he second day of the NBA 2k League tournament “The Ticket” dwindled the field down to just eight teams. Saturday’s action would finish the task at hand, rewarding one team with several spoils and a lot of momentum for the final four weeks of the regular season.
8) Magic Gaming 55, 16) Heat Check Gaming 49
Heat Check Gaming, which had registered two upsets in the tournament’s first two days, was forcibly cooled off Saturday. Magic Gaming effectively limited Heat Check Gaming’s offense to whatever power forward Hotshot could muster, as the other four players on the court for Heat Check Gaming mustered only 14 points combined. That was enough for Heat Check Gaming to reduce what had been a 20-point deficit to a mere seven points in the fourth quarter but Magic Gaming ultimately won on the strength of point guard Reizey’s 21 points. With the win, Magic Gaming went on to the semifinals in front of its hometown fans at Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla.
15) Knicks Gaming 64, 7) Cavs Legion GC 58, OT
Knicks Gaming continued its own magic in The Ticket, as the franchise won this tournament in the NBA 2k League’s first season. After winning a low-scoring first quarter 10-6, Knicks Gaming would find itself down eight points with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Clutch buckets by point guard iamadamthe1st (17 points) and small forward OriginalMalik (20 points) pushed the game into overtime. In the extra frame, Knicks Gaming got enough contributions from center Idrisdagoat6 (10 points, 18 rebounds) to advance to the semifinals.
14) Pacers Gaming 65, 6) 76ers GC 61
For the second consecutive game, the higher seeded-team struggled to contain one of the competition’s forwards. Pacers Gaming power forward Ramo poured on a career-high 43 points on 15/23 shooting to help his team overcome an early deficit and keep 76ers GC at arm’s length through the final three quarters. 76ers GC had an opportunity to tie the game with less than 10 seconds to play when point guard Radiant attempted a 3-point shot, but the ball rimmed out and Pacers Gaming point guard Swizurk grabbed the rebound to seal the deal. With the win, Pacers Gaming advanced to face Knicks Gaming in the semifinals.
5) Warriors Gaming Squad 54, 13) Raptors Uprising GC 52
Another thriller in the mold of the earlier Knicks Gaming win ended the quarterfinal round on Saturday, as a last-second bucket by small forward Bsmoove (25 points) put Warriors Gaming Squad in the semifinals against Magic Gaming. Bsmoove scored 10 of his team’s 17 fourth-quarter points to propel his team to the semis, extending Warriors Gaming Squad’s run of tournament-only wins to seven consecutive games.