Poole, Ward, Bain named to IBL all-star teams
One Saint Martin’s alum and two members of the Olympia Reign were named International Basketball League all-stars on Monday. Blake Poole was named to the first team and barely missed out on the MVP award in leading the Bellingham Slam to the IBL championship and the Reign’s Mike Ward and Gjio Bain were named to the second team after leading the Reign to the IBL semifinals. All three players will represent the IBL in the Southern California Summer Pro League July 24-29th.
Former Saint Blake Poole earned first team honors after averaging 18.7 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game. In his second season with the Slam, the 6’5″ center had 15 double-doubles out of 20 games this season including a 24 point, 22 rebound, six assist game against the Yamhill HighFlyers on June 23rd and a 23 point, 15 rebound, seven assist game against the Portland Chinooks in the IBL championship game on July 8th. This winter, Poole will return to Germany for a second season but with a new team, BG Topstar Leitershofen. He starred for BG Dorsten in his first German Pro-B season averaging 14.9 ppg and 12.9 rpg.
In his fourth season with the Olympia Reign, Mike Ward was the team’s most consistent player this season, averaging 20.7 points per game, 6.2 board per game and 4.2 assists per game from the guard position. Ward, an Evergreen alum, had his best game on May 18th when he scored 39 points against the Portland Chinooks. Ward also came up big in two late season games against the Edmonton Energy. Ward had 30 points, six boards and seven assists in an overtime win to close the regular season and 27 points, five boards and six assists in an playoff opening round upset of the Energy.
After joining the Reign on June 22nd during their trip to Orlando, Gjio Bain solidified their center position by scoring 15 points per game and hauling in 12.8 rebounds per game and the Reign went 4-2, their best stretch of the season, in his six games with the team. Bain, a seven footer from Southern Miss, had averaged 8.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg as a member of the Orlando Venom.
Andre Murray of the Vancouver Volcanoes was named MVP and Bellingham’s Morris Anderson was named Defensive Player of the Year. The full list of honorees can be found here.