International Basketball League
Bellingham Slam 133, Olympia Reign 104
Saint Martin’s alum Blake Poole scored 15 points and brought down 13 rebounds and the Saints’ Jeremy Green added 15 points to help the Bellingham Slam to a 133-104 spoiling of the Olympia Reign’s debut at the Skookum Creek Events Center at the Little Creek Casino. Three former Evergreen Geoducks – Mike Ward, Marcus Wright and Nick Moore – led the way for the Reign scoring 20, 13 and 12 points respectively.
The two teams battled back and forth for the first seven minutes of the game and Ward’s field goal at the 5:06 mark gave the Reign a 15-12 lead. The Slam then went on a 17-2 run to close out the first quarter and never allowed the Reign to get within eight points again.
Up 63-51 at halftime, the Slam reeled off the first seven points of the second half to take a 19 point lead. The Reign had one breath of life left cutting a 22 point lead to just 12 in the third quarter but the Slam outscored the Reign 46-29 over the last 13 minutes of the game to give themselves the easy victory.
Bellingham was led by Ira Graham’s 27 points and six rebounds. Morris Anderson added 26 points and seven boards. Paul Hafford chipped in 18 points and Michael Duty scored another 15.
Ward scored 18 points for the Reign in the first half but was held to just one basket in the final 24 minutes of play. River Ridge’s Giovanne Woods scored 11 points while Chris Weakley and Jacob Manning added ten points each for Olympia. Ex-Timberline Blazer and Geoduck superstar Nate Menefee looked rusty in scoring just six points on 1-for-8 shooting after arriving part way into the first quarter. The NAIA All-American averaged over 26 points for the Reign last season.
The Olympia Reign have over a week to work out the kinks and will travel to the 212 Sports Complex in Clackamas, Oregon on Saturday, April 28th to take on the Portland Chinooks. They return to Little Creek on Tuesday, May 1st when they play host to the Vancouver Volcanoes at 7:00 PM.
High school baseball
Tumwater 1, Aberdeen 0
Black Hills 4, River Ridge 3
Gig Harbor 6, Capital 3
Ocosta 5, Northwest Christian 4
High school softball
Tumwater 7, Aberdeen 0