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Two Santa Barbara Breakers Players Sign On to Play in Japan

Tyler Newton and Adam Zahn will join the Japan Basketball Association for the 2008-09 season.

The Santa Barbara Breakers announced Monday the signing of two players for employment in Japan for the 2008-09 season.

Tyler Newton, a 6-foot-10-inch forward from Chico, has resigned with Club Wassabe in Japan. Newton was named First Team All-Star of the West Coast Pro Basketball League for 2008, averaging almost 17 points and nine rebounds a game. He suffered a foot injury that sidelined him for the final seven games of the Breakers’ 18-0 season.

Also signing in the Japan Basketball Association is 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound forward Adam Zahn of Redondo Beach. Zahn replaced the injured Newton and quickly became a fixture off the bench, leading the Breakers’ high-point total in one game with 38 points vs. the High Desert Rattlers.

Zahn’s high-flying, rim-rattling dunks off fast-break opportunities made him a favorite with Breaker fans. He played in Norway for the 2007-08 season and for the University of Oregon as a college athlete.

Darice Yee is arena operations coordinator for the Santa Barbara Breakers.

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