July 23, 2016
Turner comes up big as Slam outlasts Tacoma, 100-94
Center Anye Turner led the Bellingham Slam with 29 points as the Slam outlasted an undermanned Tacoma Thunder team, 100-94, in a Seattle Pro-Am contest at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Saturday.
The Thunder suited up just five players, leaving Tacoma’s coach with no options for substitutions during the entire game.
Despite the lopsided benches, the Thunder competed remarkably well throughout the game before ultimately succumbing to the Slam’s depth late in the fourth quarter.
After a competitive first quarter, Tacoma capitalized on sloppy play by Bellingham in the second to build a 45-39 halftime lead. The Slam aided Tacoma’s fortunes by committing 13 turnovers in the half.
After falling behind by 12, at 55-43 early in the third quarter, the Slam appeared to be turning the tide as they rallied to tie the game at 67-all on a three-pointer by forward Germain Jordan with 1:45 left, but the Thunder ended the frame on a 9-2 run to re-establish a decent lead, at 76-69.
Bellingham was unable to shake the Thunder until well into the fourth quarter. A lay-in by guard Drew Ready with 3:35 remaining gave the Slam their first lead since the first quarter, at 90-89. Tacoma’s potent offense finally started to sputter after that, and a thunderous alley-oop dunk by Jordan off a lob from Ready with under a minute left sealed the victory.
The Slam outscored the Thunder 31-18 in the fourth quarter as it took nearly the entire game for Bellingham to wear down Tacoma’s starters.
Turner just missed out on a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds to go along with his team-high 29 points. Guard Jacob Stevenson had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting while Jordan finished with 17 in his first appearance with the Slam.
Tacoma was led by the duo of guards Jamar Berry and DaVonte Lacy, who scored 34 and 32 points respectively and performed admirably in the absence of any support off the bench.
The Slam returns to the court on Sunday as 2016 Seattle Pro-Am action continues. The Slam will tip off against the Cougars at 3 p.m. at Royal Brougham Pavilion.