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Slam Dunk winner is from Takini High School
11 April 2012


Rex Morrison finishing off a reverse dunk for fans at United Tribes in Bismarck.

BISMARCK (UTN) - It seemed appropriate that the winner of the slam dunk contest during the first annual Tanner Albers Memorial Basketball Tournament came from the same school where Tanner sharpened his basketball skills.

      Rex Morrison, 18, a senior at Takini High School, Howes, SD, earned the high-flying honor April 7 during the tournament held at United Tribes Technical College.

      Morrison slammed on reverse and 360 spins, and from banks off the backboard, earning high marks from judges and generous applause from fans.

Slam dunk contest winner Rex Morrison of Takini High School.

      Morrison is a senior at Takini and played in the tournament for the team Felix Creek, one of 21 teams in the three-day event. The winning squad was Iron 5, followed by KVLC, Iron Boy and Hoop Dancers. Three point contest winner was Nathan Dixon, Alberta, Canada, of the Hoop Dancers team.

      The tournament was sponsored by the family of Tanner Albers, who passed away in 2011. He was a stand-out player in the 1990s at Takini and United Tribes. He also played at University of Mary and in division one at Delaware State University.

      Tanner's number 34 jersey, hanging in the James Henry Community Gymnasium where the tournament was played, was retired by United Tribes when he was inducted into the college's Thunderbird Hall of Fame in 2010.

      For more information contact Travis Albers 701-620-9138, sacredhoops@hotmail.com.

Tanner Albers
Game action from the Tanner Albers Memorial Basketball Tournament.


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