INDIANAPOLIS (April 5, 2023) – Pacers Gaming improved to 4-0 in remote group play in the 3v3 NBA 2K League SWITCH OPEN Tournament late Thursday night with a 3-0 best-of-five series sweep over 76ers GC. Indiana has been dominant in this four-game stretch with an overall record of 12-2 in games played, including two 3-0 sweeps. The defending tournament champion Pacers will play four more games next week to complete qualifying for the championship rounds. The tournament features best-of-five series in group play with the winning team being the first to score 21 but winning by at least two points.
In Game 1 Thursday the Pacers outscored Philadelphia 18-7 down the stretch to win, 22-15. CHESS (Kory Taylor) scored 17 points (one off his season high) while shooting seven-of-eight from the field, including a perfect three-of-three from three. BIG REIGN (Blaine Wilson) chipped in with five points and two rebounds. DRE led Philly with 10 points.
It was total domination in Game 2 as the Pacers wasted little time in putting away the 76ers with a 22-10 triumph. Balanced scoring was key for Indiana as CHESS and JAYSNAGS (Julio Laboy) each netted eight tallies and BIG REIGN added six points. JAYSNAGS was incredibly active as he went four-for-four from the field with two rebounds, two assists, three steals and a blocked shot. DRE once again led the Sixers with six points.
The Pacers completed the sweep with another impressive performance, turning a 10-8 deficit into a 16-10 advantage, and then winning, 21-14 to improve to 4-0 in the tournament. CHESS led the way with nine points and three assists while JAYSNAGS and BIG REIGN each scored six points. JAYSNAGS added two rebounds and an assist while BIG REIGN pulled down three boards and had an assist. DRE and former Pacer, 630 each had five points to lead Philadelphia.
Since Pacers head coach Cody Parrent changed the lineup, the group of CHESS/JAYSNAGS/BIG REIGN has gone 30-11 in games played. “This is a new team, playing together for the first time,” explained Parrent. “We knew it would take some time and yes, we struggled early. But the guys have worked so hard and are playing very smart, team-oriented basketball.”