Nothing is sweeter for a team that endured an opening day loss than to topple the 2019 2K League champions on their celebration night.
The Hawks Talong Gaming Club did just that by defeating T-Wolves Gaming twice in a best-of-three series to earn their first regular-season victory of the 2020 NBA 2K League regular season. The result of the first game was an 82-52 victory, and the outcome of the second was 78-62.
In the first game, the Talon statistically looked great leading the way in many different categories. Rebounding was a key factor for the Talon GC as they corralled 31 total rebounds, stole the ball seven times and facilitated their offense with 17 total assists.
BP (Michael Diaz-Cruz), once again, showed the way for the Talon in game one scoring an unbelievable amount of points at 37 with nine assists while followTHEGOD (Kwan Larry Niblack Jr.) (11 points) and MrStylez (Andrew Valle) (12 points) each scored double-digits as well.
The biggest key to that win had to be Lee’s (Lee Lamb) ability to rebound and score when needed. Lee notched his second double-double of the young season with 15 points and 18 rebounds.
In the second matchup, Hawks Talon’s BP totaled a game-high 25 points to go along with 11 assists and three steals. This marks BP’s first double-double of his Hawks Talon career.
KEL exploded for 23 points in the second game of the series which was a season-high for him.
“He didn’t get a lot of shots in game one but the thing that was invaluable about that was that he was still checked into the game,” Hawks Talon GC head coach Wesley Acuff said. “He was present and in game two he had an outburst because we approached it a different way and we didn’t want to do the same thing we did in game one.”
FOLLOWTHEGOD scored a career-high 21 points on shooting seven-of-eight from three-point range. LEE finished with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
It ultimately proved that the program learned lessons from an earlier loss in the week.
“We spent most of our time after that first loss against the Mavs focusing on being more aggressive and getting more of the team involved,” Acuff said. “We know a lot rides on BP’s performance but we wanted to not lose sight of the teamwork and getting everybody else involved in the process. So he’s able to do that he’s able to go out there and set the pace for the game and got us a win.”