INDIANAPOLIS – Outscoring its opponents 33-25 in the second half, Pacers Gaming raised its record in Group A play to 2-1 in the NBA 2K League 5v5 THE TURN Tournament Tuesday night with a 65-59 victory over Jazz Gaming (2-1). The Pacers will face Blazer5 Gaming tomorrow night, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. before wrapping up remote group play on Friday with an 8:00 p.m. contest against Mavs Gaming. The top four teams in each group will advance to in-person play in Indianapolis at the Pavilion at Pan Am on June 8-11.
Pacers Gaming all-star center JOMAR (Jomar Varela-Escapa) continued his brilliant play in 2022 with his sixth double/double in eight 5v5 games this season with 21 points and 13 rebounds on nine-of-nine shooting from the field. Over his last four games Jomar is 33 of 37 from the field. He added four assists, two steals and a blocked shot in Tuesday’s win. REIZEY (Reid Hill) contributed 20 points (nine in the first quarter) and a season-high tying nine assists. Veteran forward LAVISH (Andron Thomas) grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds to go with nine points and three assists. VANDI (Zach Vandivier) had only 13 points – but eight came in the crucial fourth quarter; six on back-to-back three-pointers to begin the period. GEN had 21 and SPASHY added 19 for the Jazz.
Behind Reizey’s nine points, the Pacers bolted to a 20-10 advantage after one quarter. But the Jazz came back; outscoring Indiana 24-12 in the second quarter to take a 34-32 halftime edge. Jomar had 12 and Reizey had 11 at intermission. Vandi was held to just three points in the first half. The Pacers defense came alive in the third quarter holding Utah to only 11 points and behind Jomar’s six tallies and Reizey’s five points Indiana led 46-45 heading to the final stanza. Vandi nailed two consecutive three’s to pace Indiana to a 54-45 margin with 5:14 to play. Reizey’s three pointer gave Pacers Gaming a 10-point, 59-49 lead with just two minutes remaining. Utah could pull no closer than four the rest of the way.
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