Game Recap

July 8, 2018

Slam wins in double OT to earn split in Pro-Am opening weekend

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Taylor StaffordThe Bellingham Slam was able to salvage a split in their opening weekend of action at the 2018 Crawsover Seattle Pro-Am league, thanks to a thrilling 123-119 double overtime victory over the Kitsap Admirals at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Sunday.

Bellingham was left dazed heading into halftime as Admirals forward Dominique Green poured in 10 first half three-pointers to give Kitsap a 66-51 advantage at the break.

Trailing by as many as 17 in the third quarter, the Slam rallied and took their first lead since the game's opening stages, at 86-85, two minutes into the fourth quarter on a tip-in by guard Taylor Stafford.

With no substitutions available due to injury and fouls, the five Slam players left in the lineup battled back-and-forth with Kitsap down the stretch, with the Admirals eventually taking a three-point lead in the final minute, at 103-100, on a trey by forward Nahziah Carter.

A tip-in by forward DeAndre Dickson pulled the Slam within one with 5 seconds left, and after Kitsap sank a pair of free throws, Bellingham forced overtime with the score squared at 107 as a three-pointer by Stafford from the top of the arc found the bottom of the net.

Another three by Stafford in the first overtime period put the Slam up three, at 112-109, before Carter answered on the next possession with a three for Kitsap. This was followed by a hook shot from the key by Dickson to put Bellingham back in front by two, but Kitsap again answered at the other end to force a second overtime period.

In the second overtime, the Slam was finally able to gain some breathing room, going up 118-114 thanks to a pair of free throws by guard Trazil Lane and a putback by Dickson. Kitsap trimmed the margin to one thanks to Greens eleventh three-pointer of the game, but Stafford iced the hard-fought victory for Bellingham with a three at the other end.

Stafford and Dickson both finished with monster double-doubles, with Stafford netting 40 points and 14 assists while Dickson scored 41 and posted 23 rebounds. Center Logan Schilder also had a solid outing with 18 points and 16 boards.

For Kitsap, Green finished with an impressive 50 points while Carter had 40.

On Saturday, the Slam lost a nail-biter to the Vancouver Battle, 100-97, after overcoming a sloppy first half that led to the Battle scoring off of multiple Slam turnovers.

In the second half, the Slam rallied from a 15-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but was never able to take the lead. Several potential game-tying three-point attempts in the final seconds fell short.

Guards Paul Jones and Paul Hafford each scored 20 points to lead the Slam on Saturday, while Dickson had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds in his Pro-Am debut.

The Slam will return to action at The Crawsover Pro-Am on Sunday, July 15. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion.

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