The Blazer5 Big Three could not be stopped by Magic Gaming, as Portland dominated Orlando 86-70 to advance to THE TURN semifinals. This is the third time this year that Blazer5 beat the Magic.
The trio of Mama Im Dat Man, Dat Boy Shotz and OneWildWalnut established Portland’s offense early, rolling into the paint with ease to take high percentage shots. On defense, they smothered their assignments, only allowing Magic Gaming to shoot 42 percent from the field. At the half, Blazer5 led 39-27, with Shotz and Dat Man scoring more points combined than the entire Orlando roster.
Magic Gaming looked deflated after the break, passing the ball right to Blazer5 players while Shotz and Walnut routinely picked up second chance points. They tried to stack the paint in an effort to cool the Blazer5 frontcourt down, but that left the perimeter wide open for Lavish_phenom and Dat Man to rain in threes.
The Magic started to hit a few three-pointers of their own in the fourth quarter, but their attempt at a surge was too little, too late. Although Walnut had a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds and Shotz had a similarly strong game, Dat Man earned Intel Performance of the Game honors for putting up 30 points and 14 assists.
Blazer5 Gaming will face the winner of Knicks Gaming and Warriors Gaming Squad in THE TURN semifinals.