iv>Thursday evening saw 76ers GC begin its tournament run with a 68-56 victory over No. 8 Hawks Talon Gaming in the round of 16. 76ers GC got out to a fast start, outscoring Hawks Talon GC, 37-16, in the first half, while committing just two turnovers to the Hawks’ nine. Never allowing Hawks Talon GC to come within single digits in the game’s final 12 minutes, 76ers GC used efficient play to close out the contest.
No. 9 76ers Gaming Club (GC) fell to No. 7 Warriors Gaming Squad, 58-39, in the finals of THE TURN Powered by AT&T at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, the first time league games have taken place outside the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City. This marked the third tournament finals appearance 76ers GC has made after winning the THE TIPOFF in consecutive seasons.
76ers GC point guard Ethan “Radiant” White was named the Intel Player of the Game as he scored a season-high 31 points (including regular season and tournament play) to go along with seven assists, while connecting on 13-of-24 (.541) from field and 4-of-7 (.571) from beyond the arc. He has made at least one three-point field goal in every game this season.
Advancing to the quarterfinals, 76ers GC faced off against No. 18 Celtics Crossover Gaming, the third meeting between the two teams this season. Just like the first two matchups, 76ers GC came out on top in a closely contested affair, 58-52. Leading by one with less than minute left, Radiant, the Intel Player of the Game, knocked down a 27-foot three-pointer, which proved to be the game winner.
A defensive battle early on, it was 76ers GC shooting guard Rashann “ZDS” Petty’s long-range shooting that kept 76ers GC in it as he accounted for half of the team’s points in the opening frame. The Indianapolis native finished with 14 points, 12 of which came on shots from three-point range. He closed out THE TURN with a team-best 14 three-pointers.
The semifinals presented 76ers GC with the highest-seeded opponent they would face in the tournament in No. 4 Bucks Gaming. 76ers GC held the lead for the majority of the first three periods until Bucks Gaming pulled ahead with 27.9 seconds left in the third quarter. From there, 76ers GC took a 9-0 run into the fourth quarter and would ultimately outscore the Bucks, 17-9, in the game’s final frame.
76ers GC center Alexander “Steez” Bernstein received Intel Player of the Game honors, thanks to his stat line of 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and one block. Steez connected on all six of his attempts from the field and made seven shots from the charity stripe, the most by a 76ers GC player this season across all competitions.
In the finals, 76ers GC ran into a team that could not miss in the first quarter. No. 7 Warriors Gaming Squad made seven of its first 10 attempts from the floor and built a lead that 76ers GC could not recover from despite a point differential of just eight in periods two through four.
Radiant posted a double-double (13 points, 11 assists) in the championship game and finished the tournament averaging 22.8 points and 8.8 assists per contest, while shooting .730 from the field and .500 from three-point range.