Game Recap

August 18, 2018

Slam falls in regular season finale, enters playoffs as #3 seed


Paul HaffordThe Bellingham Slam fell to Worldwide S.M., 116-94, to round out the 2018 Crawsover Seattle Pro-Am regular season on Saturday afternoon at Royal Brougham Pavilion, but received some help as they earned a favorable seeding for the playoffs, which begin Sunday.

The Slam finished with a 5-3 record, tied with Cityside Hoops, who were upset by Ball Is Life in the Pro-Ams final game on Saturday. The unexpected result propelled the Slam into the #3 position as they held the tiebreaker against Cityside, having defeated them 100-80 in the two teams only meeting on July 29.

Following a back-and-forth first quarter, the Slam were done in by Worldwide S.M. in the second quarter, thanks to a run by former UW Husky guard Abdul Gaddy who scored eight straight to break open a close game. The Slam trailed 53-44 at halftime.

While Bellinghams offense started to click in the third quarter, the defense just couldnt get any stops and wasnt able to eat into the deficit. A three-pointer by Worldwide center Robert Upshaw hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to extend the lead to 18, at 92-74.

The Slam got within 14 with under five minutes left in the game, but turnovers prevented them from getting any closer.

Guard Paul Hafford led five Slam players in double figures with 25 points, while guard Jacob Stevenson finished with 19.

Worldwide S.M. was led by the 28 points from guard Abdul Gaddy.

The #3 seeded Slam will open play at the 2018 Crawsover Pro-Am Playoffs with a quarterfinal match-up against the #6 seeded Vancouver Battle on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Seattle Pacific Universitys Royal Brougham Pavilion.

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