Breaker Media Staff – 4/19/2009
The Santa Barbara Breakers begin their 3rd basketball season friday, April 17 against the Beijing Aoshen Olympian’s in Rosemead, California.
The Breakers are coming off a magnificent 18-0 season, conquered the West Coast Pro Basketball League Championship and was rewarded with two tours to China in the fall of 2008, compliments of the Chinese Government.
Having won 29 of their last 30 contests, the Breakers will meet head on with the Olympians, which figures to be a very physical yet fast-paced game. Beijing can insert 7 footers on the frontline, go with the league’s leading scorer at the small forward position and unleash the offensive guards in Americans Sheldon Pace (28 ppg) and Tyree Jones (22 ppg).
The Breakers return 7’1 Rashid Byrd, MVP Josh Merrill, point guards Shantay Legans and Mark Peters, shooting guards Allan Purnell and Tim Taylor. Added to the mix for the season opener is 6’6 Zack Fray, 6’7 Jerry Dupree, who was injured last season, requiring surgery to his right knee and 6’8 Albert Strickland. Rounding out the roster is 6’10 Trey Townsend and 6’4 Rob Haines.
The Breakers have received word that Montecito resident and recent graduate Taylor Rochestie 6’2 point guard from Washington State may play in some games this season. Rochestie is projected to eventually play professionally overseas in the fall of 2009. Ticket prices for the opener on Saturday, April 25 is $12 for adults and $6 for students. Game time is 705pm at SBCC Sports Pavilion and the opponent will once again be Beijing.
For further information, log on to breakersbasketball.com or westcoastprobasketball.
Breakers office number is 969-7542.