TORONTO, Canada—The North is starting to heat up!
Raptors Uprising GC, NBA 2K League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, have strung together a season-high three-straight wins following a 2-0 series sweep over Cavs Legion GC to close out Week 6 NBA 2K League action. It was the first time this season Raptors Uprising have won both games against an opponent.
“It feels great to go 2-0, our first 2-0 of the season,” said All Hail Trey following the victories. “We’re finally coming around, playing as a team, playing as a unit on both sides of the floor, communicating, we’re doing all the little things to get the wins.”
In Game 1, Toronto would heavily on two of their stars as Type and Kenny Got Work found themselves in a serious rhythm. While Raptors Uprising trailed by five heading into the fourth quarter after a back-and-forth start to the game, the play of Kenny and Type would see a 12-point swing as Toronto would lead by seven with just minutes to play.
Credit to Cleveland, however, they were not going to back down, clawing back into this one as 2018 second-overall pick oFab would score two of his game-high 35 points in the dying seconds to force overtime.
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In the overtime period, much like the rest of this game, we would see a seesaw battle with several lead changes. Ultimately, it would be Cavs Legion with the final possession trailing by one, but with oFab trying to penetrate the lane and find an open man, Raptors Uprising’s defence would stand tall and get a stop to see out the one-point victory.
Type and reigning MVP Kenny Got Work combined for 55 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, with Type posting a season-high 30 points in the win—his highest total since joining Raptors Uprising in the offseason.
Raptors Uprising (5-13) would carry that momentum over into Game 2, quickly jumping out to an early 12-point lead with Kenny Got Work scoring all 12 of the team’s points. Once again, Cleveland would bounce back as oFab’s 10 points to close out the quarter would help his side level the game at 19 after one.
Despite Kenny’s solid play continuing in the second quarter, scoring 20 points and adding five assists at the half, Cavs Legion (5-13) would still maintain a slim one-point lead heading into the break. A low-scoring third quarter would see Cleveland carry a three-point lead into the final frame, but that’s when Toronto would take over.
The team from the North would outscore Cleveland 19-10 in the fourth quarter, limiting their opponents to just 23 second-half points, as a sturdy Raptors Uprising defence would prevail to ultimately give Toronto the six-point victory in Game 2.
Kenny Got Work would finish with 33 points, eight assists and three rebounds and Type filled the stat sheet, recording 19 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
“I would say our communication (has improved) and we’re more determined to get these wins, to turn the season around, because there’s a lot of games left, and we’re far from being (eliminated) from any playoffs, anything like that,” said All Hail Trey.
“We needed that break to go home, to reset, and come back locked in,” he added. “Like you said, we’ve won our last three games, so we’re just going to keep rolling going into THE TURN.”
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For All Hail Trey, every victory is important the rest of the way, but this victory in particular felt even sweeter seeing as it was against his former team. The Arkansas native was traded from Cavs Legion to Raptors Uprising earlier this offseason and this was a game he had been looking forward to for a while.
“Most definitely I had that circled on the calendar,” said All Hail Trey. “My former teammates, Strainer and Godof2K, I owed them. I’m not going to lie, I owed them for these two wins. It felt good getting those two wins over my former team.”
Up next, Raptors Uprising, winners of three straight, will try and ride that momentum into THE TURN Tournament with $260,000 up for grabs. The team will play on Wednesday in the single-elimination competition, and as the defending champions—and after a slow start to the year—the team feels like they have something to prove heading into this one.
“There’s $260,000 on the line. We’re going to be coming in hungry,” said All Hail Trey. “We’ve got a lot to prove because teams in the league don’t fear us, so we’ve got to put ourselves back on the map.”