Laws center of Argentina All-Star game (Basketball)

January 29, 2010
Andre Laws

Anchorage’s Andre Laws is the Yao Ming of Argentina.

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Laws, of East High fame, received the most votes among players selected to the Argentina Liga All-Star Game, an major indicator of just how popular Laws must be there because it’s doubtful Alaskans stuffed the ballot box.

“Honestly, being the leading vote getter is an accomplishment I’m very proud to have,” Laws told me today. “It’s great to know that I’m heading in the right direction and people enjoy my style of play.”

The All-Star game was Thursday and the domestic team beat the foreigners 84-81. Laws said he had seven points, two assists and two rebounds in about 20 minutes.

“We had a great time,” he said. “It allowed us players to really just relax and enjoy the game because during league play it’s all business. It was definitely a memorable experience.”

The two-time All-Star was the Finals MVP last year after leading Atenas de Cordoba to the league championship.

This year the 6-foot-1 guard has averaged 10.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 24 games, helping the league leaders build a 1½-game edge at the halfway mark.

Laws was at his best this month, averaging 13.5 points over six games, highlighted by his season-high 22 points against second-place La Union on Jan. 6.

“I feel extremely blessed and thank God for the opportunity to play at this level,” Laws said.

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