The Quebec Kebs had a fire sale yesterday and the Halifax Rainmen did a little bit of shopping.
The Kebs, last in the Premier Basketball League’s Atlantic Conference, shipped Michael Anderson, their leading scorer, to the Rainmen for guard/forward Glen Dandridge.
They also dealt high-scoring forward John Ruffus to the Manchester Millrats earlier in the day in what was trumpeted as the first in-season player transaction in PBL history.
Anderson, a six-foot-seven guard/forward, paced the Kebs with 17.7 points per game in 15 outings and averaged 6.0 rebounds. He wrapped up a four-year NCAA Division I career at Virginia Commonwealth last spring.
“He’s a human highlight reel,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston.
“He’s athletic, he can play on the perimeter, he shoots the three very well and he can play in the paint. Our fans are going to find him very entertaining to watch.”
Dandridge was one of the Rainmen’s leaders in floor time early in the season under head coach Rick Lewis. But after Lewis was fired, his minutes began to dwindle.
He was averaging 11.9 points per game in 15 outings, but has just eight total points in his past five games and hadn’t played more than 14 minutes in that stretch.
Touted as a three-point threat, he shot just .287 from beyond the arc.
“He wasn’t that productive,” Levingston said. “We’re trying to make that last push for the playoffs. We saw an opportunity to make our team better and we pulled the trigger.”
Levingston said Anderson will be used at the wing position to complement sharp-shooter Brian Silverhorn.
The Rainmen (9-7) visit the Buffalo Stampede on Saturday.