Despite Victory, Orlando Unable to Advance in THE TURN
Just one night after suffering a heartbreaking three-point loss to Hawks Talon GC where they were unable to hit critical shots down the stretch, Magic Gaming was able to flip the script on Friday night. With the game tied and the clock ticking down, point guard Christopher “Duck” Charles found power forward Robert “May” May in the corner for a game-winning triple with 0.5 seconds left to give Magic Gaming a thrilling 69-66 victory over Heat Check Gaming.
“He’s pretty reliable in any state of the game,” said Magic Gaming General Manager and Head Coach Jonah Edwards. “I know he’ll be credited for the game-winning shot, but I think the biggest play he made was a steal on the roll earlier in the second half. When you’re able to steal on the roll pass a couple of times and get what I would call a fluky stop, it can really disrupt the flow of the opposing team’s point guard.”
Unfortunately for Orlando, despite the win, they were unable to advance in THE TURN, and their run in the NBA 2K League’s second 5v5 tournament of the season came to an end.
Duck led the way for Orlando with 23 points to go along with five assists.
Small forward Matt “Matty” Grant gave Magic Gaming a boost offensively in the first half, scoring 14 of his 19 points before the break, while playing high-end defense in the second half, and racking up five steals.
“His energy was high too, something you don’t necessarily get to see on the game,” said May of Orlando’s lockdown defender. “That definitely helps the room. He was such a threat offensively that they ended up switching the center onto him and putting the point guard on me towards the end of the game. Defensively, especially in the second half, he was anticipating steals and getting them. Then, we’d get out in transition, and I think that was a major factor to our win.”
Shooting guard Justin “Snubby” Stemerman tallied 11 points and six assists, center Blaine “BigReign” Wilson added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and May finished with six points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Miami point guard Sten “SAV” Aleksander Valge-Saar posted game-highs in points (31) and assists (eight).
Magic Gaming will have next week off from game action as the league wraps up THE TURN. However, the team will still be hard at work in preparation for the 2KL’s second 3v3 tournament of the season, the SWITCH OPEN, which will tip off on June 14.
Quote to Note:
“We are going to take a little break here, but for the most part, we’ll certainly get right back at it next week while teams are in Indianapolis (wrapping up THE TURN). A lot of the (other teams) will be back home getting ready for the 3v3 tournament. We liked our momentum at the end of the last 3v3 tournament. I know we went out with a loss against Handlez at the very end, but we think we can be really, really competitive in 3v3, especially with Duck getting a full practice time with us, instead of him (arriving via trade) on a game day and only having four days of practice in total.” – Edwards on his team’s outlook for next week
Where to Watch:
Fans can watch games live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. Games will also be available on Dash Radio, eGG Network in Southeast Asia, Loco in India, and Sport1 in Europe.