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In a battle between two teams that define the 2K League meta, the 76ers Gaming Club pushed past Wizards District Gaming 70-67 to advance to THE TURN semifinals.
Both teams used a pick and roll offense to feed their big men, with the 76ers heavily relying on Steez early in the first half. Although the Wizards gameplan usually rolls through Boo Painter, Washington kept feeding a red-hot Demon JT, who scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Not to be outdone, Boo Painter found his momentum in the second half, where he scored the majority of his 32 points. His performance looked MVP-like outside of the fourth quarter, where he and his team could not clutch up against the 76ers.
After Jin slammed one in to put the Wizards up 67-65, Radiant found Newdini’s assignment lost in a shuffle and sent the ball over to his teammate who hit the triple. Steez then posterized XGREATXGILLY13 with 18 second left to play to give the 76ers a three-point lead that would not be broken by Boo Painter nor Jin, who both put up unsuccessful game-tying three-point attempts.
Outside of iFEAST and Radiant shooting a combined 15-of-17 from the field, Radiant’s offensive performance against Wizards District Gaming stood out due to his ability to facilitate Philadelphia’s offense and knock down shots from beyond the arc. He ended the game with 23 points, shot 5-of-8 from three-point range and racked up 15 assists.
The 76ers Gaming Club’s quest to add another piece to their 2K League banner will continue later on Saturday when they face the winner of Mavs Gaming and Celtics Crossover Gaming in THE TURN semifinals.