Following a devestating loss on Tuesday night against Mavs Gaming, Grizz Gaming was back in action on Thursday for a season shifting matchup with Blazer5 Gaming.
At the beginning of game one, would be a back and forth affair between Grizz Gaming and Blazer5 Gaming throughout the first quarter. The second quarter would be where Memphis would begin to pull away in game one. Leading by 16 at the half of game one, it felt like Grizz Gaming as a whole were clicking.
AuthenticAfrican and Vandi had themselves a solid first half for Grizz Gaming, combining for 33 first half points and holding Blazer5 Gaming’ star point guard to single digits in the first half. Memphis would head into the intermission with a 16 point advantage.
In the second half, Grizz Gaming just continued their rout of Portland. Pushing their already 16 point lead to over 30 at one point, a early fourth quarter disconnect would give Grizz Gaming a 72-41 victory in game one over Blazer5 Gaming.
Game two, Grizz Gaming got off to a rather slow start and called a quick timeout after going down 11-4 against Portland. Following that early first quarter timeout, the Grizz clawed their way back into it, going on a 7-0 run to tie the game up.
Similar to game two, Grizz Gaming would go on a second quarter run that seperated them enough from Blazer5 Gaming to put doubt back inside Portland’s head. Pushing their second quarter lead to as much as 13 points, Memphis heading into halftime holding a 43-30 lead over Blazer5 Gaming.
The second half would be a different story for Grizz Gaming as Mama Im Dat Man would begin to heat up for Blazer5 Gaming. Outscoring the Grizz by nine points in the third, Memphis was barely holding on to a five point lead heading to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, it felt like Memphis was trying to stop a human flame thrower in Mama. The Blazer5 Gaming Point Guard went off in the second half, and the Portland defense adjusted to Grizz Gaming Point Guard Vandi scoring on the perimeter and forced him to the rim. That hampered Memphis towards the end of game two. Memphis would drop game two by a score of 69-62.
Game three felt like a bad situation for Grizz Gaming given how it began. Vandi was hit with a cold ring early in the first quarter, while Grizz Gaming big man Goofy would shoulder the load for Memphis. An ugly first quarter from both sides is exactly what Memphis would need to get going in the second quarter.
Grizz Gaming would get their offense going in the second quarter of game three. The team was finding open shooters, and due to Goofy getting going in the paint that opened up Authentic and JRod in the corners from three point land. Memphis would win the first half not just in the scoring category but from the three point line. Shooting 5/8 from three, Memphis held a nine point advantage at the half.
Solid first half showing for @GrizzGaming making it their game. Slow, and a defensive showing. Grizz lead 39-30 at the half of game 3. Let’s see if Memphis can attack that same way in the 3rd quarter.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) July 10, 2020
The second half, unlike game two, had Grizz Gaming come out of halftime, and deal with the blows that Blazer5 Gaming would throw. Not only did they deal with what the Blazers would dish out, but they would build their lead up to being insurmountable as Memphis would lead by as much as 20 in the second half.
Grizz Gaming will be back in action next Wednesday night as they take on NetsGC at 6:00 P.M. CT.
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