Another exciting season of Santa Barbara Breakers Basketball is almost over, and the Breakers looked primed and ready to storm through the playoffs of the newly formed West Coast Pro Basketball League (WCBL) and take the title. Eleven games into the season, the Breakers have an outstanding 11-0 record. Led by Owner/Coach Curt Pickering, the Breakers will take their chances at an undefeated season.
For 2008 the Breakers have many new faces that were not part of the team’s inaugural season, but along with the returning players Tyler Newton, Allan Purnell, Rashid Byrd, Shantay Legins, Justin Johnson, and Sheldon Bailey, the Breakers still dominate on the court scoring on average 118 points per game.
Assistant coach/player Josh Merrill leads the team in both his scoring (20.7) and his leadership abilities on the court. Returning player Rashid Byrd, many of whom may know him for his supporting role in the hit Will Ferrell movie Semi-Pro, leads the team in blocks (4.3), and his dominant defense is one reason the Breakers outscore their opponents by over 17 points per game.
The Breakers three point attack is lead by Justin Johnson, Allan Purnell, and Tim Taylor who have combined for
Point guard Shantay Legins, the charismatic leader from Dos Pueblos High School, even made it on to Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays for a behind the back half court shot at the buzzer.
After last year’s impressive 17-6 record in the International Basketball League (IBL), the Breakers decided to play a bit closer to home. As founding members of the WCBL, the Breakers have been at the forefront of the minor league basketball movement in Southern California. The league is highlighted by strong and up and com
Scouts from the LA Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, and Atlanta Hawks have been in attendance at WCBL league games this season.
63 three-pointers this season. Tim Taylor flushed nine threes, a WCBL record, in one game against the Newport Beach Surf. Returning fan favorite Tyler Newton is one of the most versatile players on the team and has contributed greatly to rebounding as well as outside shooting and penetrating to the basket. ing teams with many NBA connections. Former NBA player Tony Farmer, five years of NBA experience, now plays in the WCBL for the Pasadena Slam. Former AND 1 players Robin Kennedy, Jermaine Small, and Larry Williams also don uniforms in WCBL.The inaugural season of WCBL ends with all eight teams competing in a playoff. The first round is held in Los Angeles and Ventura on June 19th. The final four then come to Santa Barbara City College to play in the semis on June 20th and the championship game on June21st. Both games are at 7:05 p.m.
For all those who can, try and get out to the final three regular season homes game: Friday, May 30th vs. the
High Desert Rattler; Saturday, May 31st vs the Ventura Jets; Saturday, June 7th vs the High Desert Rattlers. All games tip off at 7:05 p.m. at SBCC.