July 24, 2016
Turner leads balanced Slam attack in 102-84 win
Bellingham Slam center Ayne Turner continued his dominance of the Seattle Pro-Am, leading a balanced Slam offense to a 102-84 win over the Cougars on Sunday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
The 18-point margin of victory was a welcome change for the Slam, whose first four games at the Pro-Am were all decided by eight points or fewer.
Turner, playing in his first Pro-Am this season after graduating from Western Washington University two years ago, is quickly establishing himself as one of the summer league's most dominant and entertaining competitors. He followed up a big 29-point game Saturday with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds Sunday, punctuating his stat line with several signature dunks.
The Cougars kept up with the Slam offensively well into the third quarter. Leading 41-40 at halftime, the Slam used a small run in the middle stages of the third quarter to build their first double-digit advantage. Guard Kyle Impero scored off a behind-the-back pass from guard Paul Hafford to put Bellingham up 61-51 with 2:50 left in the period, before the Cougars pushed back to make the score 68-63 after three.
The Slam broke things open in the fourth quarter, scoring the first seven points to re-establish a double-digit lead, and they didn't look back after that. The Slam's run-and-gun offense was on full display for most of the quarter, preventing the Cougars from a comeback attempt.
Five other Slam players joined Turner with double-digit scoring efforts. Hafford had 18 points while guard Drew Ready posted another solid stat line with 16 points, 4 blocks and 3 steals.
Mitch Brewe led the Cougars with game highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds.
With the weekend sweep, Bellingham improves their Pro-Am record to 3-2. The Slam returns to action on July 30 against Team Strideline, with a 1:30 p.m. tip-off set for Royal Brougham Pavilion.