SWITCH OPEN – Bracket Play Week 1 Recap
April 26, 2023
By JJ Beale
Much like the Thin Lizzy smash hit, the boys will be back in town when in-person play kicks off this week in Washington, DC. As the team has struggled the past two weeks going a combined 2-6, the mental fortitude of Brooklyn’s 2K team showed once again as they took care of business in week one of bracket play. Point Guard Greens and GM OG King Curt shared the same sentiment: “Some people like group play. We like bracket play.” NetsGC matched up against two formidable opponents in Kings Guard Gaming and Dot Squad, imposing their will to get two wins and advance to play in the nation’s capital.
NetsGC defeat Kings Guard Gaming 3-1
Player of the Series: Streetz (Small Forward)
Series Average: 6.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 73% FG, 60% 3PT
Brooklyn stumbled out of the gate against Kings Guard Gaming, dropping game one 22-13. After that, it was all NetsGC as the team sent a message against the 10 seed from the west. Game two was defined by a full team effort, with lockdown defense and an offense where everyone was involved. Streetz dropped eight points, going a perfect 3/3 in the game. Greens looked like a seasoned veteran, dishing out four assists while racking up eight points of his own. OG KING CURT praised Greens for his composure in the game, saying he is mature beyond his years. That maturity showed through again in a decisive game three, as Brooklyn’s 2K team put together a masterclass. NetsGC went a perfect 9/9 from the field while forcing a turnover to win the game 22-12 and go up 2-1 in the series. With a chance to move on in the winner’s bracket, it was Brooklyn’s defense that stepped up big time, forcing Sacramento into 6/11 shooting from the field and 0/3 beyond the arc. The offensive scoring continued to be balanced as Greens tallied eight points, Steez chipped in seven and Streetz topped off the effort with six points. NetsGC cruised to a reverse sweep, winning 21-12. This set up Brooklyn for matchup with community team Dot Squad.
NetsGC defeat Dot Squad 3-0
Player of the Series: Greens (Point Guard)
Series Average: 13.3 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 2 APG, 85% FG, 75% 3PT
With a trip to Washington DC on the line, Brooklyn’s 2K team delivered their most dominant performance since THE SLAM OPEN bracket play, imposing their will from the beginning. Game one saw Greens dominate the community team. The second pick in the draft took advantage of a tentative defense, dropping 19 points while locking in on defense. NetsGC cruised to an easy 21-12 win to go up 1-0 in the series. Game two followed a similar script, this time with a much more even scoring distribution. Stellar defense from Steez and Streetz helped the offense flow with ease as NetsGC won 23-14 to take a 2-0 series lead. With a commanding series lead, NetsGC took game three by force. Greens commanded the offense, running set plays that led to open threes and rim-rocking dunks. Overall, NetsGC only missed one shot from the field to win 21-13 and officially punched their ticket to the nation’s capital.