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Blazer5 Gaming (8-1) rallied to win a pivotal game over Cavs Legion GC (6-4), registering a 64-53 win to conclude Friday’s slate of games.
One week after their first regular season loss, Blazer5 Gaming quelled any speculation that they might be a team limping into THE TICKET, knocking off a Cavs Legion squad that could have come within a half game of their Friday opposition in the standings with a victory.
It certainly wasn’t easy, as both teams battled for buckets throughout the four quarters. The scouting report was clear from both sides, as Blazer5 and Cavs Legion seemed hellbent to take away each other’s strengths. A team that has thrived with a space-and-pace offense, Cavs Legion’s half-court offense was stymied throughout the opening 12 minutes, relying on a plethora or fast break opportunities to score the majority of their buckets. Those opportunities were uncharacteristically yielded by Blazer5 thanks to seven first half turnovers. And the few times Blazer5 managed to keep possession of the ball, missed three-pointers gave way to long rebounds and outlet passes as Cavs Legion continued to build their advantage with quick strike scores.
Those chances evaporated in the second half as Blazer5 slowly but surely began to get their feet underneath them. Long considered one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the league, Blazer5 Gaming finally began to break through what was thought to be an impenetrable rebounding unit of Cavs Legion in the fourth quarter. Capitalizing on at least three second chance scoring opportunities, Blazer5 Gaming finally registered a lead in the final six minutes of the game, connecting on a handful of three-pointers while also holding their opposition to just six fourth quarter points. A three-pointer at the end of the third quarter ultimately seemed to be the Blazer5 offensive ignitor, as the team went on a 25-6 run to end the game.
As a result of the victory, Blazer5 Gaming will have an opportunity to claim a No. 1 seed for THE TICKET depending on the outcome of Pacers Gaming vs. 76ers GC. Cavs Legion GC will await their tournament fate with a number of high profile games set to take place Saturday.