Raptors Uprising GC began their 2018 campaign with three games on Thursday in the NBA 2K League TIPOFF tournament. Uprising GC went 1-2 in the group stage, which was unfortunately not enough to qualify for the playoff round.
“The NBA 2K League TIPOFF Tournament was a success overall,” said MLSE’s Esports Manager Shane Talbot,” Our team showed its potential, but came up short due to a competitive group, some mismatched archetype selections, and more than a few correctable mistakes.”
Uprising played their inaugural game against Magic Gaming. Point Guard Kenny scored the first basket in team history with a strong drive and finish off the glass with his left.
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The performer of game one was the hometown kid, Center Yusuf_Scarbz. Yusuf went to work down low scoring a team-high 28 points and picking up 15 boards. The Raps took game one by a score of 68-51.
“In game 1 we came out a bit shaky, due to the nerves of playing on the biggest stage of our lives, no doubt, but settled into our game in the 2nd half,” said Talbot.
The second game of the day pitted the Raptors against 76ers GC. Uprising struggled early and ultimately couldn’t make up the deficit falling 70-57.
“We felt confident that we had the solution to 76ers GC tendency to run a 5-out offense after Blazer5 Gaming got the best of them,” explained Talbot “but we learned an important lesson about archetype selection and fell apart in our own zone leaving far too many open 3s.”
Raptors Uprising went into the final match of the day needing a win over the undefeated Blazer5 Gaming. The Raptors came out early going shot for shot with the high-powered Blazer5 offense.
It was a nail-biter of a game and the Raps ended up with the ball with 11.8 seconds left, down two points, the game in their hands. After a timeout, the Raps set play was broken up and a loose ball was picked up by Detoxys who called a timeout with 3.6 left.
However, the Raptors were called for an illegal screen before the ball was inbounded which sealed the game for Blazer5.
Raptors Uprising’s fate was now in the hands of Magic Gaming who needed a win against 76ers GC in the final match of the group. Heartbreakingly, Magic Gaming was knocked off by a last minute three, sealing the Raptors fate.
“In the end, we played great at times, and poor at others,” said Talbot, “We know far more about the meta of this new game than we did coming into the tournament, and we’re going to get to work correcting our mistakes as soon as we touch back down in Toronto.”