League Staff Writter – 10/21/2009
The Santa Barbara Breakers redeemed themselves against rival opponent Brazilian Universites Club Team with a 72-62 win. After suffering a heartbreak 86-84 loss to Brazil the previous night, the Breakers opened the night with a 12-4 lead and later held a 34-27 advantage at halftime. While edging Brazil in rebounds for the game, (42-39) the Breakers played suffocating defense against the three point shot and the high post pick and roll. The Breakers outscored Brazil 25-17 in the third frame behind the shooting of 6/’7 swingman Terrance Thomas’s 17 points. In the fourth quarter, point guard Dwuan Rice, 5’10 from Pasadena, broke out with several penetrating drives and pullup jumpers from inside the free throw line, for scores. Rice also led the team with 9 assists. The Breakers led 59-44 going into the fourth and final quarter but Brazil continued their traditional ways of playing 40 full minutes of intensity and cut the lead to 67-61 with 2:23 minutes to play in the game. Jeremy Vague, 6’11 265, Utah State, hit a clutch baseline jumper to increase the lead followed by Thomas’s two free throws to help close out the win. The win moved the Breakers to 5-2 and was achieved without the services of starting point guard Leonard Mosley. Mosley has missed the past 3 injuries with a groin injury suffered in Game #4 versus the Chinese Bayi Army team. He may be ready for duty in the Breakers next game.