The unbeaten Santa Barbara Breakers (6-0 in the WCBL) look to maintain their perfect record at home this weekend as they welcome two familiar foes, playing the Hollywood Shooting Stars on Friday followed by the Pasadena Slam on Saturday.
“Both teams have added several new players since we last played,” Breakers Head Coach Curt Pickering said. “We might have beaten them last time, but they are coming in with much greater talent than before.”
The Shooting Stars (0-1 in the WCBL) in particular have revamped their roster, adding former CBA forward Derek Gregory from the Yakima Sun Kings, along with former IBL guard Harry Lum. On top of Gregory and Lum, Hollywood has also attained former Breaker forward Johnnie Parker, who was traded for a player to be named by Pickering. Parker averaged six points and five rebounds in two games this season in a Santa Barbara uniform. The Stars will undoubtedly need contributions from all of their players in support of team scoring leader Tawaris Gilbert if they wish to compete with a Breakers team that dominated them in a 19-point victory earlier this season.
The Slam (1-1 in the WCBL) come into Saturday’s game with a lot of momentum coming off their most recent 95-90 overtime win against the Newport Beach Surf. Pasadena gave Santa Barbara a serious test in their match-up two weekends ago, battling back and forth with the Breakers before letting things slip away in the fourth quarter, falling 124-112. The Slam are led by versatile guards Robin “Syk Wit It” Kennedy and Horace Wormely II, along with former Golden State Warrior forward Tony Farmer who led the team with 27 points in their loss to the Breakers.
Despite their early success in the 16-game long West Coast Pro Basketball League season, the Breakers will need to continue their balanced team attack if they wish to take down two tough opponents in their pursuit of perfection. Tip-off for both games is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Santa Barbara City College Sports Pavilion. For everything Breakers, visit their website at www.santabarabasketball.com or call the Breakers office at (805) 685-5600.