Blazer5 Gaming played three games from June 27 to June 30 to finish off group play in THE TURN tournament. The three-game series tipped off with a game day watch party hosted by Blazer5 for a local Boys & Girls Club. Blazer5 went on to win three straight games and ended THE TURN tournament group play on a high note. Blazer5 will look to build upon their recent success in bracket play.


On June 27, as Blazer5 took on Kings Guard Gaming, they also continued their efforts to expand access to esports by inviting a local Boys & Girls Club to a watch party at their Gaming Facility. There, youth received an in-depth game experience from General Manager, Mikias Yohannes, as he explained gameplay throughout the match. After witnessing an impressive Blazer5 win youth received a tour of the professional gaming facility and equipment by Blazer5 players.


The match against Kings Guard Gaming saw a slow start from Blazer5, who was challenged with inconsistencies both offensively and defensively, which led to a 22-9 first quarter in favor of Kings Guard. Blazer5 would dominate the rest of the match.  In quarter 2 they dismantled the flow of Kings Guard offense, winning the quarter 23-10 taking control of the game. Going into halftime tied 32-32, it was the same story. They dominated the third quarter with ease winning the quarter 30-5.  The dominant performance granted Blazer5 team takeover, which made them unstoppable.


Limitless threes and easy dunks were a testament to the flow the offense was in. The entire team was rolling, with everyone reaching double-digits in scoring. Claude lead the way with a tournament-high 40 points, shooting 15/20 from the field and an efficient 8/10 from beyond the arc.  Blazer5 will be sure to replicate this offensive performance in their next matchup against Lakers Gaming.


The winning momentum carried over into the Blazer5 Gaming matchup against Lakers Gaming on Friday, June 30, winning the contest 87-59. Blazer5 started the game strong, jumping out to a 22-16 lead in the first quarter and keeping their momentum. Blazer5  won the next three quarters, as they shot an efficient 15/23 from beyond the arc and 34/48 total from the field. Blazer5 showcased their impressive offensive stats, which is also a testament to Blazer5’s defensive effort.


In Blazer5’s last two matchups, they’ve shown impressive shot-making efficiency and have disrupted their opponent’s offense. Claude has had an excellent tournament overall, leading the scoring effort with 33 points, while Lavish scored 16 points shooting near-perfect 7/8 from the field and 2/2 from downtown.


On June 30, Blazer5 faced Pacers Gaming for the final match of group play in THE TURN tournament.  The last time the two teams faced off was June 21 to begin THE TURN Tournament, which saw Blazer5 beat Pacers Gaming in a close 76-72 win. Pacers Gaming quickly challenged Blazer5 with a 14-9 lead. Blazer5 responded with a solid second-quarter performance as they scored 21 points and entered halftime with a 30-26 lead. Both teams fiercely battled going into the fourth quarter as they mirrored each other for the matchup.


On the Pacers Gaming backcourt were Greenlight and Chess, who combined for 46 points, putting pressure on the Blazer5 defense. Blazer5, however, responded as a team and devised a strategy that brought Blazer5 their third consecutive win. The night’s hero was Lavish, who hit a buzzer-beater 2-point jumper to win the game. Blazer5 had 4 players who scored double-digit points and outrebounded and assisted Pacers Gaming which proved to be the difference maker in a nail-biting contest.


Claude, who had 17 points and 9 assists, Harby with 18 points with 4 made threes, and KayAus, with 14 points and 8 rebounds, all stepped up to continue the win streak. Blazer5 finished THE TURN tournament with an impressive 4-2 record winning 3 straight games. They resume action on July 12 in THE TURN bracket play, where they will look to bring the summer heat to the nation’s capital. Blazer5 Gaming will match up against Raptors Uprising GC in round 1 of THE TURN bracket play.