July 3, 2016
Strong debut from Turner helps Slam earn first Pro-Am win
A dominant debut performance for center Anye Turner helped the Bellingham Slam earn a 92-89 win over Clover Fitness in Seattle Pro-Am action at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Sunday.
Turner, who was unavailable for Saturday’s opener, was a consistently dominant presence in the post for the Slam throughout the game, scoring a team-high 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds (eight on the offensive glass) and three blocks.
In what amounted to a defensive slugfest, the two sides combined for just 68 first half points, with the Slam taking a 36-32 halftime lead after forward Tyler Amaya just beat the buzzer with a fierce put-back dunk. Bellingham’s long-range woes from Saturday continued, as they went 0-for-13 from three-point range in the half.
The offense improved for the Slam in the second half, and they looked to be on their way to a big win after staging a 10-0 run in the middle stages of the third quarter. But Clover closed the frame with a 9-0 run of their own to pull back within one, at 64-63.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle, with neither side gaining much of an advantage until a Paul Hafford three-pointer put the Slam up 89-84 with just under a minute left. But Clover answered with another three on the next possession followed by a quick two off a Slam turnover to knot the game at 89-89 with 25 seconds left.
With the score tied, guard Mo Anderson stepped up for the Slam, scoring the game’s go-ahead points on a difficult and-one lay-in with eight seconds left. A big defensive stand on the other end sealed the win for Bellingham.
Turner was followed closely in scoring for Bellingham by Hafford, who finished with 20 points and scored the team’s only two three-point baskets.
Guard Andre Winston led all scorers with 35 points for Clover Fitness.
The Slam continues Seattle Pro-Am play on July 9 with a 3 p.m. tip-off against Team "House of Cuts" set for Royal Brougham Pavilion.