With a new mentality in Memphis, could Grizz Gaming fight their way through a tough pool play featuring Hawks Talon GC and Raptors Uprising GC?
Hawks Talon Game One:
The first half, Grizz Gaming came out like a team that hadn’t played all night versus a team in Hawks Talon GC that had won their first two games. Grizz Gaming trailed the Hawks 17-14 at the end of one, and they fell behind by double-digits in the second quarter. Following a 21-14 second quarter, which the Grizz lost, they trailed 38-28 at the half, and it honestly could’ve been worse. The Grizz would need a huge second half from their two cornerstone guys.
Grizz Gaming came out of the halftime locker rooms firing from three-point land. New Grizz Power Forward Spartan dropped back-to-back three pointers in the third quarter to cut the Hawks Talon GC down to as much as two points, but the Hawks were just oozing with confidence.
Grizz Gaming would fall in game one of their two game series with Hawks Talon 81-72. A tough loss for the Grizz as the Hawks would move on to 3-1 on the night, as a crucial game two sat in front of Grizz Gaming.
.@GrizzGaming has a better second half, but Ceez and company just too much in game one for Hawks Talon.— Brendan Smart (@bsmart21) May 22, 2021
Grizz Gaming falls to Hawks Talon 81-72, as ATL leads Group 5 at 3-0. Grizz and Hawks game 2 tipping off in 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/B3sWWO2oJv
Hawks Talon Game Two:
The Grizzlies found themselves in game two. New sharpshooter Chess2K came out of the gates dropping 11 points in the first quarter on 5/7 shooting. Vandi dished out seven first half dimes. Grizz Gaming dominated the first half of game two, and led the Hawks 48-29.
Vandi and Spartan joined Chess2K in the scoring column as the Grizz would hold their double-digit lead. Vandi would drop 29 points and 13 assists in game two. Spartan would continue his strong shooting presence as well scoring 22 points on 8/12 shooting. Grizz Gaming would take down Hawks Talon GC 94-70 in game two as a big two game series lied ahead against Raptors Uprising GC.
.@Chess2K and @ImVandii dominate the offensive end to @GrizzGaming in game two! The Grizz split their series with the Hawks, and will now take on Raptors Uprising GC at the top of the hour for a two game series to finish out pool play! pic.twitter.com/o9kSsQzrQ1— Brendan Smart (@bsmart21) May 22, 2021
Raptors Uprising GC Game One:
Grizz Gaming has a reputation for starting games/series slow. The first quarter Memphis was down by double-digits, but rallied to cut the Raptors lead to seven at 24-17. The Grizz built on their first quarter rally, and took the lead in the second quarter. The Grizzlies would lead at the half and outscore the Toronto 24-13 in the second frame to lead the Raptors 37-39.
A second half where Vandi continued to dominate had Grizz Gaming up by double-digits on the Raptors heading to the fourth quarter. The Raptors are well seasoned and didn’t give in, grinding their way back into it late in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Grizz, the Raptors ran out of time, and Grizz Gaming would take game one 73-72, as the Grizz needed to finish the job by stealing game two.
Raptors Uprising Game Two:
Vandi took a 40 piece in game one, and just continued his domination in game two against Toronto. “Vandini” made an appearance for the Grizz Gaming team against the Raptors on Friday night. The Grizz as a whole relied on their strengths on the defensive end to control the pace of game two, and stay one step ahead of Toronto.
Grizz Gaming would sweep the 2020 regular season champion Raptors Uprising team on Friday night with a game two victory 81-61. A dominant showing from this Grizz Gaming ball club, as they win their pool and advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in franchise history.
.@GrizzGaming gets three HUGE dubs in a row to finish group play, and tie Hawks Talon at 3-1 in group 5! Shoutout to @langwhitaker, @ImVandii, @Chess2K, @AuthenticAfr, @2KSPARTXN, @JRODTHEGOAT. Hell of a show of resilience tonight from this group ♂️ pic.twitter.com/ixTkyFXPmR— Brendan Smart (@bsmart21) May 22, 2021