For the second year in a row, top-seeded Blazer5 Gaming was bounced from the first round of the postseason after their 61-55 loss to Warriors Gaming Squad in Game 2 of their first-round series of the 2K League Playoffs on Wednesday.
While Game 2 was certainly a much closer affair than the first time these two teams met, Warriors Gaming Squad still found themselves in control for most of the contest. After a tightly contested first half, where Warriors Gaming Squad held just a two-point advantage after the first 12 minutes, they opened the second half on an explosive 13-4 run, which put Blazer5 Gaming on the ropes for the second straight year.
Blazer5 Gaming certainly would not go away easily, as midway through the fourth quarter, they got the lead back down to five points and appeared to have some momentum on their side. That, however, was quickly shut down, as Warriors Gaming Squad went on to hit back-to-back three-point shots in a matter of seconds, and their lead blossomed back up to 11 points.
At that point, a demoralized Blazer5 Gaming just ran out of time, and after a dominant regular season that featured a 14-game winning streak, it took just two games to end their season.
It was, once again, a terrific team performance from Warriors Gaming Squad, as four players reach double figures while everyone reached at least nine points. Center Type continues to be at his best in tournament play, as he posted another double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Bsmoove matched his 16 points, although it took him 16 shots to get there.
As for Blazer5 Gaming, they failed to get anything going again from behind the arc, going just 3-of-11 from three, and it ended up being a two-man show from the team. Mama Im Dat Man had a much better performance in Game 2, posting 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 12 assists, while OneWildWalnut had a monster performance of his own, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. But beyond that, Blazer5 Gaming didn’t have much going for them, with the other three players combining to score just seven points.