The Bellingham Slam cruised to another big win, 130-83, against the Japan Tornadoes in an International Basketball League contest at Lynden High School on Friday, May 17.
Like the last meeting between the two teams, the Slam raced out to an early lead and never looked back. The Slam led 25-12 after the first seven minutes before taking a 34-19 lead into the second quarter.
A 14-2 run late in the second quarter propelled the Slam to a 73-39 lead entering halftime.
The Slam built its advantage to 40 with its first bucket of the fourth quarter before a small Tornadoes run decreased the lead to 107-74. But it was all Slam after that, with the margin exceeding 40 once again by the middle of the period.
Guard Jacob Stevenson led the Slam with 23 points while forward Chas Kok, who started for the first time in his return to his old high school gym, finished with 21.
The Slam returns to its usual home court at Whatcom Pavilion on Sunday, May 19, as it faces the Lone Star Strikers based out of Houston, Texas. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.