July 15, 2018
Record-setting defense guides Slam to second straight win
For the third time in as many games this summer, the Slam found themselves behind early before coming back in the second half.
With Bellingham trailing 37-32 at halftime, The Unit opened the third quarter with a 12-2 run to build a 49-34 advantage. The Slam rallied to tie the score with 3:30 left and continued their push when forward Tyler Amaya hit a three-pointer late in the period to give the Slam their first lead since early in the first quarter. Bellingham led 57-52 after three.
The Unit, which played the entire game with no available substitutions, were clearly worn down by the fourth quarter as the Slam pushed the tempo on offense. A three-ball from center Logan Schilder midway through the frame increased the Slam’s advantage to 16, at 72-56, and Bellingham extended the lead to 20 shortly thereafter.
The 65 points allowed shattered the Slam’s team record of 78, which was set in 2013 when the team was a member of the International Basketball League.
Forward DeAndre Dickson posted a triple-double for the third straight game with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Taylor Stafford finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while forward Tyler Amaya and guard Paul Hafford also scored in double figures, with 13 and 11 respectively.
For The Unit, University of Washington sophomore guard Jaylen Nowell led all scorers with 27 points, while forward Jody Johnson added 18.
The Pro-Am will take the next weekend off before resuming action on July 28, with the Slam scheduled to tip off at 1:30 p.m. against Ball Is Life at SPU’s Royal Brougham Pavilion.