INDIANAPOLIS – In one of the most dramatic best-of-five series in the NBA 2K League 3v3 THE SLAM Tournament so far, Pacers Gaming stormed back from a 0-2 deficit to win three straight and defeat Glitchy (18-21, 18-22, 22-19, 22-12, 21-19) Tuesday night to move to 3-1 in pool play. Indiana, needing one win to qualify for in-person play in Indianapolis next week, plays Thursday at 7 PM vs. Kings Guard Gaming and on Friday at 8 PM vs. Lakers Gaming.
In Game 1, Glitchy got off to a hot start and held the lead through most of the contest before winning, 21-18. Vandi (Zach Vandivier) and Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) led the way with eight points apiece while WoLF (Bryant Colon) had two. Despite Vandi’s 14 points in Game 2, Glitchy won 22-18 to take an imposing 2-0 in the best-of-five series. Jomar and WoLF each had two points in the loss.
In a Game 3 the Pacers had to win to avoid a sweep, the Blue & Gold found itself down 17-12 with Glitchy just four points from victory. But Indiana stormed back behind Vandi’s 15 points and WoLF’s seven tallies and Jomar’s three assists and key late-game steal to win, 22-19 and force a Game 4. The Pacers dominated Game 4, winning 22-12 as WoLF had a tremendous overall game with 11 points (5-6 shooting), team-high three rebounds, an assist and a 3v3 team-record four steals! Vandi added seven points and Jomar four in the win that forced a Game 5, the first Game 5 for Indiana in the tournament.
The two teams battled back and forth early in Game 5 before Glitchy pulled ahead to what looked like an insurmountable 19-16 advantage. With its opponents only two points from a series win, the Pacers utilized keen defense and brilliant offensive play to storm back and win, 21-19 on Vandi’s 3-pointer. Vandi finished with 15 points and three assists; WoLF scored four points and Jomar two in the incredible comeback.
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