The Bellingham Slam won their sixth game in a row Monday, May 26th at Whatcom Pavilion against the Vancouver Volcanoes. The victory marks their seventh overall win and puts their 2014 International Basketball League regular season record at 7-2. Bellingham gained the lead early in the first period and did not let the Volcanoes with in ten-points of the lead the entire game. Morris Anderson lead all Slam scores with 29 points followed by first-year guard Sam Freeman who contributed 24 points. Final score: 127-110. Click here to view photos from the game.
May 18, 2014
The Bellingham Bulldogs look to bounce back after suffering a 12-38 loss last week to the Seattle Stations. Cody Oakes continues to take snaps under center in relief of the injured Eric Taylor as injuries to key players have left the Bulldogs roster thin and fresh faces were called upon to setup their game. The Roseburg Rampage made the 7 hour, 440 mile trip to Civic Field and prove their worth in the Pacific Northwest football arena.
The Bellingham offense did not take long to find their rhythm. Scoring quickly and often the Bulldogs used their air attack to put a 21-point lead on the board in the first quarter. Oakes found 3 different receivers for touchdowns. Bellingham's defense dominated the line of scrimmage, not allowing a sustained Rampage drive the entire first half. By halftime the Bulldogs lead 28-0 and as the third quarter began Bellingham had their confidence back.
Oakes again showed his talents by scrambling for a 60-yard touchdown and throwing three more touchdowns to his receivers. Including three touchdowns to wide receiver Douglas Miller. The Bulldogs defense shut Roseburg out of the endzone. Not allowing a single point to be scored. The game was in hand. The Rampage were out-manned, over-powered and out-coached.
The Bellingham fans were also treated to a rare on-field cameo appearance by the Bulldogs coaching staff who decided to suit-up for a few plays. Coaches Brian Young, James Darling, Addison Perrin and General Manager Don Oneida made their way onto the field. The proud Bellingham Bulldogs have their swagger and look to making a run at the playoffs. Final score: 55-0. Click here to view photos from the game.
May 10, 2014
The Bellingham Slam move regain their footing with a rout over the Olympia Reign Friday, May 9th at Whatcom Pavilion. Bellingham had the upper hand early, jumping out to a twelve-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Reign never came with-in ten points of the lead the entire game. Slam forward Nick Moore lead all scores with 31 points. The win evens the Slam at 2-2 on the season. Final score: 139-106. Click here to view photos from the game.
May 4, 2014
The Bellingham Bulldogs squared off against a familiar opponent Saturday, May 3rd at Civic Field. The Grays Harbor Bearcats roll into town looking to snap a three-game losing skid. Bellingham, winning their last two, are looking to make a bid for the number one seed in the Pacific Football League North Division and solidify their spot in the PFL Playoffs.
The first quarter saw the Bulldogs offense still struggling to establish their long tradition of a dominate running game. Forcing Bellingham to throw the ball, the Bearcats grabbed an early interception that resulted in a touchdown. Offensive miscues continue to plague the Bulldogs but a powerhouse wide receiver core make up for any deficiencies.
The Bulldogs defense squashes every attempt at a sustained Bearcats drive with a combination of pass rushing and blanket down-field coverage, knocking down passes and intercepting the ball on several attempts. This allows Bellingham to let loose their passing attack and score three unanswered touchdowns through the air in the first half. Quarterback Eric Taylor connects with all of his receivers including Toby Seim for one touchdown and Cody Oakes for two more before the half.
The second half unfortunately saw injuries to key players but the Bulldogs offensive juggernaut found its stride. Bulldozing the Bearcats defensive line with key runs by fullback Justin Heard. Cody Oakes stepped up under center to lead Bellingham on a second half beat down of the Bearcats. Using a combination passing and scrambling, Oakes marched the Bulldogs down field, finding his backup receivers on multiple occasions. The end result culminating in a 31-yard touchdown pass to Toby Seim in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs defense stood firm the entire game. Not allowing a single Bearcats offensive score, reminding the PFL of their past domination and on-going potential to be the best in the league. Final score: 35-7. Click here to view photos from the game.
May 3, 2014
The Bellingham Slam played host to their International Basketball League rivals, the Portland Chinooks Friday, May 2nd at the Whatcom Pavilion. This was their first meeting of the 2014 season and the Chinooks planned to exact revenge over their loss to the Slam in the 2013 IBL Championship game last year. Booth team started out with intensity, moving the ball quickly around the court. Portland jumped out ahead early and held the lead through the first quarter. Bellingham rallied in the second, narrowing the gap to to three points by halftime. The Slam slugged it out with the Chinooks throughout the third quarter. But Portland pulled away with a five point lead heading into the fourth. Portland put the pedal to the floor, taking advantage of turn-overs and mistimed passing by the Slam, the Chinooks jumped out to a 19 point lead. The Slam would not give up, scoring 31 points through the fourth, Bellingham had the game tied with seconds left yet they could not overtake the Chinooks. Final score: 116-119. Click here to view photos from the game.