League Staff Writter – 10/21/2009
The Santa Barbara Breakers got off to their worst start in 3 1/2 years of basketball, trailing 16-0 with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter. Despite taking a 4 point lead in the second half, the Breakers lost a 86-84 squeaker to the Brazilian Universities Team. The Breakers finally got on the scoreboard at the 5 minute mark and trailed 24-9 at the quarter break. An offensive insurgence produced 25 points for the Breakers in the second quarter as they trailed 44-34 at the half. Terrance Thomas, 6’7 235 swing forward from Dallas, Texas (Baylor U.) led the Breakers in the first half with 20 points on 13-14 free throws and nailing a 3 pointer to put the Breakers ahead for the first time, late in the third quarter, 54-53. Tim Taylor was fouled on a 3 point attempt as the third quarter ended and made 1-3 free throws to close the gap at 60-59. The Breakers had their opportunities to score a victory and led 77-73 in the fourth quarter but poor defense of 3 point shots and the high post pick and roll led the Brazilian’s to retake the lead and close out the win at the free throw line. Dwuan Rice of Pasadena, a graduate of UC-Bakersfield and MVP of the American Basketball Association in 2008, tallied 23 points on 4-7 three pointer and 5-6 from the free throw line. Chris Keller, a 6’5 lefty guard from Seattle, notched 3-7 3 pointers for the Breakers during their comeback that fell just short.