Grizz Gaming was back in action on Friday night after falling to Heat Check Gaming Thursday night. With a quick turn around, would Grizz Gaming be able to bounce back and collect their first dub of 2020?
Game one was a series of runs, and who would play defense first. In the first half, Grizz Gaming and Kings Guard Gaming would go back and fourth. At the half game one, the Grizz trailed Sacramento by two. In that first half, Grizz Gaming shot better from the field at 65% but gave up five turnovers to Sacramento’s one and trailed 39-37 after two.
Second half, Grizz Gaming would crumble from the tip at the hands of a Kings run. While keeping the Kings within 10 points throughout the third quarter, Memphis would fall apart in the final frame. Facing a double-digit deficit, the Grizz ran off the rails. Grizz Gaming would fall in game one to Sacramento by a score of 84-68.
The Grizz and Sacramento struggled to score opening up game number two, blocking one another and locking one another up. This led to a low scoring first quarter. For Memphis it was exactly what was needed, as they would lead 11-8 after one.
The second quarter, Grizz Gaming Point Guard “Vandi” and company came out on a mission. Vandi was dishing out assists to teammates and scoring at will. The team looked way more comfortable heading into halftime, leading the Kings 35-23.
The biggest adjustment Grizz Gaming made was putting their defensive captain AuthenticAfrican on the guard full-court after a made basket. Those changes really made a difference on both sides on floor, as Memphis would be able to maintain a double-digit lead heading to the fourth quarter. Memphis would lead 53-40 heading to the final frame of game two.
The Grizz headed into the fourth quarter just needing to maintain that lead, but it wouldn’t last. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Grizz Gaming would crumble under pressure. Sacramento would outscore Memphis 20-5 in the fourth quarter, and drill a three at the end of regulation to win game two by a score of 60-58.
Grizz Gaming will be back in action on Thursday on ESPN 2.