By: Matt Murphy
Last night, 76ers Gaming Club (GC) debuted at 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, NBA G League players, WNBA players and social media influencers.
In this event, participants compete in the NBA 2K20 MyPark game mode for the chance to play against NBA 2K League teams and a share of a $25,000 prize pool. All 76ers GC players took the court, with teams representing in both the Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One brackets.
76ers GC PS4 Team Presented by U.S. Air Force
1. Ethan “Radiant” White
2. Alexander “Steez” Bernstein
3. Rashann “Scretty” Petty
76ers GC Xbox One Team Presented by U.S. Air Force
1. Christopher “BreadwinnerLA” Lafanette
2. Michael “USERPICK” Albiter
3. Tucker “TuckerLocksUp” Henry
Collectively, the squad won each of its three series last night, dropping only two games along the way in the best-of-three format.
The 76ers GC PS4 team got things started with a 2-0 series sweep of team Toes. 76ers GC missed just one shot in Game 1, shooting 9-of-10 from the field (4-5 3fg) in a 22-7 victory. The team then won Game 2, 23-12, behind 16 points (6-6 fg, 4-4 3fg) from Rashann “Scretty” Petty.
76ers GC then moved on to face TMT in Round 2 of the PS4 bracket. After dropping Game 1 by three points, despite 14 points from Ethan “Radiant” White, 76ers GC pulled out two consecutive wins to capture the series. A big blocked shot by Alexander “Steez” Bernstein led to the game-sealing bucket on offense for 76ers GC in Game 2.
Radiant posted a game-high 13 points (6-9 fg, 1-2 3fg) in a 21-9 victory in Game 3.
Over on the Xbox side, 76ers GC matched up with some familiar faces in the first round. Team Raining Threes featured Michael Bryson and Haywood Highsmith of the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bryson and Highsmith teamed up with WNBA All-Star Chelsea Gray of the Los Angeles Sparks.
The 76ers GC Xbox One squad ultimately defeated Raining Threes, 2-1, in the best-of-three series. However, this HBSE family meeting was highlighted by the all-denim outfit of 76ers GC newcomer Tucker “TuckerLocksUp” Henry, as well as a vicious windmill jam from Christopher “BreadwinnerLA” Lafanette.
Good games, all around.
76ERS GAMING CLUB HEAD COACH AND 2019 NBA 2K LEAGUE COACH OF THE YEAR, JEFF TERRELL
On the start of the tournament and his team’s performance…
Although this is a game mode we don’t normally play, I was pleased to watch our guys compete at the same level that they always do. As a coach, I wanted them to have fun and enjoy the competition. We are excited to have both our PS4 and Xbox teams move on to the second round of the tournament and give 76ers GC fans something to watch and cheer for.
On what he saw out of Delaware Blue Coats players Michael Bryson and Haywood Highsmith…
The highlight of my 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. 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.
76ers GC returns to action on Thursday, April 2 at 10 p.m. ET in both the PS4 and Xbox One brackets. They’ll match up with Sugar Icy Ballas (PS4) and Power DF (Xbox), respectively.
All of the team’s ‘Three for All Showdown’ games will be hosted on 76ers GC’s Twitch page and the tournament’s semifinals and finals will air on the NBA 2K League Twitch and YouTube channels.
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