TACOMA, Wash. – The Bellingham Slam rounded out their best regular season in franchise history with a 117-104 win over the Seattle Flight in an International Basketball League game at Pierce College in Tacoma.
The win lifted the Slam’s record to 16-2, good for the best regular season winning percentage since the team was formed in 2005.
Having just played at home less than 24 hours earlier, the Slam were understandably off-kilter to start the game, Bellingham found themselves trailing Seattle after the first quarter, 24-21.
The Slam came to life in the second quarter, scoring the period’s first 10 points to take a 31-24 lead. Bellingham maintained the lead at halftime, 59-53.
Seattle kept things interesting well into the second half, trailing by only 4 at 87-83 after opening the fourth quarter with a three-pointer by guard Marcus Wright. Bellingham scored the next six points to re-establish a 10-point lead. The Flight were unable to narrow the deficit by more than seven points the rest of the way.
Guard Rico Wilkins led six Slam players in double figures with 23 points. Center Blake Poole finished with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds.
Guard Jerry Petty was Seattle’s team leader with 24 points.
With the regular season complete, the Slam will open the 2013 IBL Playoffs in Portland on July 4 with a semi-final match-up against either the Salem Sabres or Japan Tornadoes. Game time is 5 p.m. at Eastmoreland Court in Portland. You can hear the game on AM 930 KBAI and www.930kbai.com beginning at 4:35pm.