PHILADELPHIA – APRIL 4, 2020 – Last night, 76ers Gaming Club (GC), the NBA 2K League team of the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment portfolio, fell to Huh Nation, 3-2, in a best-of-five series in the finals of the NBA 2K League’s first-ever ‘NBA 2KL Three for All Showdown,’ an online 3-on-3 tournament featuring fan-organized teams, top female 2K players, G League players, WNBA players and social media influencers. As the furthest-advancing NBA 2K League team in the PS4 bracket, 76ers GC earned $3,500 of the $25,000 tournament prize pool.
In last night’s semifinals of the PS4 bracket, 76ers GC bounced back from a 21-14 loss to Magic Gaming in Game 1 of a best-of-three series to capture two consecutive wins and advance to the finals. The ‘Three for All Showdown’ was completed in the NBA 2K20 MyPark game mode and each matchup was a best-of-three series excluding the finals, which were a best-of-five set. In Game 2 of the semifinals, Rashann “Scretty” Petty (14 points, 5-5 fg, 4-4 3fg) and 2019 regular-season MVP Finalist Ethan “Radiant” White (7 points, 3-3 fg, 1-1 3fg) combined to shoot a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in a 21-7 victory. Radiant continued his strong play in Game 3 by posting 11 points (5-7 fg, 1-1 3fg) and five assists, while Alexander “Steez” Bernstein added nine points (4-6 fg, 1-3 3fg) and five rebounds in the 22-16 series-clinching win.
76ers GC captured the first two games of the finals against Huh Nation, before ultimately finishing as the runners-up in the 42-team PS4 bracket. 76ers GC missed only one field goal attempt in a 22-16 Game 1 win, shooting 10-of-11 from the field as a team. Radiant (4-4 fg, 1-1 3fg) and Steez (4-5 fg, 1-2 3fg) each posted nine points in the victory. 76ers GC defeated Huh Nation, 21-11, in Game 2. Huh Nation responded with a 21-16 win in Game 3 and a 23-17 win in Game 4, despite Steez’s 12 points (6-6 fg) for 76ers GC. The decisive Game 5 went Huh Nation’s way, 22-13.
“I’m very proud of how our players competed in the ‘Three for All Showdown,’ 76ers GC Head Coach and 2019 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Jeff Terrell said. “Our guys played really well in their respective brackets and both teams fell to opponents that are very good at Park mode in 2K.”
“It was great that the NBA 2K League hosted this event. It helped us engage and reconnect with our fans during this time. This event also gave us the chance to reach a new audience in the Park community. It’s always great to spread awareness about our league and we have done a great job at doing that!”
PS4: 76ers GC def. Toes, 2-0
PS4: 76ers GC def. tmt, 2-1
Xbox One: 76ers GC def. Raining Threes, 2-1
ROUND OF 16
PS4: 76ers GC def. Sugar Icy Ballas, 2-0
Xbox One: Power DF def. 76ers GC, 2-1
PS4: 76ers GC def. Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, 2-1
PS4: 76ers GC def. Magic Gaming, 2-1
PS4: Huh Nation def. 76ers GC, 3-2
Michael Bryson and Haywood Highsmith of the Delaware Blue Coats, the Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA G League affiliate, participated in the Xbox One bracket of the tournament alongside Chelsea Gray of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Team ‘Raining Threes’ matched up with 76ers GC on Wednesday.
“The highlight of the first night was the HBSE showdown with Michael Bryson and Haywood Highsmith of the Delaware Blue Coats, a team which is part of the Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment family,” Terrell said. “They both played well with very little practice, I’m sure. Michael hit about six threes and Haywood was controlling the game from the point guard spot.”
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All 76ers GC players participated in the event, with teams representing in both the PS4 and Xbox One brackets.
76ers GC PS4 Team Presented by U.S. Air Force
- Ethan “Radiant” White
- Alexander “Steez” Bernstein
- Rashann “Scretty” Petty
76ers GC Xbox One Team Presented by U.S. Air Force
- Christopher “BreadwinnerLA” Lafanette
- Michael “USERPICK” Albiter
- Tucker “TuckerLocksUp” Henry