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Blazer5 Gaming played to their strengths against Pacers Gaming, sending Indianapolis out of THE TIPOFF by shutting down their frontcourt on the boards in a 66-46 rout.
It seemed that Blazer5 Gaming did their homework on WoLF 74, who scored below his Group D average of 23.5 points per game. They also shut down WoLF 74, as well as fellow frontcourt members FrostyTheTruth and TurnerLocksUp, in the battle of the boards, earning 35 rebounds to Pacers Gaming’s 17.
The undefeated Blazer5 Gaming squad were loud in and out of the game in the first quarter, showing up with smash-mouth offense and several defensive stops on their 12-3 run. Pacers Gaming only shot 20 percent through six minutes, missing their first seven shots and only showing life when Swizurk hit a buzzer-beating three to make it 14-9 at the end of the quarter.
Portland expanded their range to the three-point line in the second quarter thanks to Mama Im Dat Man, who hit both of his three-point attempts and had 12 points through 12 minutes. GRANT MONSTER also joined the party with a three of his own, while vGooner on Pacers Gaming continued to unsuccessfully tap the well from deep with a 2-of-8 first half performance.
He, as well as the rest of Pacers Gaming, continued to crumble in the second half, as they ended the contest shooting 19-of-47 from the field. Third-round pick Dat Boy Shotz led Blazer5 Gaming on the stat sheet, posting a double-double with his 14 rebounds and 22 points off 11-of-19 shooting. OneWildWalnut joined him in the double-double club with 16 points and 13 boards.
With the win, Blazer5 Gaming put themselves into a semifinal match against Cavs Legion Gaming Club, who edged out Jazz Gaming 71-70 moments before this game.