Guard Morris Anderson and the Bellingham Slam broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter as they defeated the Seattle Flight, 105-91, in IBL action at Blaine High School on Saturday night.
Anderson finished with 18 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, good for his second career triple-double and the 12th in Slam franchise history.
In a contest that featured 12 lead changes, neither team led by double digits until Bellingham used a 9-1 run in the closing minutes of the third quarter to take a 81-69 lead.
Consecutive three-pointers by Seattle guard Tysaiah Curry to end the third and begin the fourth quarters brought the Flight to within two, at 81-79. But as quick as Seattle got back in it, Bellingham was able to re-establish the margin with buckets by center Blake Poole and guard Jacob Stevenson sandwiched between a pair of treys by center Evan Matteson to give the Slam a 91-80 lead with 6:17 left.
The Flight was able to trim the deficit to nine on two occasions later in the fourth, but did not pose a serious threat the rest of the way.
While Anderson was the star of the night for Bellingham (10-1) thanks to his all-around strong play, Stevenson led all scorers with 27 points while Poole finished with 20 and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Flight was led in scoring by guard Venoy Overton, who posted 22 points on a tepid 8-for-28 showing from the floor. Guard Dontay Jones contributed 20.
The Slam returns to Whatcom Pavilion for their next home game on Sunday, June 9 as they welcome the East Bay Pit Bulls based out of Livermore, Calif. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.