The Bellingham Slam welcomed the visiting team from across the Pacific Ocean. The Nippon Tornadoes of the International Basketball League began their United States tour Friday, May 10th at Whatcom Pavilion. Bellingham did their best to show their guests what Slam basketball is all about. Bellingham took the lead early and kept on piling up the points throughout the game. Despite the Tornadoes energy and effort they could not close the double-digit gap for four quarters. Final score: 161-78. Click here to view photos from the game.