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Kings Guard Gaming shook off their TIPOFF bugaboo, surviving a late rally from Jazz Gaming to claim a 68-66 win during Week 1 of the regular season.
Despite a 1-2 record during pool play at THE TIPOFF last weekend, Kings Guard Gaming (1-0) entered Saturday’s match with high expectations given they had amassed double-digit leads during each one of their aforementioned battles, only to fall apart in the second half.
It was almost a deja vu scenario once more, as Kings Guard Gaming entered the third quarter with a 54-53 advantage, thanks in large part to the heroics of cowboyxcollazo who scored 12 points off of 5-of-6 attempts from the field during the quarter.
But the resilient efforts of Jazz Gaming (0-1) were evident in the fourth quarter, as Utah simply wouldn’t go away. Neither team ever held a lead higher than six points throughout the 24 minutes, but it sure looked like Sacramento was nearing a chance to break free, only for a critical rebound from Jazz Gaming center MrSlaughter01 leading to a clutch three pointer from Smoove to put the deficit at two with two minutes remaining.
With both teams trading baskets as the clock continued to wind down, a tipped pass by Stambreezy – who started his first game of the NBA 2K League on Saturday – set the stage for a game-tying windmill slam by MrSlaughter with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
But Kings Guard Gaming shook off the near debacle, capitalizing on positive ball movement to set up an elbow jumper for point guard TimelyCook, who calmly knocked down the game-winning bucket. It’s a promising win for the Kings given their struggles throughout THE TIPOFF. They’ll take on Cavs Legion GC next Saturday, while Jazz Gaming will try and shake off the loss in time for a critical contest against Cleveland later this evening.