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|Warriors Gaming Squad||15||16||14||13||0||58|
Wizards District Gaming (6-6) outlasted a furious push from Warriors Gaming Squad (2-9) to keep their own playoff run alive while simultaneously eliminating Golden State from the running in a 61-58 contest.
Needing a win to keep themselves in the running for the playoffs, the Warriors came out the gate sticking incredibly close to the Wizards during the first half of the game. The first quarter was dead even at 15 points apiece, but the Wizards opened the second quarter with a 7-2 run to take an early lead. As the quarter progressed, though, Type and Vert pushed the Warriors to a nice run of their own to head into the second half down just one point.
To the surprise of no one, this game continued to move along at a snail’s pace as both teams coughed up the ball with painful regularity to the tune of 24 turnovers between the two squad’s by the game’s end. This led to very little scoring on either side as the team tried to string together baskets through the mistakes. As such, the game went down to the wire.
The Wizards were in control down the stretch, nursing a two-possession lead for most of the final few minutes. To their credit, the Warriors never gave up and even had an opportunity to tie the game in the waning seconds of the game, but just couldn’t hit their shots. They missed three shots in the final 10 seconds of the game, which allowed the Wizards to hold on for the win and dash any hopes the Warriors had at the playoffs.
For the Wizards, the MVP was, of course, Boo Painter who took a game-high 21 shots, connecting on 16 of them to put up 36 points in the win. The next closest player to him, however, was Demon JT at just 13 points. This might have allowed them to take down a team like the Warriors, but as the playoffs grow closer, the rest of the team will surely need to step up for this team to survive.