|Heat Check Gaming||15||15||18||20||68|
|Celtics Crossover Gaming||20||16||12||17||65|
In what is quickly becoming a trend, Heat Check Gaming (5-4) won another heated affair, defeating Celtics Crossover Gaming (5-5) 68-65 on Friday.
One week after besting Jazz Gaming and their most outspoken member, Tifeworld, Heat Check Gaming utilized a similar strategy against MEL EAST and Celtics Crossover Gaming. That strategy ended up seeing Heat Check celebrating on the divider table after the game having survived a late push from Celtics Crossover, as the team held the pivotal small forward to zero points.
You wouldn’t have guessed Heat Check Gaming would find the momentum if you just watched the first quarter, however, as oFAB and company blitzed out to an early advantage. Multiple first quarter three pointers from the Celtics Crossover point guard seemed to give them the early edge, and it didn’t get any rosier through the second quarter as oFAB continued to provide a serviceable amount of offense.
Thanks to the new archetype changes, though, Heat Check Gaming small forward Hotshot kept with oFAB stride for stride offensively, registering nine points in the opening 12 minutes before finishing with a team-high 25. Utilizing a dominating quick first step and a variety of powerful dunks, Heat Check worked its entire offense off of Hotshot’s first half success – opening the door for a tiny amount of three point opportunities coupled with mid range jumpers from 24k Dropoff. That essentially became the difference maker as oFAB’s scoring assault tailed off in the second half while Celtics Crossover Gaming failed to foster much additional firepower. While center ARSONAL x did score 12 points in the second half, the combination of MEL EAST, Speedbrook and Profusion tallied just four points combined in the final two frames, ultimately leading Celtics Crossover to a middling seeding entering THE TICKET.