8/19/18: Bellingham Slam Co-Coach Tyler Amaya draws a play for his team during a 120-111 loss to the Vancouver. PHOTO: Bellingham Slam
Playoffs: Bellingham Slam Fall in Quarterfinals
August 20, 2018
The season came to an end Sunday for the Bellingham Slam. Bellingham lost 120-111 to the Vancouver Battle in the quarterfinals of The Crawsover Seattle Pro-Am playoffs.
In a game that featured 15 lead changes, former Washington Husky star Tony Wroten did in the 3rd seeded Slam. The point guard scored a game-high 47 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.
After trailing by 3 at halftime, Bellingham came back to lead by 5 in the middle of the third quarter. Written answered back for the Battle spurring a run with three straight three’s. Vancouver put the game away in the fourth outscoring Bellingham by five.
Western Washington University swingman Trevor Jasinsky led he short-handed Slam with 24 points. Mitch Brewe & Tyler Amaya each posted double-doubles. Brewer went for 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Amaya scored 17 points and pulled down a game-high 22 boards.
“Obviously it was not the way we wanted things to end, but I’m proud of how we battled," said Slam GM and Co-Coach Kip Leonetti. “Without the services of (Taylor) Stafford or (DeAndre) Dickson who have overseas contract commitments, we needed someone to step up and Trevor Jasinsky did just that. He proved he belongs in the Pro-Am after today’s performance.”
Bellingham ends the year with a 5-and-4 mark. Vancouver moves on to the semifinals against Team Adidas next weekend at Royal Brougham Pavilion in Seattle.
- Doug Lange