July 9, 2016
Slam falls in star-studded Seattle Pro-Am contest
The Bellingham Slam couldn’t overcome an offensive clinic from an NBA All-Star and a former University of Washington standout as they fell to Team House of Cuts, 127-119, in Seattle Pro-Am action on Saturday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
The House of Cuts roster featured Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George, who is visiting Seattle this weekend to compete in Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game, and former Husky guard Tre Simmons, who recently returned to Seattle after competing abroad in Israel. The duo combined for 81 points to help sink the Slam.
Not to be outdone, the Slam’s roster included a mid-game addition of Terrence Williams, a former first round NBA draft pick of the New Jersey Jets who also spent time with the Rockets, Kings and Celtics.
Despite the offensive firepower on the other side, the Slam, who trailed 70-57 at halftime, staged a third-quarter comeback and treated the fans to a competitive game in the second half.
The Slam outscored House of Cuts 28-21 in the third quarter to trim the deficit to seven, at 82-76, thanks to hot shooting from forward Tyler Amaya and Paul Hafford.
With Williams subbing in for Bellingham at the start of the fourth quarter, the Slam pulled within two, at 93-91 with 8:40 left on a three-point shot from guard Drew Ready.
Unfortunately, led by George and Simmons, the House of Cuts offense continued to shine late in the game and had a clutch response for just about ever Slam bucket. A deep two from Amaya on a cross-court pass from Williams made the score 120-113 with 1:30 left, which was as close as the Slam would get.
Amaya and guard Morris Anderson combined for 48 points, with 25 and 24 respectively, to lead Bellingham. Guard Drew Ready provided 16 points off the bench while Lummi Nation High School guard Trazil Lane had a fine showing in limited minutes, picking up a basket and three assists.
Simmons led House of Cuts with a double-double of 41 points and 14 rebounds, while George was not far behind with 40 and 10. Center Dino Gregory added 23 points on 11-of-13 shooting and added a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Slam will now get two weeks off before their next action at the Seattle Pro-Am. They are scheduled to face the Tacoma Thunder on July 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Royal Brougham Pavilion.