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Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Santa Barbara Breakers Professional Basketball team won two games on saturday, May 28, to take back the WCBL crown that denied them in 2010, with a resounding 130-108 semi-final win over the Venice Beach Ninja’s (3rd seeded of 8 teams) and 4 hours later, defeated the West LA Advantage 110-107 in the Championship Game at Santa Barbara High School Gymnasium.

In the earlier semi-final contest, the Advantage came back from a 26 point deficit to defeat the previous undefeated Nationwide Allstars (11-1) 120-115.

The hero’s for the Breakers were MVP Keith Closs who set WCBL and Breaker Alltime Records with 25 rebounds and 13 blocked shots in the semi-final game. He followed this up with 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in the Title game and was supported fully by Tim Taylor’s 31 points, Deon Marcus’s 26 points and the saavy defense of James Powell and Tony Dandridge.

In the Title Game, the Breakers trailed early 23-16 but got the transitional game ignited with the inserted bench additions of Stan Fletcher and Donald Lee. At the end of the break, it was tied up at 28 apiece.

In the second quarter, the fastbreak tempo continued for the Breakers behind Powell’s 9 and Marcus’s 11 points, respectively. With the aid of Closs’s patrolling of the paint, the Breakers gained a 61-46 until the

Advantage finished the quarter off with a 7-0 run, resulting in a Breakers 61-53 lead at halftime.

The third quarter witnessed the Breakers unleashing another “tsunami attack” with the transitional game behind the smaller lineup of Taylor, Powell, Fletcher, Dandridge and Closs. This produced a 80-63 lead.

But, like their previous game character, the Advantage staged a monolith defense, hit transitional 3′s and when the dust cleared, the Breakers were holding on to a precious lead of 86-80 at the end of 3 quarters.

The Breakers re-built their lead to 11 points in the 4th and final frame but gutsy play by the Advantage notted the game up at 105-105 with 40 seconds to play. An off balance 13 footer on the right wing produced a 2 point lead and off a missed jumper, Tim Taylor secured the defensive rebound and was fouled excessively by Jushay Rockett of the West LA. James Powell sank the technical free throw and Taylor hit both of his charity shots for a 110-105 lead. David Vik, 6’11 center for West LA, hit a quick bucket with 2.0 seconds to play. And just to keep the suspense and drama alive, the inbounds pass was deflected off a Breakers fingertips and the Advantage had the ball back for a possible 3 point shot attempt and tie. Fortunately for the Breakers, Vik’s deep 3 pointer over the outstretched hands of James Powell was short and the Breakers recorded their 3rd WCBL title in 4 years.

All WCBL Tournament selections, besides Closs’s MVP award, went to Tim Taylor and Deon Marcus. Additional WCBL All-League Awards will be announced on June 3.

Scheduled next for the Breakers is a Tour to Germany in September and their annual Fall excursion to China.

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Santa Barbara Breakers 130 Venice Beach Ninja’s 108 Semi-final Game

Moses Marbury 23 points 10 assists 3 steals

Keith Closs 23 points 25 rebounds 13 block shots

Donald Lee 23 points 14 rebounds

Tim Taylor 19 points 7 rebounds 5 assists

Deon Marcus 17 points 6 rebounds

James Powell 11 points 6 assists 2 steals

Tony Dandridge 10 points 4 rebounds


Santa Barbara Breakers 110 West LA Advantage 107 WCBL Championship Game

Tim Taylor 31 points 9 rebounds 4 assists 2 steals 2 blocks

Deon Marcus 26 points 4 rebounds

James Powell 12 points 4 assists

Stan Fletcher 10 points 5 rebounds 4 assists 3 steals

Donald Lee 9 points 7 rebounds 2 steals

Keith Closs 8 points 12 rebounds 6 block shots

Moses Marbury 6 points 7 assists 2 steals


Santa Barbara Breakers Basketball

Friday, March 25th, 2011

logo 300 Santa Barbara Breakers BasketballA monumental opportunity has arisen as the Santa Barbara Breakers announce an agreement to play 3 games versus the Korean National Team in Las Vegas.

The games will be played July 8-9th and July 17th while the NBA is conducting their Las Vegas Summer League, with 21 NBA teams competing during the 2 week event.

Breakers President Curt Pickering stated, “I was elated to receive a call from the NBA asking us to assist in providing games for the Korean National Team. We may not offer quite the level of talent that the NBA teams will be provide versus Korea but we will be competitive and our additional goal is to establish a great relationship with the Korean Government, Basketball Federation, Coaches and Players. Hopefully, one day in the near future, we can bring the Korean National Team to our great city of Santa Barbara and al low them to experience the beautiful people and scenery of our “Jewel on the Pacific Coast.”

Workouts are being held in Los Angeles to finalize the Breakers team roster for the 3 games. The team will travel to Las Vegas on July 7th in preparation for the games.

Breakers season opens as Tournament Champions, Taylor named MVP

Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Tim Taylor

The Santa Barbara Breakers were victorious in claiming the “Who’s Next” Classic Basketball Tournament held over the weekend in Lynwood, California. Ten teams competed during the two-day event. Three teams from the WCBL (West Coast Pro Basketball League) entered the tournament and finished 1st (Breakers); 3rd (Nation Wide All-Stars) and 4th (Marina Del Rey Advantage).

The Breakers had an easy time in game one, trouncing the Hollywood Aztecs 122-61. The Breakers were led by Tim Taylors 29 points. Tree Small (6’8 forward) chipped in with 21 points/12 rebounds and UCSB grad James Powell added 19. Top rebounder for the Breakers with16 was 6’9 power forward Sam Ikwe (U. of Manila).

In game two, the Breakers battled new WCBL-entry foe Nation Wide All-Stars throughout the contest, trailing 48-42 at the half. NW launched continuous 3 pointers, coupled with great penetration to the hole and maintained a nine point lead in the second half. The Breakers closed it to 76-74 but was unable to tie the game, losing 82-78. Tim Taylor was the leading scorer with 23 points while Tree Small led in rebounds with 11.

Moving to the Loser’s Bracket, the Breakers faced Team Say No and quickly jumped out to an eight point lead in the first quarter. Say No’s outside shooting kept them within firing distance and the score with the Breakers up 21-17 mid way through the period. In the second frame, Tim Taylor and Deon Marcus (6’8 Arizona State) ignited the Breakers offense with their three point shooting, keeping SB slightly ahead as the teams headed into intermission.

In the second half, the Breakers extended their lead to 14 points, yet never able to put the final nail in the coffin until the final minutes of play. The final score was Breakers 103, Say No 89. Taylor was once again the leading scorer with 26; Deon Marcus 19; Tree Small 17; James Powell 16; and 7’1 Center Rashid Byrd 11. Byrd also led in rebounds and blocked shots with 11 and 5, respectively.

The Breakers next opponent was WCBL brethren, Marina Del Rey Advantage. The game was a slugfest from start to finish. By halftime the Advantage had built eight point lead. The Breakers were backpedaling until Deon Marcus and Tim Taylor took the reins of the game with their transitional scoring. The Advantage was leading late in the game and the Breakers intensity pick up, as well as the physical defensive play by both teams. The end of regulation poetically resulted in the game being tied at 72 all.

In the overtime period, Tim Taylor’s three pointer at the top of the key broke the backs of the Advantage in the final minute of play. Jushay Rockett lifted a three point attempt from half court as time expired and the ball bounced off the left side of the rim. The victorious Breakers won 81-78. Top scorer’s were Marcus’s 20; Taylor’s 18; Byrd’s 12; Small’s 11 and Powell’s 10.

With the win over the Advantage, the Breakers moved into the Championship Game and were playing their unheard of, fourth game of the day. Ignoring fatigue, the Breakers jumped out to an 11-0 lead until the Pasadena Slam changed the game with hard, physical fouls in the paint and on the perimeter.

The game slowed down and settled into a methodical half court style contest. The Breakers led 21-17 midway through the first period and held a 38-34 at halftime lead.

The Breakers started showing their “stamina wear” when they were outscored 20-14, but the shot blocking and rebounding of Rashid Byrd; the offensive scoring of Deon Marcus and Tim Taylor, the Breakers stayed within two points throughout the final period.

Sam Ikwe provided additional scoring punch with three big baseline jumpers in the final period. Following two game tying free throws by Taylor, the Breakers came up with huge defensive stop. The key play was Rashid Byrd’s offensive rebound and finding UCSB Gaucho alum James Powell on an overhead pass for an open outside the three pointer on the right side of the court with eight seconds remaining in the game.

Following the last timeout, the Slam had two great opportunities to tie the game as time expired but both shots fell short. The latter attempt was shot by former Utah Jazz great and LA Laker, Byron Russell. With that miss, the Santa Barbara Breakers celebrated as they were crowned champions of the tournament.

Among the 120 plus players in the tournament, the Breaker’s superstar and all-time leading scorer, Tim Taylor, was named MVP. Taylor, who had just returned from a seven month playing opportunity in Beijing, China, led all scorer’s in the Tournament with 113 points in the contest (5 games). Also named to the First Team were Breakers Rashid Byrd and Deon Marcus.

The Breakers (6-1) will now gear up for the WCBL’s Black History Tournament, which will be held in February in Los Angeles, California.

Breakers Sign 3 players for 2011 Season

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The Santa Barbara Breakers have signed 3 players for the upcoming 2011 basketball season. Dante Hunter, a 6’3 point guard from Compton, California has agreed to play with the Breakers after being employed in Peru, Honduras and Columbia the past 2 years. He is a 2008 graduate of University of Purdue at Calumette in Gary, Indiana. Hunter averaged 16.3 points per game; 7.2 assists during his most recent stint in Columbia. He will begin play with the team this weekend.

Terrance Worthy, 6’0 guard is a 2010 graduate of Concordia University of Irvine, California. Worthy has played on several tour teams but this will be his first opportunity with a professional team. He is expected to give the Breakers an up-tempo style of play with his outstanding quickness, ballhandling and playmaking abilities.

Sam Ikwe, a 2008 graduate of University of Manilla, Philippines will also be playing in the Lynwood Classic this weekend. Ikwe brings great inside presence at both ends of the floor. The 6’9, 255 pounder will be counted on for rebounding and shoring up the Breakers post defense; something they have lacked at the power forward position in 2010.

The Breakers will be participating in the Lynwood Classic this weekend in Los Angeles with their first games of the year this Saturday evening followed with two games on Sunday.

Bball Breakers Sign 3 players for 2011 Season

Breakers Win Black History Tournament!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

homepic11 Breakers Win Black History Tournament!The Santa Barbara Breakers repeated as the WCBL Black History Classic champions by defeating the West Los Angeles Advantage 101-98 in dramatic fashion.

This roller coaster of a game started with the Breakers trailing by 13 points in the first period. Breakers fought back with the help of Tim Taylor, the tournament’s leading scorer, who scored a game high 30 points.

The Breakers completed the thriller in the final seconds of the final period. With the score tied 95-95, guard James Powelll received a pass in the corner and swished the three pointer for the lead with seconds remaining. The Advantage made things interesting as they were fouled on a three point attempt with five seconds left in the game.

Advantage player Jamar Cramer stepped up to the line and knocked down the first two free throws but fortunately for the Breakers, missed the game tying free throw. Tournament MVP Jerry Dupree snatched the game winning rebound for the Breakers as time expired. The Breakers were crowned champions of the classic for the second year in a row.

The Breakers also were victorious in their first game of the tournament with a 105-77 win over the Los Angeles Loop.

The Breakers are 8-1 in non-WCBL play and will begin their regular season on March 31 in Torrance, California. Their home opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 2.

Breaker to Bengal…

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Then Breaker, now Bengal, Terrell Owens (TO), a physical specimen, always finds a way to keep himself in shape. This time the Breakers found Owens.

On a Scouting trip, team President Curt Pickering and Director of Operations Sergio Hernandez ran into Terrell Owens in Los Angeles. Owens has always been a basketball aficionado and a gym rat which made it easy for the Breaker executives to enthrall TO with the idea of him playing in Las Vegas for the Breakers. Without hesitation, Owens agreed to partner up and play for the city of Santa Barbara.

Terrell Owens joined the Breakers to face the Korean National team which he contributed 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assist to boost the team past Korea by the score of 89-87. While the Koreans proved to be a sharp shooting team, Owens provided that extra spark on defense to slow them down just enough.

Owens has been on several teams in the NFL, making splashes all over the league. Despite those splashes, none will be bigger for Santa Barbarians than his latest debut as a Breaker. Terrell Owens is a Cincinnati Bengal, but will remain in our hearts forever as a Santa Barbara Breaker.

Breakers Crush Slam!

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Breakers Staff Writter – 5/9/2009

crowd Breakers Crush Slam!The Santa Barbara Breakers continued their winning ways with a convincing 159-104 victory over the Pasadena Slam at Blair Sports Arena in Pasadena, California. The Breakers were red hot from three point land in the first quarter, jumping out to a 33-20 lead after 12 minutes of play. Tim Taylor and Allan Purnell each flushed 3 treys each with 6’11 center Jeremy Vague dishing out 5 assists from the perimeter.

In the second quarter, Zack Fray (36 points, 10 rebounds) demonstrated his “bull in a china store” drives to the hole, scoring inside and hitting 7-8 free throws. The Breakers led 77-54 at halftime. Coming off the bench with great defense and floor general leadership was Leonard Mosely (10 points) and local Santa Barbara resident Tito Mays(12 points 4 assists). Santiago Aguirre continued his quiet, consistent play with 13 points (3-5 trifecta’s), 13 rebounds and 5 assists.

Jeremy Vague recorded his first triple double with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. The Breakers were led by Tim Taylors 37 points (9-13 3′s) while Allan Purnell added 34points. The Slam (1-2) were led by Jason Sanford’s 25 points The Breakers are now 3-0 and return home to take on the Orange County Gladiators (1-1) Saturday, May 2 at 705pm at SBCC Sports Pavilion.

Hoops Coach Records Overlooked 300th Career Win

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Santa Barbara, California -8/11/2008

coach1231538790419 Hoops Coach Records Overlooked 300th Career Win

Curt Pickering

In the aftermath of a perfect 18-0 win-loss season, the Santa Barbara Breakers Head Coach Curt Pickering notched his 300th career coaching victory on May 31, 2008 when the Breakers beat the Ventura Jets 113-108 at Santa Barbara City Sports Pavilion. The win raised the Breakers record to 13-0 with the closely matched game, which saw the Jets lead in the game 101-99 with 4:31 time remaining in the 4th quarter. Thanks to 7 Breakers players hitting double figures in the scoring column, the red, white, blue and gold outscored the Jets 14-7 during crunch time for the final tally.

Pickering began his coaching career at the collegiate level, recording an 89-108 record during 10 years of service. He then moved on to the professional ranks, helping BK Kbosterneuburg win the Austrian Basketball Association Championship in 1986 with 41-9 record. His team competed in the European Cup, equivalent to the NBA Finals, against such notables as Vlade Divac, former LA Lakers Star and Drazen Petrovic of the Portland Trailblazers. Petrovic and Pickering reunited 2 years later when Pickering accepted a scouting position with the New Jersey Nets and Petrovic was traded from the Blazers to the Nets. Pickering continued his Vagabond tour with several coaching stints in the minor leagues, honing his skills in Biloxi, Mississippi (CBA); Winnipeg, Canada (IBA); and Clearwater, Florida (USBL) until settling in Santa Barbara, California, thanks to long time Los Angeles Lakers icon and Santa Barbara resident, Bill Bertka.

Pickering architectured the Santa Barbara Islanders, a CBA franchise, serving as General Manager and Director of the Player Personnel. The Islanders still hold the CBA all-time record for the most wins by an expansion team (37-19) and highest scoring average per game, 123.6. The club also sent 10 Islanders back to the NBA for playing opportunities during the 1989-91 seasons.

Following championships as Head Coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1991) in the NBA summer pro league and Kazma Club of Kuwait (1993), Pickering made final international stops in Dubai, VAE; Bahrain; Philippines; and Venezuela before re-settling down in Santa Barbara in 1997 to create the Montecito Basketball Academy, a weekly program for youths, ages 4-15. The academy has serviced over 8,000 individuals focusing on self-esteem and the fundamental skills of the games.

For the past two years, Pickering has re-directed his attention at the professional level owning and coaching the Santa Barbara Breakers, an upstart minor league franchise. The team has amassed 17-6 and 18-0 records (35-6) and won the West Coast Pro Basketball league (WCBL) championship this past June. The Breaker will continue their trek in September when the travel to China for a 10 game tour.

All in all 30 years of coaching has resulted in a 306-190 overall win loss record; 4 championships; coaching 5 NBA head coaches when they were players: Rick Carbisle, Nate Mcmillan, Byron Scott, Isiah Thomas, Reggie Theus; as well as over 100 other NBA players Reggie Miller and Dominique Wilkins, to name a few.

Collegiate Record 89-108

USA Minor leagues 90-38

International Clubs 127-44