INDIANAPOLIS – For a while it looked like Pacers Gaming was going to ride a whole new lineup and some momentum from its 3v3 THE SWITCH OPEN Tournament championship from just six days ago to success as NBA 2K League Seed Weeks 5v5 continued Thursday night but Pistons GT, the team Indiana defeated for the 3v3 crown last Saturday at Pan Am Plaza, came back and defeated the Pacers in a heart-breaking remote contest, 69-63. Pacers Gaming will play Friday night at 9:00 PM against Cavs Legion GC with three more games scheduled for next week.
Coach Bobby Jones, Jr. went with an entire new 5v5 starting lineup: PG Vandi (Zach Vandivier) moved to the No. 2; No. 2 guard Reizey (Reid Hill) started at PG; veteran lockdown WoLF (Bryant Colon) moved from 4 to 3; center Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) played the 4 and newly acquired BigReign (Blaine Wilson) started his first game in an Indiana uniform at center. Wilson was picked up June 22 in a trade with Magic Gaming.
The new-look Pacers got off to a slow start, trailing 22-12 after the first quarter. Vandi and Jomar led the Pacers in the period with five points apiece while new Pistons guard Ant S2N went for 14 tallies. Indiana turned it around in the second quarter when after falling behind early by 11, outscored Detroit 18-13 and trailed 35-30 at intermission. Reizey had eight in the quarter while Vandi contributed five. The Pacers outscored the Pistons 20-16 in the third quarter to pull within one, 51-50 after three. Vandi led all scorers with eight points and Reizey had five. With just 2:45 left in the game Indiana held a 59-54 advantage but the Pistons defense clamped down (holding Vandi, WoLF and Jomar scoreless in the fourth) and went on a 11-2 offensive run to take a 65-61 lead with just :25 to play.
Reizey led the Pacers with 20 points and five assists. Vandi chipped in with 18 points and four assists. BigReign recorded a double/double in his first game with the Pacers with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jomar had eight tallies, three assists and three steals while WoLF had three points, three rebounds and two steals. Ant S2N led Detroit with 26 points and nine assists.