EDDIE WHITE – Pacers Gaming lost its third game in a row Wednesday evening, dropping its best-of-three series to the Charlotte Hornets Venom, 2-0, losing 76-66 and 63-53. The Blue & Gold, now 4-6 on the campaign, will look to get back on track on Wednesday, July 8 vs. Nets GC at 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, July 10 vs. Celtics Crossover Gaming at 7:00 p.m.
In Game 1 against the Hornets the Pacers were tied after a high-scoring first quarter, 22-22. The Pacers trailed by one at intermission, 39-38 as Swizurk (17 points) and NateKahl (13 points) led the way, The third quarter saw the Blue & Gold get outscored 15-10. The Hornets finished things off with a 22-18 final period to net the 10-point win. Swizurk led all scorers with 30 points and NateKahl added 19. Center Jomar put together a triple-double which included 10 points, a career-high 10 assists and a team-record 19 rebounds. He also had two steals and four blocked shots. Snubby led Hornets Venom with 22. The Pacers had eight turnovers to Charlotte’s six and got out-rebounded 27-23.
Game 2 also featured a tie score after the first quarter, this time a low-scoring 17-17. The Pacers defense was excellent in the second quarter and Pacers Gaming outscored the home team 13-8 to take a 30-25 edge at halftime. NateKahl had 10 points at intermission and the Pacers held a 16-8 rebounding advantage. But the Hornets buzzed back in the third quarter 14-9 and the game was tied 39-39 after three periods. Hornets Venom outscored the Pacers 24-14 in the fourth quarter to win 63-53. The Pacers out-rebounded Charlotte 26-23 but suffered 15 turnovers to the Hornets 11. NateKahl led the Pacers with 14 points, followed by Swizurk with 12 and Bobby Buckets with 11. Jomar had nine points and six assists with four steals but also set another team record for rebounds in a game with 20, breaking the mark (19) he set earlier in the night in Game 1. Snubby had 30 points for the Hornets while Zae added 10 tallies and 17 rebounds as Charlotte improved its record to 6-3.