HCG Splits First Round of TIP OFF Tournament

HEAT Check Gaming saw their first action of Season 2 Wednesday at the NBA 2K League Studios, facing off against 76ers GC and Kings Guard Gaming in their first round of games at the TIP OFF Tournament.

Though Famous Enough and his squad narrowly dropped their first match to 76ersGC 63-61, they came back in a strong way and defeated Kings Guard Gaming 58-46 in their second and final game of the night.

HEAT Check Gaming 61 – 76ers GC 63

Against 76ers GC, the squad closed a nine-point gap midway through the fourth quarter to get within striking distance of the win.

That run was a team effort – it began with a right corner three from 24K Dropoff, continued with a put back layup from Hotshot, a fast break dunk from Majes7ic, and ended with a deflected pass by 24K Dropoff that culminated with a Majes7ic dunk to tie it all up at 61.

However, 76ersGC caught a late break – ZDS found Steez for a wide open pass when the Philadelphia center slipped past 24K Dropoff at the top of the circle, diving into a wide-open lane for the go-ahead dunk.

HEAT Check Gaming 58 – Kings Guard Gaming 46

The matchup many were looking forward to in this game was between the two rookie Point Guards – Bp for KGG, and JMoneyRep817 for HCG.

However, after a strong start for Sacramento’s ball handler, Lotty locked in on defense and locked him up for most of the second half. Sacramento never took back the lead after a JMoneyRep817 corner three to start off the third quarter.

Hotshot earned Player of the Game honors for his 20 point, 16 rebound performance against KGG, and following the game he spoke to NBA 2K League reporter Jeff Eisenband about what it took to secure the win and moving back to his natural position at the 5.

“We started getting turnovers on Bp. We were swinging, all five of us, and I told them our defense would carry us,” he said. “It feels good to play my position again. I love 5-out of course, but I’m back at the five where I belong and I’m just trying to prove to everybody I can still play it.”

JMoneyRep817 ended the game with 15 points and 7 assists, while Majes7ic scored 15 points. He also tallied four steals four assists.

Tournament Point System

Though HCG went 1-1 in group play, the scoring system unique to each of the NBA 2K League’s three in-season tournaments means that the squad is currently seeded as the lone wild card to continue on to Saturday’s games.

Every losing team can earn a maximum of three points a game (one point per quarter won,) while each winning team can earn a maximum of eight points (one point per quarter, plus an addition four for the win.)

HCG exited Group play having earned 10 points (three points earned against 76ersGC, seven earned against Kings Guard Gaming.)

With only Group 7 remaining in the first round of TIP OFF Tournament play, Famous and his squad will know Friday night if they advance to the single-elimination Saturday playoff.

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