Three for All Showdown Recap

New-look NetsGC hit the blacktop—not the hardwood—in the 2020 season’s first official event, the NBA 2K League Three for All Showdown, last week.

 

With $25,000 on the line in both a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bracket, NetsGC entered two teams into the three-on-three park mode competition: Wavy, Rando and Potts in the PS4 bracket, and Choc, Randomz and Potts on the Xbox side.

 

The PS4 crew got the first crack at playing—or would have, if not for a forfeit from its first-round opponents, Gaming Illuminaughty. The free win gave the team a second-round date with SharpShooters, a squad that included former Kings Guard Gaming center Worthingcolt and had dispatched Pistons GT in the previous round.

 

SharpShooters got off to a hot start, starting game one of the three-game series on a 9-0 run before a Rando fast-break bucket helped to stifle the bleeding for Brooklyn. Worthingcolt would add four more points shortly after to make it a 13-2 SharpShooters lead.

 

But NetsGC would fight back. Six points from Potts, five from Wavy and some lockdown defense led to an 11-0 run and a 13-all tie in the first-to-21 matchup. Another Potts score off the pick-and-roll gave Brooklyn its first lead of the game at 15-13.

It was back-and-forth from there, and eventually SharpShooters came within just one possession of the win at 19-18. Rando pulled a backdoor cut to give NetsGC the lead before SharpShooters answered back with a Worthingcolt score off the pick-and-roll. With the game effectively in overtime, Wavy scored two straight to call game and give NetsGC the 1-0 series lead with the 24-21 victory.

 

The start of game two was more even than the first tie between the two sides. There was little either team could do to separate itself from the other, as every score was answered by the other team until the home stretch. With the game tied at 18-18, Wavy and Potts worked the pick-and-roll to get the latter open for a 20-18 lead. On the next SharpShooters possession up, Potts would intercept an errant pass and Rando would finish on the fast-break for the 22-18 win and 2-0 series sweep.

The quarterfinals presented more familiar foes for NetsGC: Wizards District Gaming. The Wizards DG squad, led by Newdini, ReeseDaGod and Just_Awkward, proved to be a tough out, jumping to a quick lead to start the series. NetsGC’s open shots weren’t falling, and the team couldn’t overcome its slow start along with a strong Just_Awkward rebounding performance, eventually dropping game one 21-11.

 

Game two played out much the same way, led again by dominating play on the boards from Just_Awkward. NetsGC was able to keep it close early, but the offense stalled out again, and Brooklyn succumbed to a 23-12 loss and 2-0 series defeat.

Results

Game 1: NetsGC 24-21 SharpShooters

Game 2: NetsGC 22-18 SharpShooters

Game 1: NetsGC 11-21 Wizards DG

Game 2: NetsGC 12-23 Wizards DG

 

On the Xbox side, Choc, Randomz and Potts faced off against season two champion T-Wolves Gaming in the first round, with a roster of BearDaBeast, Big Saint and Detoxys. Game one got off to a blistering pace, with both teams trading buckets on nearly every possession to start.

 

It would finally be NetsGC who broke deadlock after five straight points from Randomz opened up a 16-10 lead, first on a turnaround midrange jumper and then an open 3-pointer off some slick pick-and-pop action with Choc, both greens.

T-Wolves Gaming eventually whittled the lead down and then took a 19-18 lead after costly turnovers by NetsGC led to BearDaBeast and Detoxys buckets. NetsGC ran a Choc-Randomz pick-and-roll to get a quick bucket to retake a 20-19 lead, but BearDaBeast hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to give T-Wolves Gaming the 22-20 win.

 

Randomz led the way in scoring with a 9-point effort, followed closely by Potts with 7 points to go along with 4 rebounds. Choc showed off his playmaking chops with 4 points and 6 assists. BearDaBeast and Detoxys shouldered the entire scoring load for T-Wolves Gaming with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

 

Game two would be a different story. T-Wolves Gaming couldn’t buy a bucket against a swarming NetsGC defense, and while Big Saint scored on a tough layup to cut a NetsGC lead down to 5-2, T-Wolves Gaming would not score the rest of the way. NetsGC shot lights-out from 3-point range, and the game was over in merely five minutes, a 21-2 flooding to bring the series to 1-1.

 

NetsGC shot a near-perfect 9-for-10 from the field as opposed to T-Wolves Gaming’s 1-for-9 effort. Potts scored 10 of NetsGC’s points, including two made 3-pointers, while Randomz and Choc contributed 7 and 4 points, respectively.

The deciding game three was a back-and-forth affair to start, much like the first game of the series. But T-Wolves Gaming took advantage of an unorganized NetsGC defense, keeping the game at two possessions much of the way throughout. Brooklyn was able to cut the lead to just two points, but its defensive woes would come back again to haunt them, and T-Wolves Gaming would walk away with a 21-16 victory and 2-1 series win.

 

Results

Game 1: NetsGC 20-22 T-Wolves Gaming

Game 2: NetsGC 21-2 T-Wolves Gaming
Game 3: NetsGC 16-21 T-Wolves Gaming