Reset and Refocus: Raptors Uprising GC eliminated from the Switch following defeat to Gamers First Longhorns

Raptors Uprising GC’s Switch campaign has come to an end after they fell in yet another five-game thriller, this time at the hands of amateur team Gamers First Longhorns (21-15, 24-26, 22-13, 15-21, 14-23).

With bracket play now done for Toronto, the squad will now begin to look ahead to the Steal, which is set to begin on May 5th.

Mooch returned to the lineup for Raptors Uprising after BallLikeSeem took his place against Heat Check Gaming a day prior.

His presence was immediately felt in Game 1 as Toronto took it in convincing fashion. Despite narrowly dropping Game 2, Raptors Uprising then moved within one of a series victory after winning Game 3 via a 22-13 scoreline.

Yet, a collapse in Games 4 and 5 saw Toronto suffer a disappointing 3-2 series defeat, capped off by a 23-14 loss in the fifth and final game.

Mooch dropped 47 points on his return to the lineup, while Haam put up 25 of his own. Gazulli was also in double digits on the night with 16 points.

After the series, head coach Roy Krishnan offered a sincere apology to the fans and viewers.

“I just want to apologize, to the 6IX 2K Club especially, because I see a lot of people supporting us and we probably have the most support in the NBA 2K League, so I wanted to apologize to the fans watching us night in and night out.”

“We see your support, we love your support and the fact you all stick by this team as we go through the ebbs and flows of the season means a lot to me.”

“Moments like this force you to take a good, hard look in the mirror and say ‘we need to be better’ and ‘we need to wake up.”

Krishnan then spoke on the squad’s state of mind following elimination.

“It’s brutal the way they’re losing right now, and they’re going to go home and think about every single one of these losses.”

“When you go out and have the series in hand and you end up beating yourself, that’s the major disappointment, and it seems to be our major pitfall.

“Every single one of them is struggling with their self-identity, but that’s because they care a lot.”

“We have guys that are going to fight, scratch, and claw to become a better product on and off the court. This is the wake up call we needed.”

Raptors Uprising will have just over two weeks to reset and refocus before the start of the Steal on Friday, May 5th.

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