INDIANAPOLIS – Showing the “heart of a champion” in Game 3, Pacers Gaming completed the regular-season portion of the NBA 2K League 3v3 campaign with an impressive 3-0 (best of five) sweep of Hornets Venom GT Thursday night, giving Indiana a best-in-the-league 17-6 record. The Pacers, with the No. 1 overall seed for the 3v3 playoffs, will begin 3v3 postseason play in-person at the Pavilion at Pan Am in Indianapolis, August 17-20. Next week is a BYE week for the entire league and the Pacers 5v5 squad will resume play in-person at Pan Am on August 12-13 in The Ticket tournament, looking to secure a post-season bid.
On Thursday, the Blue & Gold dominated Game 1, winning 21-15 as VANDI (Zach Vandivier) led the way with 12 points on four-for-four shooting from the three-point arc. The guard added a team-high four assists while center JOMAR (Jomar Varela-Escapa) scored five and veteran WoLF (Bryant Colon) contributed four points and four rebounds. GLENRATTY led Charlotte with nine tallies. Balanced scoring led Indiana in Game 2 as the Pacers prevailed, 21-18. VANDI scored nine points and dished four assists; WoLF scored seven on three-of-three shooting and JOMAR netted five. DJ led the Hornets with 11 points.
But it was Game 3 when Coach Bobby Jones, Jr.’s team showed its mettle. Down 7-0 early and 17-15 late (first team to 21 wins; must win by two) the Pacers used keen defense and timely turnovers to outscore the Hornets 7-0 down the stretch to win, 22-17. VANDI led all scorers with 11 points and five assists; WoLF netted six points on three-of-three shooting and had three key steals; and JOMAR had five points to go along with two rebounds. DJ led the Hornets with seven points.
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