In a game that could have gone either way, Raptors Uprising GC fell to a 66-55 defeat at the hands of Celtics Crossover Gaming.
Riding the high of the squad’s tournament-opening victory over Hornets Venom GT, Toronto were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, ultimately missing the chance to become the only team in their group to go 2-0.
After an even start to the first quarter, it was the Celtics who eventually pulled away to establish a six-point lead before Raptors Uprising bounced back in the second to narrow the deficit to just two points at halftime.
Despite a strong finish to the first half, Boston was able to increase their lead in the third to seven points.
In the fourth quarter, the team was unable to spark a fightback as they finished the game 11 points adrift of their Eastern Conference rival.
For the second straight game, BallLikeSeem led the team in scoring, putting up 18 on the night. Mooch was the only other player in double figures, dropping 17.
Both Seem and Mooch finished the game with double-doubles after recording 15 rebounds and 10 assists, respectively.
Following the loss, head coach Roy Krishnan reflected on his team’s performance.
“I think we did our part on the offensive end to neutralize the guard scoring, but it just came down to us hitting shots.”
“There are going to be games like this, like in any sport or esport, where you get a lot of open looks and you just don’t hit them.”
“There’s going to be nights, weeks, and months like this, but it’s about persevering through it and learning from it.”
Krishnan also spoke on the importance of resetting and refocusing before the squad’s trip to D.C.
“It’s exceptionally important because we have a chance to go on and win the group. Tonight’s game can either be a defining moment or an afterthought, and we’re going to ensure it’s an afterthought.”
Ahead of playing on stage this weekend, Krishnan was buoyant for his young team to garner some invaluable experience.
“These guys are only going to get better the more they play on stage, but not just any stage, the stage where money is made.”
“I think it’s going to be great for us. It’s going to let us know how things look, how things are, everything from the hotel situation to getting a good night’s rest, it’s going to give us an extra edge for when we come back again to D.C.”
Krishnan finished off with a message to the Raptors Uprising faithful.
“You want to be 2-0, but the record doesn’t tell the story, it’s how you finish that tells the story.”
“We’ve gone from losing almost every game last year and making zero dollars, to convincingly beating the Hornets and losing a two-possession game to a good Celtics team. I’m glad we have a product on the court that can go out and win every single night.”
Raptors Uprising GC will take the stage in D.C. against Wizards District Gaming on Saturday, May 27th at 4pm ET.
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