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2013 IBL MVP Chehales Tapscott Using QBL Success As Springboard For Upcoming bj League Season - Sep 7, 2014

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From earning the 2013 IBL MVP award, to winning the QBL Mens Championship Finals and securing 2014 QBL MVP honors in Australia, Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) has taken his game to another level this past year.

After winning the 2013 IBL MVP award, Tapscott was drafted in the NBA D-League draft by the Maine Red Claws. Tapscott went to camp with the Red Claws, but ultimately did not make the final squad. Following that, Tapscott continued to work on his game and used the experience as a positive step in his professional playing career. The following Spring, Tapscott signed a deal to play in Australia, and exploded on the scene for the Rockhampton Rockets in the QBL.

Tapscott described what led to his success down under, The key factor was my preparation. I worked hard on my game going into Australia and it payed off. I got extra shots up, lifted, and the experience from the D-League helped me out as well...and of course, good teamwork.

Following his successful stint with Rockhampton, which included 29.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, Tapscott is now heading to Japan where he signed a deal to play for Bambitious Nara of the bj League. Tapscott will also be joined by 2014 IBL MVP Andre Murray on the squad.

Tapscott expects his experience in Australia to transfer over to his upcoming trip to Japan. I hope my playing experience, and new knowledge of the game can help me. When I was in Australia I was able to learn more about basketball, the in depth part of the game through the coachs eye, and I feel as though I can use that to my advantage. Also, I played against quality players, so that will also help me translate my game there (Japan), Tapscott added.

At 24 years old, Tapscott has played professionally in Luxembourg, France, NBA D-League training camp, and Australia since finishing school at Portland State University. It has been an unforgettable journey, and Tapscott hopes to keep it going by playing in the bj League this Fall. It's been very fun, the only down part was not making the (Maine) Red Claws team, but other than that I couldn't ask for better places to go. And yes, I hope to continue this until I can't play any longer. I'm having the time of my life traveling, Tapscott concluded.

by Gino Pilato

Slam finishes Seattle Pro-Am regular season with first-ever OT win - 1 Year ago
The Bellingham Slam received a late game-tying put-back from center Austin Bragg (6'9''-F/C-91, college: W.Washington), then pulled away in overtime as they defeated Team Worldwide in a Seattle Pro-Am thriller, 110-103, at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Saturday. Remarkably, it was the first time the Slam had posted an overtime victory in team history, having gone 0-for-5 in previous games which required extra time. Thanks to hot outside shooting from forward Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-F-90, coll...   [read more]

Ex-Vikings power Bellingham Slam rout of Kitsap - 1 Year ago
The Bellingham Slam received contributions from a number of former Western Washington University players as they routed the Kitsap Admirals, 110-89, in Seattle Pro-Am action at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Saturday. Led by guard Taylor Stafford (6'1''-G-94, college: W.Washington) who tallied a game-high 38 points, seven ex-Vikings scored the Slam and accounted for over two-thirds of Bellingham's total offensive production. Stafford dazzled the crowd with perhaps the best shooting performanc...   [read more]

Paul Hafford
LC alum Hafford stars for Slam in Seattle Pro-Am - 2 Years ago
Former Lynden Christian standout Paul Hafford (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Portland St.) has added another successful chapter to his basketball career. Hafford, a 2002 LC graduate, averaged a team-high 22.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this summer while leading the Bellingham Slam to a 7-3 record and a Seattle Pro-Am semifinal appearance. The sharp-shooting guard closed the season on a tear, scoring 40-plus points in two of the team's final three contests. Hafford began the do...   [read more]

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