On To The Next One: Raptors Uprising GC drop season opener to NBL Oz Gaming

Despite taking Game 1 in dramatic fashion, Raptors Uprising GC fell 3-1 in their 2023 season opener to the NBA 2K League’s Australian-based team, NBL Oz Gaming (22-20, 14-21, 16-22, 17-21).

This new-look Toronto squad got their first taste of competitive action together, and although the series did not go their way, Raptors Uprising still has lots to learn and look forward to over the course of the season.

Haam, Mooch and Gazulli were new head coach Roy Krishnan’s starting three as season 6ix finally got underway.

Game 1 saw both teams come out strong, but it was Oz who had a golden opportunity to win at 20-20. Yet, some poor play saw Toronto be able to capitalize and ultimately win 22-20.

Momentum may have been on Toronto’s side coming into Game 2, but Oz had a fire in their belly right from the start, and they convincingly leveled the series at 1-1.

Similar stories in Games 3 and 4 led to Oz recording comfortable victories to win the series 3-1 and hand Raptors Uprising a opening defeat in The Slam Open.

On the stats front, Mooch led the team in points and assists with 32 and eight respectively, while Haam and Gazulli co-led in rebounds with four each.

Post-series, Haam spoke on how it’s always tough when your gameplan does not bode well against one of the best teams in the NBA 2K League, but how he and his teammates still have lots of work to do ahead of a long season.

Given the nature of this current Raptors Uprising squad, Haam also discussed how he would like to step up as leader within the group in spite of the entire roster being new to the team.

Up next, Raptors Uprising take on Pacers Gaming this Friday, March 10th, with Game 1 of the series scheduled for 7:30pm ET.

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