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SPORTS BRIEF: Morris Anderson named IBL Player of the Week
Bellingham Slam guard Morris Anderson has been selected as the International Basketball League’s Player of the Week for a pair of strong performances in back-to-back wins against the Yamhill Highflyers last weekend.
On Friday in McMinnville, Ore., Anderson, a Federal Way High School graduate, put up 20 points, 17 coming in the second half, as the Slam pulled out a 133-121 road victory against the Highflyers.
On Saturday, Anderson helped the Slam complete the weekend sweep of Yamhill by posting a career-high 34 points on 14-of-21 shooting in a 141-101 win at Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham. He also pulled down six rebounds and dished out six assists in the game, helping give the Slam their league-leading 14th victory of the season.
“It was a good win for us,” said Anderson of Saturday’s game. “I’m happy to see that we brought a lot of energy coming off a long trip from Yamhill on Friday. After I saw that I only had one assist at halftime, I had to get more players involved.”
On the season, Anderson is averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 assists per game, which ranks eighth- and fourth-best in the league, respectively. In addition, he ranks first in the IBL in steals with an average of three per game.
The robust play this season from the two-time IBL All-Star has placed the Slam in a good position to earn the top-seed in the IBL Playoffs, which begin July 5 in Bellingham.
Anderson is currently in his third season with the Slam after an outstanding collegiate career at Highline Community College and Western Washington University.
As a freshman, he helped Highline with the NWAACC Championship in 2006. After transferring to WWU, he was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Newcomer of the Year for the 2008-09 season and was also selected to the NCAA Division II All-West Region team as a senior. In all, Anderson averaged 13.7 points and 5.6 assists per game in two seasons at WWU.
For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com.