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.
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