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SANTA BARBARA BREAKERS RE-CLAIM WCBL CROWN

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.

For more details on the Breakers and their Summer Camps, logon to www.breakersbasketball.com or call 969-7542.

BOXSCORES

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

 

Breakers El Repeato WCBL Champions

Friday, March 25th, 2011

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.

Learn further information about this tournament by calling the team office at 969-7542 or logging on to http://www.breakersbasketball.com

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

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 schedule games versus NBDL and ABA teams

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The Santa Barbara Breakers are announcing the scheduling of 3 games for November 2010. On Saturday, November 13 and 14, the Breakers will play the Bakersfield Jam of the NBDL (National Basketball Developmental League) and on Saturday, November 20 they will be traveling to play the San Diego Surf of the ABA (American Basketball Association).

The Jam are now the direct affiliates to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Breakers will play the back-to-back games at the Jam’s home court. President and Head Coach Curt Pickering is elated with these two games. “We continue to increase our relationships with the NBA and NBDL and these games provide the opportunity to build a great connection with the Jam owners and Head Coach Will Voight. We will use these games to give our players continued exposure and who knows, maybe we will see a Breaker player in a Jam uniform later this season.”

Three Breaker players have played for the now defunct Los Angeles D-Fenders, who ceased operations this past summer. Rashid Byrd, Cecil Brown and Jelani McCoy have played for the D-Fenders and 9 other Breaker players have suited up for NBDL teams in the past 4 seasons.

In addition to the NBDL games, the Breakers will play the Surf in San Diego on Saturday, November 20. This will be the first of 4 games that the Breakers will play in the ABA during the 2010-11 campaign.

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 2009 CHINA TOUR FINAL ANALYSIS

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

League Staff Writer – 10/25/2009

Possibly the biggest influence on this tour was the Swine Flu panic that is affecting the media and city officials in China. With all due respect, the SARS epidemic that devastated this country in 2003 has left a deft reminder of reality and fear in the minds of many. So, as games had been scheduled back in April, May and June, this was followed by cancellations. Games 2 and 3 of the 11 game tour were deleted upon our arrival to China on September 14. Promoters Han and Li were on pins and needles throughout the 17 day tour, concerned that more games could be eliminated. Fortunately, they were not but it was always a possibility. Two games also got shuffled around and were later “sandwiched” on the last two days of our tour. These two days had been planned for just relaxing, shopping and sightseeing in the beautiful city of Guangzhou. With 4 games packed in on the final 4 days of the trip, this met one very long flight (6 hours) as well as 2-3 bus trips to and from our hotel to the game sites. Throw in the fact that CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) teams were without their National Players, due to the Asian Games being played and China was beginning the weeklong celebration of their 60th Anniversary, you now had havoc with travel arrangements. The end results were 11 players and 3 team personnel staffers running on fumes. Living out of a suitcase is okay when you are staying in one city for 3-4 days but to be on the run 5 consecutive days, you are now earning your “Road Warrior” membership. All pity put aside, there was three things that kept us going during that 5 day stretch. We all had our health, we were traveling in a beautiful country that we may never see again and we Love the game of Basketball. There was also great bonding amongst the players and coaching staff on those bus trips and train excursions. What a better way to make new friends through the game of basketball in a foreign country. We felt very much a part of the Harlem Globetrotters entertaining fraternity.

Summing up our 2009 China Tour experience, we had a group of gentlemen (players and staff) who were absolute saints in dealing with the unexpected and challenging travel conditions. When you go on a distinct change in diet for 17 days, it can also change your disposition and attitudes; we are talking about the downside or negative demeanor in personalities. Not this time. The Breakers comprised of solid, mentally tough, appreciative individuals who always saw the glass more than half full. Throw in the fact that we were competitive every game night and gave the fans more than their money’s worth and you walk away from this Tour saying, “That was a great experience that I will never forget and I have made some great new friends in the process.”

Basketball is a bi-product for life. It is a vehicle for striving to succeed in life, to wake up each morning motivated, to live each day to it’s fullest. The 40 or 48 minute game is just a miniscule of what the game is all about. Having traveled globally, once again, for the sake of basketball, my words ring true-er each time, “Thank you Dr. Naismith!”

The Santa Barbara Breakers Professional Basketball Team duplicated their 2008 tour

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

League Staff Writer – 10/22/2009

The Santa Barbara Breakers Professional Basketball Team duplicated their 2008 tour to China with another successful journey to the Asian country this past September, 2009. New faces highlighted the 17 day excursion as Coach Curt Pickering searched the US soil for “new blood” in building the 11 man roster. Pickering visited the rich core of basketball in Los Angeles during the spring months but found himself at various Tryout Camps during the summer in Las Vegas, San Diego, Detroit and Ohio. He also spent a large amounts of time on the phone with NBA, NBDL coach’s as well as Internet Video Services which provide game coverage of players competing in high level games.

When the dust settled, the Breaker roster comprised of 3 players from the 2009 WCBL Championship Season: 6’11 265 forward Jeremy Vague; 6’6 180 point guard Leonard Mosley and 6’3 guard Tim Taylor. In addition, the remaining 8 players were 5’11 point guard Dwuan Rice, Pasadena resident and a graduate of Cal State Bakersfield; 6’4 215 big guard Raheem Moss of Cleveland State and presently on the Cleveland Cavaliers radar; 6’5 sharpshooter Chris Keller of Seattle and a graduate of Northwest University; 6’9 lefty Ivan Harris of Ohio State and also a Cavalier project; 6’7 swingman Terrance Thomas of Baylor University and most recently, a star with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBDL; 6’7 swingman Perrin Johnson of Louisville University; 7’0 shot blocker Kenyon Gamble of Tuskegee University and 6’11 265 pounder Bryce McKenzie of Northern Illinois University and most recently a member of the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks organizations. With players leaving from both Los Angeles or Chicago, the 14 member party met in Shanghai on September 18th at 6pm. Accompanying the players was Head Coach Curt Pickering, Assistant Coach/Trainer Patrick Davis and Breakers Media Relations Director Thomas Ruiz. After a light dinner, players and coaches set out walking the streets of the 13 million populated city, searching for next to nothing priced DVD’s, jewelry peddled on the streets by vendors and the normal people watching as hundreds of individuals walked the streets late into the night.

There was another reason to walk the streets that night. Each Breaker member were coming off a 13 hour plane trip as well as a 1 1/2 hour layover in Seoul, South Korea. The flight was pleasant considering the individual DVD screens that each passenger received at their seats, with over 50 movies available to select from but…….13 hours confined to a small seat? For 7 footers, let alone 6’4 in height? So, the best solution for minds “over wired” and bodies tightly coiled, was simple walking and smelling the fresh air of automobile pollution. Yes, Shanghai, unfortunately, suffers from a lack of emission control of their vehicles racing thru the city, black smoke bellowing out the backside of the many trucks and cars that grace the streets. Yet, we were just happy to be “grounded” and walked late into the night, benefiting from our therapeutic exercising.

The following morning, we were treated to a personal Chef who prepared omelettes and pancakes for each of us at the hotel. Then it was off to a 3.5 hour bus trip to the city of Nantong. This is where we met our brethrens, our opposition, our “Washington Generals”, the Brazilian Universities Club Team. They were the reigning Champions of the prestigious Brazil Professional Basketball League. The BBL currently has 3 of its former players suiting up in the NBA. Their 10 man roster carried 2 7 footer plus players and a 6’9 muscular Utah Jazz Carlos Boozer look-a-like. We would be facing them 4 times during the 11 game schedule. We all began “sizing” each other up in the Hotel lobby. After an early dinner, we were off to the arena for our first practice. Due to Ivan Harris arriving 3 days late, due to his passport being mis-placed by our US Postal

Service and Terrance Thomas still in-flight, due to a mix-up by the travel agent in delivering incorrect flight departure times from Dallas, Texas, we were at 9 players for our first practice. Insert 5’9 guard Thomas Ruiz, our beloved Media Director. Ruiz claim to fame was being a member of the Santa Barbara High School basketball team and a serious baller at local gymnasiums 6 days a week. So, we ably ran a 2 hour practice getting to know each other while implementing some simple offense and defensive schemes for our first game, to be played the following night.

Game One proved to be quite interesting as rain was pouring down in sheets as we made our way from the bus into the arena. What we did not expect is for leaks in the roof to spatter directly onto the floor. The arena was a fairly new facility, maybe 20 years in age. Fortunately, with towels spread out on the floor, the downpour ceased 4-5 minutes before tipoff and the towels were removed from the floor. Despite playing against a true team who have been together for many years; some players in their early 30′s and being very, very familiar with their offensive system, the Breakers played like a well-oiled machine of many years and took a 22-19 lead to the bench after one quarter of play. Although the Breakers would build a 16 point lead in the second quarter, Brazil marched their way back to within 3 points but defense was a mainstay for the squad from Santa Barbara and Game One of the 2009 China Tour was a victory, 73-63. Players felt very good about their efforts and the ability to combine their skills, trust their newfound teammates and get showered with fan appreciation after the game. Some 9,000 fans poured onto the floor after the game for autographs and pictures with the USA team. Players happily obliged.

Over the course of the following week, the Breakers were treated to traveling on a Night Train, a 9 hour journey from Nantong to Xinyi. Witnessing 7 footers in bunkbeds designed for Asian 5’5 footers (Muggsy Bogues-esque) was a sight to behold. Yes, we have pictures capturing this Ripley’s Believe it or Not episode. Actually, it was a great bonding time as several players began card games, several watched video’s on laptops while others sipped on beer or orange juice talking about their past basketball experiences. The following afternoon, Breaker members also visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, a treasured museum of art buried deep in the ground only to be discovered by a farmer back in the 1970′s and now coined by Chinese officials as the “8th Wonder of the World”!

Having experienced two tours back in 2008, Pickering and Tim Taylor could not help but compare the diet on this trip in 2009 to the previous ones. Once again, not to be denied, when staying in a 4 star hotel, catered to tourists, a chef was always on hand to personally prepare each members dishes. But……when staying in a 3 star hotels in smaller, remote cities, breakfast was always an experience with toast being the closest item to typical American early morning meals. All other dishes were your basic dinner entrees with cabbage, rice, soup and wings of chicken being served. Adjust, we did. You know the line, when in Rome………….. We also hit the KFC’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Subway and amazingly, 7/11 stores. So, food-wise, we survived and once again, Coach Pickering kept his streak alive by not losing any weight on tours to foreign soil.

GAME TWO VS CHINESE Qingdao Hawks
Breakers won this game 83-74 despite 18 points and 14 rebounds from Oklahoma State graduate and opponent Franz Steinz. Steinz stood a mere 7’2 and tipped the scales at 290. With no body fat present, he was every bit of a “Paul Bunyan” effect on the floor for his team but the Breakers fastbreak offense helped fend off effective half court play by Franz and his Chinese teammates.

GAME THREE vs. Brazil
Facing our brethrens again, in the 3 team/3 day tournament, the Breakers once again held off the Universities Club 82-77, despite trailing 12-3 early in the game. A great second quarter of defense (11 points) by the Breakers generated a 35-28 lead and there was no looking back.

GAME FOUR vs. Bayi Chinese Army Team
Remember Wang Zhi Zhi, who played for the Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers and Miami Heat for 5 years in the NBA? He is now back with the Red Chinese Army Team. They are the Club Team in the CBA, Chinese Professional Basketball League, who has an unlimited budget and obtains the best players money can buy. Boasting 4 National players on the squad and practicing full-time, 12 months a year, Bayi unleashed precisioned basketball at both ends of the floor. It did not hurt that they start a lineup of 7’2, 7’1, 6’10, 6’8 and 6’6. Although the Breakers cut the lead down to 59-55 in the third quarter, this is where the game became 7 on 5 (if you can read between the lines) and the onslaught began. When the rice settled, Bayi had captured an 81-62 victory. Leonard Mosley, point guard for the Breakers, was named to the Tournament All-Star Team and the Breakers finished 2-1 in the Tourney Play.

OFFICIALS
Chinese officials are still learning the rules and nuances of the game, let alone, experienced players trickery’s (getting away with illegal holding, etc). They are also reserved, shy individuals who will ignore aggressive players and coaches during the game. The exception is referee’s who have already pre-determined who shall be getting the benefits of calls. Yes, this happens in China also. Sorry, USA youth, high school, college, minor leagues and NBA basketball Leagues, it is a global epidemic. When playing the Brazilian Brethrens, officiating was mildly consistent but when facing local Chinese teams, not different them good ole American, get ready for some HOME COOKING. We have now played 27 games in China. One thing is consistent; don’t expect any calls when you face the Chinese teams. But, is that any different than games in the USA? No! So, contradictory speaking, Chinese officiating IS catching up in how to govern basketball games.