August 21, 2016
Slam advances to Pro-Am semi-finals with commanding win
The Bellingham Slam picked the right time to have their best game of the season, earning a 129-90 win over Guard Up in the quarter-finals of the Seattle Pro-Am playoffs on Sunday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
In a re-match of Saturday's regular season finale, the #4 seeded Slam made quick work of #5 Guard Up. Bellingham bolted out to a 20-9 lead midway through the first quarter, and never relented with their offensive barrage, leading from start to finish.
A buzzer-beating dunk by forward Tyler Amaya to end the first half pushed the Slam's lead to 20, at 65-45.
Guard Up played the Slam even for much of the third, before a late Bellingham run expanded the Slam lead to 30, at 95-65, by the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter featured more of the same for the Slam, as they used a late 18-2 run in the quarter to balloon their advantage to 43.
Amaya led six Slam players in double figures with 24 points, but it was guard Paul Hafford who maintained his hot shooting from Saturday and stole the show with a triple-double of 21 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.
Guard Garrison Carr led Guard Up with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting.
With the victory, the Slam advances to the Pro-Am semi-finals set for Saturday, August 21. Bellingham will face #8 ranked Brand Black, who defeated the top-seeded Kitsap Admirals in their quarter-final matchup. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. at Seattle Pacific University’s Royal Brougham Pavilion.