July 31, 2016
Slam wins fourth straight, 114-103 over Renton
Guard Morris Anderson and forward Germain Jordan combined to score 52 points as the Bellingham Slam defeated the Renton Select, 114-103, in a Seattle Pro-Am summer league game at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Sunday.
Anderson and Jordan tallied 26 points apiece as the Slam pulled away in the fourth quarter to win their fourth straight game.
The first half was largely a competitive affair until Bellingham used a late run to build a ten point lead at halftime, at 61-51. Jordan whipped the crowd into a frenzy when he posterized a Renton defender on a thunderous dunk late in the half and appeared to send the Slam into the break with all the momentum.
But Renton bounced back in the third quarter, answering every big Slam bucket with one of their own, and ended the frame with a scoring spurt which knotted the score at 79-79.
Bellingham put a stop to Renton’s run thanks to back-to-back three pointers by Anderson to open the fourth quarter, and they never looked back after that. A mid-range jumper by Jordan with five minutes remaining gave the Slam their largest lead of the night, at 101-85, and a late NBA-range three-pointer by guard Trazil Lane proved to be the dagger to Renton’s comeback hopes.
Anderson and Jordan were joined by three other Bellingham players to score in double figures, including center Anye Turner who added 16 points. The victory was a fitting send-off for both Jordan and Turner, who dominated in Pro-Am play this summer but will now leave the Slam to join up with their professional teams overseas.
Center Ransford Brempong led Renton with 30 points and 16 rebounds, both game highs.
The Slam now gets an extended break as they don’t return to action until August 20 for their final regular season game against Team Guard Up. The Seattle Pro-Am playoffs begin the following day, on August 21.