Grizz Gaming, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, fell 2-1 in a best-of-three series against Hawks Talon GC (2-1) Wednesday night, moving to 0-2 on the regular season.
Vandi’s (Zach Vandivier) 43 points weren’t enough in game one as Hawks Talon GC led almost wire-to-wire. The game was in reach throughout, but a quick start from the Hawks led to a 74-63 defeat. Kel (Mykel Wilson), who spent part of last season with Grizz Gaming, led Hawks Talon GC with 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting.
The second game looked like more of the same as the Hawks jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead. However, Grizz Gaming would go on a 10-0 run that led to a 14-14 tie after the opening frame. The game stayed close deep into the third quarter until Jrod (Justin Rodriguez) knocked down a three-pointer to take a 41-40 lead. Hawks Talon GC responded by closing the quarter on a 7-0 run. Grizz Gaming picked up the win on a 19-7 advantage in the fourth quarter, including 15 points from Vandi who finished with 31 for the game.
The rubber match saw a 17-7 second quarter propel Hawks Talon GC to a 75-57 victory. DDouble (Daniel Davis) recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bp (Michael Diaz-Cruz) and Kel combined for 58 of the Hawks’ 75 points.
Grizz Gaming returns to action on Friday, May 22 against Heat Check Gaming at 8:30 p.m. CT for the NBA 2K League Game of the Week. Fans can tune in on the ESPN app as well as the league’s Twitch and YouTube channels and the Grizz Gaming Twitch channel.