Blazer5 Gaming looked to get above .500 as they took on the third-place Warriors Gaming Squad on Wednesday. Warriors Gaming Squad took Game 1 on the back of clutch shooting from ANTOINE while Blazer5 Gaming earned the split by winning Game 2 in a blowout.
ANTOINE connected on five of his first six field-goal attempts en route to 13 first-quarter points as Warriors Gaming Squad led Blazer5 Gaming 17-16 at the end of the first period of Game 1.
Warriors Gaming Squad extended their lead by locking down defensively and holding Blazer5 to only 10 second-quarter points. CB13 and Hezi combined for a last-second bucket to give Warriors Gaming Squad a 34-26 lead at halftime. Gradient recorded three first-half steals while Hezi added seven points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block. ANTOINE led all scorers with 18 first-half points.
Blazer5 Gaming responded by scoring the first five points of the second half, eventually cutting Warriors Gaming Squad’s lead to 40-39. The two teams proceeded to exchange two-point baskets until BreadwinningLA cashed a game-tying three with under 30 seconds left in the third quarter. On the ensuing position CB13 missed a mid range shot, and Hezi missed the putback as the period ended tied at 46.
The fourth quarter went back and forth until ANTOINE made back-to-back threes with under a minute left to extend Warriors Gaming Squad’s lead to 63-57. Blazer5 Gaming couldn’t mount a comeback as they fell 68-59.
Blazer5 Gaming jumped out to a 14-2 lead in Game 2 as Warriors Gaming Squad started out 1-for-6 from the field and 0-for-5 from three. Bash and Scretty each had six points for Blazer5 Gaming in the first quarter, while BreadwinnerLA added five points.
Randomz cashed a three at the end of the second quarter to extend Blazer5 Gaming’s lead to 36-21. Bash led all scorers with 12 first-half points while GOOFY757 contributed eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Blazer5 Gaming continued their dominance in the second half of Game 2, winning the third quarter 21-15 and the fourth quarter 26-23 en route to a 83-59 blowout.
Bash finished with a monster 25-point, 17-assist double-double while GOOFY757 added 16 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block.
On Friday, Kings Guard Gaming swept Blazer5 Gaming in a two-game slate.
The first game between Blazers5 Gaming and Kings Guard Gaming was a back-and-forth contest, but Kings Guard Gaming jumped out to a comfortable lead in the first quarter by a 27-17 score. Blazer5 Gaming showed some ability to fight in the second quarter (15-15) and the third one (17-18), but Kings Guard Gaming remained in complete control of the contest with only five minutes left on the clock and were up by 11 points entering the final quarter. Even though Blazer5 Gaming never gave up trying, Kings Guard Gaming didn’t let go of the game and won comfortably after outscoring the rivals once again in the fourth quarter (26-18). It was a huge win for Kings Guard Gaming, and the scoreboard showed it as such, as the game ended with a 86-67 score.
All five players of Kings Guard Gaming scored in double digits in this game, but two stood out among the rest — Mama Im Dat Man finished with 23 points and 12 assists, while Yusuf Scarbz had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. MaJes7ic also surpassed the 15-point mark with a 17-point outing. Bash had 32 points and 11 assists to lead Blazer5 Gaming, while G O O F Y 7 5 7 notched 15 points and 11 rebounds. Scretty also had a strong performance with 16 points.
Kings Guard Gaming got off to a strong start in Game 2 as well and led by just two points at the end of the first quarter (19-17), and that two-point advantage was still there by the time the first half came to a close. They began to pull away in the third quarter and outscored their opponents by six points (55-47) and completed the getaway performance in the fourth quarter, limiting their rivals to just 16 points but scoring 23 points of their own. As a result, the second game of the series finished with a 78-63 win for Kings Guard Gaming, officially completing the sweep.
Bash was the best player for Blazer5 Gaming and finished with 22 points and 11 assists, while Scretty also scored in double digits and delivered 10 points. G O O F Y 7 5 7 mustered 18 points and 10 rebounds as well.