INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Gaming almost completed a classic comeback late Friday night, losing 23-18 in Game 7 to DUX Infinitos in the quarterfinal round of the NBA 2K League THE SLAM OPEN Tournament at the Pavilion at Pan Am in Indianapolis. Indiana, which finishes the unique 3v3 event with a 6-2 slate, fell behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven series before winning three of the next four to force Game 7. Infinitos moves on to Saturday’s semifinals with the 4-3 series win (13-22, 20-22, 21-9, 15-22, 23-21, 21-18, 18-23). Next action for Pacers Gaming will be in 5v5 group remote play in THE TURN Tournament, May 24-27.
DUX Infinitos got off a hot start winning the first two games, 22-13 and 22-20. In Game 1, Pacers leading scorer Vandi (Zach Vandivier) was held to a season-low four points. WoLF (Bryant Colon) was four-of-five from the field enroute to nine points. The Pacers lost a heart-breaker by two points in Game 2 as Vandi went for 13 tallies and WoLF added five. Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) had three rebounds, three assists and two points.
The Pacers took care of business in Game 3 with WoLF topping all scorers with 10 points, followed by Vandi with eight and Jomar with three. Vandi added four assists in the winning effort as Indiana prevailed 21-9. Killeyy had all nine points for DUX. Infinitos took a 3-1 commanding lead in the series by winning Game 4, 22-15 as Killeyy scored 15. Vandi had 10 points and WoLF five in the losing effort.
With their backs to the wall and a good number of Pacers fans on hand cheering them along the way, Pacers Gaming stormed back winning Game 5, 23-21. Vandi scored 12 points and dished a season-high five assists. WoLF netted seven points and Jomar went for four. Pacers Gaming kept it going in Game 6, winning 21-18 on Vandi’s three-pointer. He finished with 13 points and four assists. WoLF added eight points to the Indiana cause.
In Game 7, the Pacers fell into an early hole, trailing 12-6 but pulled within 18-20 before losing 23-18. Vandi was held to four points on two-of-six shooting as WoLF led the Indiana attack with nine points and three rebounds. Jomar finished with five points, one rebound and one assist.
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