 20-21.

For Murphy’s Law sake, Jeff McMillian, leading rebounder for the Breakers and in the WCBL, was forced to return to his home in New York City, due to family matters.

These most recent circumstances has forced Coach Curt Pickering to travel the highways of 101 and 405 searching for player replacements. “Their is an abundance of talented players in the Los Angeles area. I am confident that we will locate and sign talented, key individuals who will fit into our team chemistry, even this late in the season.” Pickering added, “We don’t need starting players who require to touch the ball on each offensive possession.”

“We are looking for guys who play at both ends of the floor, put TEAM first and recognize that success has already been established this season (Breakers are 15-0) and that abilities that compliment our current 8 players, will better add to the goal of winning the West Coast Pro Basketball League for 2008.”

For further information about the Breakers and the WCBL Playoff Championship Games, go to www.breakersbasketball.com or call the office at 685-5600.

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