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title icon BREAKERS ANNOUNCE HOME SCHEDULE, LOWER TICKET

Dave Loveton – 3/18/2008

The Santa Barbara Breakers will start their second pro basketball season with a plethora of fresh features — a new league, new rules, new faces and newly reduced ticket prices.

Thirteen of the Breakers’ 20 games will be played at SBCC’s Sports Pavilion, starting with the weekend of April 11-12 against the Newport Beach Surf and Hollywood Shooting Stars. All home games begin at 7:05 p.m. Eight teams will comprise the new West Coast Pro Basketball League, along with several others from the American Basketball Association, which completes its season this month.

Tickets will be reduced by roughly 20 percent this year with general admission priced at $20 for adults, $12 for seniors (55-and-over) and students; and $8 for children 10 and under. VIP courtside seats are available for $200, $125 and $75. To purchase tickets, call 685-5600. To keep up on all Breaker news, visit santabarbarabasketball.com.

Rule changes include a 23-second shot clock (one more than last year), eight seconds to get the ball over the halfcourt line and the “Oop Play,” which awards three points for a lob pass from inside halfcourt (and outside the 3-point line) that leads to a dunk by a player who takes off from outside the key.

“I thought our ticket prices were reasonable last year but I made a decision to create even more affordable prices for our fans,” said Curt Pickering, the Breakers’ owner and head coach. “There will be no assigned seating for general admission this year, so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. People might want to get to the games a little earlier to get the prime seats. People who buy season tickets will get reserved, prime locations.

The Breakers are coming off a stellar rookie campaign that produced a 17-6 record and a runner-up finish in the Western Division playoffs. With a lineup that featured ex-NBA players Toby Bailey, Fred Vinson, Samaki Walker and Lamond Murray, they averaged more than 133 points a game and attracted nearly 3,500 fans for their final two home games. The last regular-season game at SBCC, which was televised by Cox 8, drew a sellout crowd of 2,002.

Bailey averaged 24.8 points and nearly eight rebounds in 2007 while Vinson, now the shooting coach for the L.A. Clippers, set a league record with 15 3-pointers in a single game.

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2008 SB BREAKERS HOME SCHEDULE

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All home games at SBCC Sports Pavilion

Date Opponent

Friday, April 11 ………………. Newport Beach, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 12 …………… Hollywood, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 19 …………… Carlsbad, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 26 …………… Pasadena, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 ……………… Ventura, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, May 9 …………………. Hollywood, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 10 ……………. Pasadena, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, May 30 ……………….. High Desert, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 31 ……………. Newport Beach, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 7 …………….. High Desert, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, June 15 …………….. Ventura, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, June 20 ………………. 8-team Playoff Tournament

Saturday, June 21 ………….. League Championship
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