ATLANTA — Earlier this evening, in front of an international viewing audience, Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, won their first series but lost their second series as part of THE TICKET powered by AT&T, the NBA 2K League’s third and final in-season tournament. In the first round, Hawks Talon defeated Magic Gaming, the official affiliate of the Orlando Magic, by scores of 63-55 and 70-67. In the second round, they lost to 76ers GC, the official affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, in two games with scores of 65-57, 50-63 and 61-73. As a result, Hawks Talon has been eliminated from THE TICKET and has officially ended the team’s 2020 campaign.
“We are disappointed that we couldn’t find a way to close out against 76ers GC,” said Hawks Talon GC Team Manager and Head Coach Wesley Acuff. “Personally, I am grateful to have the opportunity to coach this team all season long. While frustrating to have our season end this way, we can all look back and say we continued to play better together as the season went on, and we are very happy with the talent that we have on our roster.”
In the first game against Magic Gaming, Hawks Talon’s BP (Michael Diaz-Cruz) put together the game’s lone double-double performance scoring 28 points and dishing out 10 assists. LEE (Lee Lamb), who finished the regular season ranked second among rookies in rebounds per game, collected 19 rebounds to go along with eight points. MRSTYLEZ (Andrew Valle) totaled 14 points and a team-high three steals. Atlanta’s own KEL (Mykel Wilson) added 13 points, while ARKELE (Derrion Elmore) finished with four rebounds. In the second game against Magic Gaming, BP led all scorers with 40 points and five assists, while KEL had 13 points. MRSTYLEZ notched 11 points including a game-winning three in the final seconds. Rounding out the group was LEE who totaled six points and nine rebounds.
In the first game against 76ers GC, Hawks Talon’s BP led all scorers with 39 points and five assists. MRSTYLEZ, who concluded the regular season ranked 12th in the NBA 2K League in steals per game, finished with a game-high six steals. Also contributing for the club were LEE who had 16 points and nine rebounds and KEL with seven points and two assists. Atlanta native ARKELE scored three points and collected four rebounds. In the second game against 76ers GC, LEE recorded a double-double performance after totaling 11 points and 15 rebounds. BP contributed with a team-high in points (20) and assists (four). KEL added 14 points and a team-high four steals, while ARKELE had three points and four rebounds and MRSTYLEZ had two points and three steals. In the third game, BP led all scorers with 27 points. ARKELE, who finished the regular season first in the NBA 2K League in 3P%, notched 12 points after going a perfect four-for-four from three-point range. LEE finished with 11 points, a team-high 11 rebounds and a game-high four blocks. KEL scored nine points, and MRSTYLEZ had a team-high three steals.