In heartbreaking fashion, Raptors Uprising GC suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat (23-19, 13-21, 20-23, 16-21) to the Gen.G Tigers in the first round of the Steal Open.
The defeat means that Toronto’s 3v3 season is now over, with focus shifting back to 5v5 ahead of The Ticket.
For the first time since THE TIPOFF, Raptors Uprising was back in Indy, but sadly, the squad was without FantaSZN due to the rookie guard testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week prior to making the trip.
Nonetheless, Fanta, alongside Big Saint and Type, were the trio that head coach Kevin Franklin trusted to get the job done in order to stay in contention for a place in the 3v3 Championships.
Despite being without Fanta in person, Toronto could not have gotten off to a better start, as they recorded a 23-19 victory in Game 1 to draw first blood.
With momentum on Raptors Uprising’s side early, the squad had their sights set on staying in control in Game 2. Yet, Gen.G rallied and leveled things up in the series via 21-13 win.
Game 3 proved to be the most tightly contested on the night, with Gen.G narrowly coming away with a 23-20 win in spite of a bold fight by Toronto.
Raptors Uprising’s 3v3 season then ended in Game 4, with Gen.G sealing a 3-1 series win following a 21-16 victory in the final game.
On the night, Fanta led the team in scoring with 31 points across the four games, while Type was not far off with 27.
Fanta was also the team’s assists leader with 18. Type led the rebounding category with eight, and Saint put up two blocks during the series.
3v3 is now officially in the books for 2022, and focus now returns to 5v5, where Raptors Uprising will face Magic Gaming in the first round of The Ticket on Friday, August 12th. Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm EST.
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