League Staff Writter – 6/23/2009
The Santa Barbara Breakers remained steadfast in winning a 48 minute battle 127-118 over the Newport Beach Surf and repeating as West Coast Pro Basketball League Champions for 2009.
Despite the loss of 2008 MVP Josh Merrill, out of the country with previous committments, the Breaker fans witnessed other Breaker players stepping up their game to the next level. Earning 2009 MVP awards was 6’8 Long Beach State graduate, Mark Dawson, who garnered 51 points 19 rebounds for the two playoff games. Dawson also set a WCBL record shooting 14-14 from 2 point range in the championship contest and was unstoppable on the offensive boards and often leading the way on the offensive fastbreak opportunities.
Also contributing heavily for the Breakers in the two games was 6’3 combo guard Tim Taylor’s 35 points; Mark Peter’s 34 points and 11 assists; Jeremy Vague’s 29 points, 6 blocked shots, 24 rebounds and the tenacious defense and 27 points tallied by 6’6 (second coming of Lakers great Michael Cooper) Leonard Mosley.
Helping “lubricate” the Breaker machine, as he has done all season long, was 6’8 forward Sant Aguirre with 19 rebounds, 7 assists and two timely 3pointers late in the second half which propelled the Breakers during the back and forth, fierce encounter against the Surf (11-6).
The Breakers (13-3) will now take a 2 month break before participating in the Santa Barbara “High Flyin Fiesta” Classic, which will be played during Santa Barbara’s long traditional Old Spanish Days Events.
Four teams from the Bay Area and three teams from the Los Angeles area have committed to the 3 day (Fri-Sat-Sun) affair.
Later this week, the WCBL will be announcing Player, Coach and Executive Awards for the 2009 Season just completed.
This information will also be available by logging on to http://www.westcoastprobasketball.com