The 2021 NBA 2K League APAC Invitational, the second of two international tournaments this month carrying draft eligibility stakes, is in the books! This APAC Invitational’s fiery competition continued the tradition from tournaments past, and like the EU draft hopefuls one week ago, the APAC ballers came to hoop like they wanted a SZN 4 roster spot.
Here are a few notes and observations based on what we observed on stream during the weekend event.
DAY 1: Swiss Tournament
11 teams faced off in this weekend’s Swiss Tournament. The top 4 teams once again advanced to Day 2.
2020 APAC Invitational MVP JaeDubb__ put up solid numbers during Day 1 (18 PPG, 14 APG, 57.1 FG%) but his team went 2-2 and barely missed the cut for Day 2. Other returning faces like xiAmMario- and xMiLo played well through all three days of competition.
2K Veterans PH (4-0)
Team Lock Up (2-1)
Run The Trap (3-1)
PLE_Shintarou dominated Day 1 by pouring in 125 total PTS and leading his team 2K Veterans PH to a clean 4-0 record in the gauntlet. He didn’t let up all weekend and finished second overall in EFF (314) behind tournament MVP RealHvzn and fourth in PPG (25.6).
It was a great 1st day in APAC! GG’s to all! Day 2 tomorrow pic.twitter.com/deh1e0CUqE
— Shintarou-2kV (@cruzin_aljon) January 15, 2021
Here were some of the best moments from the Swiss Tournament.
DAY 2: Combine
Twenty players advanced to Day 2’s combine, and like last week’s EU event, the players found themselves on new teams during both sessions of the competition.
PG Waurk led the performance charge with 115 total PTS and 28.8 PPG, and placed third with 31 total AST. xMiLo established himself as the most locked in center during Day 2, finishing first among participating big men in PTS (50), second in REB (19) and first in AST (10). Have a look at some of the best plays of the day.
DAY 3: Elimination Tournament
On elimination day, the top players in the tournament stepped up. The teams were reset once more and aligned with NBA 2K League coaches like we saw during the EU Invitational.
It was here that tournament MVP RealHvzn separated himself. He went to town from beyond the arc, sinking 28 3’s, nearly double the second-most on the day. He led the day in total PTS (111), AST (56), FGM (40) and EFF (137). xMiLo finished second in EFF (94).
Perhaps even more impressive about RealHvzn’s performance was the fact that his team began the day in a 0-1 hole. Team Jonah dropped Game 1 against Team Duane 64-60 and had to defeat Team Len and Team Duane to earn a spot in the finals against Team Derric. He and team Jonah completed a 2-0 sweep in the finals, thanks in great part to RealHvzn’s methodical play.
APAC Champions!! appreciate the @NBA2KLeague & @WRproamleague for running this event for our us, GGs to @youFamousEnough team. S/O @LockUpMilo @vassalIo @Jxhnno @icebvrgslim I love you lads, way to ball out today. & of course thanks to @DaddyJonah for coaching us tonight.
— Harry (@RealHvzn) January 17, 2021
APAC Champions, appreciate the @NBA2KLeague & @WRproamleague for running this event for our region, GGs to @youFamousEnough team. I’m so proud of you boys @RealHvzn @vassalIo @Jxhnno @icebvrgslim & @DaddyJonah for coaching us throughout tonight. 🇦🇺💯 pic.twitter.com/xyQ89bhr0A
— Milo (@LockUpMilo) January 17, 2021
— NBA 2K League (@NBA2KLeague) January 18, 2021
Who Finished at the Top of the Stat Sheets?
Here are your APAC Invitational top performers!
The NBA 2K League will now thoroughly review the performances of the last two Invitationals and check back in the future weeks for formal announcements regarding any draft eligibility.