ORLANDO — Magic Gaming headed into their matchup with Cavs Legion GC striving for better offensive rhythm and balance. While Orlando displayed an improved offensive output in stretches, it struggled to maintain it consistently in a 2-1 series loss to Cleveland on Tuesday.
The Magic’s combo of Brendan “Reizey” Hill and Daniel “DT” Tlais delivered in Game 1 as Orlando earned a 59-54 victory.
Reigning Rookie of the Year Reizey posted game highs in points (29), assists (10) and steals (three), while DT added 18 points and eight boards. The duo also delivered down the stretch, combining for 11 of Orlando’s 14 fourth-quarter points.
The other three points came courtesy of a clutch game-sealing triple from Robert “May” May, who also impacted the contest with seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
“The biggest highlight of game one was May again,” Magic Gaming Head Coach Jonah Edwards said. “He played exceptional and made a huge impact on defense and rebounding.”
In Game 2, Reizey continued to put up points at a torrid pace. Magic Gaming’s floor general erupted for a contest-best 37 points.
However, Orlando was unable to slow down Cleveland’s point guard and center combination.
Cavs Legion GC point guard William “Strainer” Morales posted 26 points and nine assists and big man Timothy “oLarry” Anselimo added 21 points, 17 rebounds and six assists as Cleveland topped Orlando, 67-55.
“We over adjusted,” Edwards said. “We had a desire to take away one thing, whether it was the paint or the three. We’d worry about Strainer and then Larry would dunk, and then we’d be worried about Larry the next play and Strainer would get a three.”
While Magic Gaming struck better offensive balance in Game 3, it still struggled to maintain rhythm and flow in a 64-47 defeat.
Reizey led the attack with 23 points, while Daniel “djbama” Burge, who got his first start of the series in place of Alex “Profusion” Snowden, added 14. DT tallied eight points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals.
Cavs Legion GC’s primary ball handler gave Magic Gaming trouble once again as Strainer put up a game-high 33 points, while knocking down 12 of his 17 attempts from the floor and four of his seven tries from long distance.
Magic Gaming returns to action on Tuesday, June 2 when they go head-to-head with NetsGC at 7 p.m. ET.
“We’re going to work on being a team,” Edwards said. “I know that seems hard to believe since we’ve had months of preparation and practice, but it is what it is. You should expect a whole different lineup, a whole different style, a whole different Magic Gaming come Tuesday against Brooklyn.”