Grizz Gaming (3-4) led wire-to-wire for the second time in as many days to defeat Hawks Talon GC (3-3), 62-51 on Friday evening in the NBA 2K League Studio powered by Intel.
Grizz Gaming were efficient on offense, making 23-of-37 (.621) shots in the game, including 9-of-15 (.600) three-pointers, while also handing out 19 assists. Hawks Talon GC finished shooting a solid 22-for-43 (.511) overall, but made only 5-of-14 (.357) threes.
Grizz almost had all five players score in double-digits for the second-straight game. Vandi led all scorers with 17 points (7-12 FG) while also dishing out a game-high 10 assists to earn a double-double. AuthenticAfrican just missed out on a double-double of his own, finishing with nine points, 12 boards, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Jayrod added 13 points (3-6 3P) and four assists, while DDouble also had 13 points (5-7 FG) to go with a couple steals. UniversalPhenom rounded out the scoring effort with 10 points and three rebounds.
Hawks Talon GC struggled in the opening quarter, making just 3-of-12 (0-4 3P) shots. Grizz Gaming wasn’t much better, going 4-for-9 (0-1 3P) from the floor, but made all four free throws in the period. Vandi connected on a midrange jumper with 0.5 seconds left in the quarter to put Grizz Gaming up 12-6. Grizz Gaming applied defensive pressure in the second quarter, forcing Hawks Talon GC into four turnovers during the second period, and held them to 7-for-21 (.333) field goal shooting in the first half, to build a 29-18 lead at halftime.
Hawks Talon GC recovered in the third quarter, trimming Grizz Gaming’s lead to as close as five (39-34), but Vandi activated his Takeover meter late in the period to boost the offense and push the lead to 45-34 heading into the fourth quarter. Grizz got hot from long range during the final frame, making 4-of-5 (.800) triples to put the game away.
Arsonal recorded a double-double, leading Hawks Talon GC with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds while handing out four assists. Jay a Fool chipped in with 13 points, while MrStylez_ added 11 and a team-high five dimes. Dat Boy Shotz, who entered tonight leading Hawks Talon GC in scoring at 17.5 points per game, finished with 10 points (4-10 FG).
Grizz Gaming will have a bye next week and resume play on Wednesday, May 29 with a double-header, starting with Wizards District Gaming at 5 p.m. CT and then against Raptors Uprising GC at 8 p.m. CT.