July 30, 2016
Amaya posts triple-double in 101-88 Slam victory
A triple-double from Bellingham Slam forward Tyler Amaya was a catalyst for the Bellingham Slam as they defeated Team Strideline, 101-88, in Seattle-Pro Am summer league action at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Saturday.
Amaya finished with 18 points, a game-high 16 rebounds and 10 assists as the Slam improved to 4-2 on the season.
In a game in which they led from start to finish, the Slam used hot shooting to race out to a 30-17 lead after the first quarter.
Strideline fought back in the second quarter, narrowing the deficit to seven, at 39-32, with 3:30 left in the half before Bellingham finished with an 8-2 run and led 47-34 at the break.
The offensive showcase continued for the Slam in the third quarter, using a quick 8-0 run in the first two minutes as their lead swelled to 55-34. Forward Germain Jordan delighted the crowd with several ferocious dunks as Bellingham kept their foot on the gas and led by 23 at the end of three, at 77-54.
With the outcome decided, the Slam used the fourth quarter to rest its starters and give well-deserved minutes to the bench. Strideline outscored the Slam by 10 in the quarter, but never threatened. Guard Trazil Lane closed the scoring with a dunk as the Slam posted their third straight victory.
Amaya’s 18 points were bested only by center Anye Turner, who led the Slam with 21 and added 8 rebounds. Drew Ready also had a solid game with 15 points, while Jordan finished with 14 to round out the list of double-digit scorers.
Guard Kelly Edwards led Team Strideline with a game-high 31 points.
The Slam returns to action on Sunday with a game against Renton. A 1:30 p.m. tip-off is set for Royal Brougham Pavilion.