Grizz Gaming lost for the first time in regular season play via a 62-52 decision against Cavs Legion GC Saturday at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel. Grizz Gaming is now 1-1 on the season.
Cavs Legion GC opened the game with a 12-4 lead before Grizz Gaming went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to one. A fastbreak dunk by the Cavs with five seconds remaining would give them a 16-13 lead after the opening frame. The team from Cleveland would extend the lead to five (28-23) by halftime. Grizz Gaming had a solid half defensively, forcing Cavs Legion GC to shoot 11-of-26 from the field, but the Cavs dominated the offensive glass and seemed to have an answer every time the Grizz made it a one-possession game.
Despite a couple of threes from Troy Minott II (T H R E A T) early in the third and an and-one from Mehyar Ahmed-Hassan (AuthenticAfrican) that cut the deficit to 37-34, Cavs Legion GC continued their rebounding ways and went on a 13-2 run before taking a 48-38 lead into the final period. Ultimately, Cleveland’s team outrebounded Memphis 25-15.
AuthenticAfrican again led Grizz Gaming with 21 points while logging six assists, four rebounds and two blocks on 10-of-15 shooting. T H R E A T (12 points) and Antonio Saldivar (UniversalPhenom) also scored in double figures. UniversalPhenom finished two boards shy of a double-double (10 points, eight rebounds).
Cavs Legion GC had a big day in the front court. Gerald Knapp (Sick x 973) had a game-high 24 points (11-15 FG) to go with 12 rebounds and four assists. Marcus Glenn (Godddof2k) also had a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) as the duo combined for 23 of the team’s 25 rebounds. Christopher Tracey (Savage) made his 2K League debut at point guard and put up 18 points and seven assists.
Grizz Gaming continues regular season play next Saturday, May 26 with a doubleheader in Week 3 action. The team will match up with Kings Guard Gaming at 3 p.m. CT before taking on Jazz Gaming at 6 p.m. CT. Both games will be played at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City.