August 19, 2018
Slam upset in Seattle Pro-Am quarterfinals
The Bellingham Slam was upset in the quarterfinals of the Crawsover Seattle Pro-Am playoffs, losing 120-111 to the #6-seeded Vancouver Battle on Sunday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
For the second straight day, it was another former UW Husky star which did in the #3-seeded Slam. Guard Tony Wroten finished with 47 points in the win for the Battle, including nine three-pointers.
In the first half, the two sides squared off in an entertaining and back-and-forth clash which included 11 lead changes. After a putback by forward Tyler Amaya put the Slam up by one, at 36-35 halfway through the second quarter, the Battle ended the half with a run to take a 57-53 lead into the break.
Bellingham scored the first two buckets of the second half to eliminate the deficit, and led by as many as eight four minutes in. But Vancouver weathered the Slam's run and Wroten responded by closing out the frame with three straight three-pointers to give the Battle an 82-78 lead.
The Slam kept things close throughout most of the fourth quarter, but it was a shot clock buzzer-beating three by Vancouver guard Keon Lewis with four minutes left which helped to place the game out of reach, putting Vancouver up 101-95 at the time.
Ultimately though it was turnovers that sealed the Slam's fate, as sloppy play in the fourth quarter stymied their comeback attempt. In all, Vancouver scored 30 of their points off of 24 Bellingham turnovers in the contest.
Forward Trevor Jasinsky, a late roster addition playing in his second game of the season, led the Slam with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Forwards Tyler Amaya (17 points, 22 rebounds) and Mitch Brewe (21 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles for Bellingham.
Wroten, with 47 points, was one of five players to score in double figures for the Battle. Guard Pepe Hernandez finished with a double-double of 20 points and 11 boards.
Vancouver now advances to the Crawsover Pro-Am semi-finals where they will face Jamal Crawford's Team Adidas, set for August 25 at Royal Brougham Pavilion.