Hawks Talon GC out of NBA 2K League tournament in second round

Hawks Talon GC - Group Shot 1 - Kyle Hess Photography
Hawks Talon GC - Group Shot 1 - Kyle Hess Photography /

Hawks Talon Gaming Club is out of the NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown after being eliminated by Wizards Gaming. However, there’s a lot more to it.

Despite making it through the play-in round and the round of 32, the Hawks Talon Gaming Club was eliminated by the Wizards District Gaming squad in the round of 16 Thursday during the NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown.

But it wasn’t all bad. On Tuesday the unofficial debut of Hawks Talon GC this season was met with four wins during the NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown. It was also the first time that the Talons’ starting three took to the court together.

That starting three was Michael Diaz-Cruz, known as Bp, who was playing as xXBptzFinestXx. Levi Lamb, known as Lee, who was playing as Lee2k__ and Kwan Niblack, Jr., known as followTHEGOD, who was playing as IKerryL.

Back on that day, Hawks Talon GC head coach Wesley Acuff said the teams’ chemistry was pretty good.

“They were communicating and sticking to the game plan, and that’s all you can ask for,” Acuff said then. “They played well. They were talking and communicating, and most importantly, they were having fun.”

However, the road ended a bit too soon for the Talon. The Wizards took them down 21-15 and 21-18 for a 2-0 sweep. If you’re looking for a positive, Lamb impressed many people throughout the showcase.

“Lee is a beast on both sides of the ball. It doesn’t surprise me that he came out with strong grades,” Acuff said about his 2020 first-rounder. “The tournament was fun, and we are looking forward to watching him compete once our season starts.”

On the other hand, if you’re one who takes a glass-half-full approach you could see the Three For All Showdown as an opportunity for the Hawks Talon GC to get more experience.

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“The Three For All Showdown was a great opportunity for us to get more experience playing together on the virtual stage,” Acuff said. “While we didn’t get the outcome that we were looking for, we’re ready to move forward and focus on the upcoming season.”

The NBA 2K League ‘Three For All Showdown’ features WNBA and G League ballers, special guests, pro athletes from other sports leagues, the top fan teams from last week’s bracket and some of the top 2K League players. All series aside from the final rounds of each bracket will be played in best-of-three format with the final round matchups being best-of-five.

The NBA 2K League’s first-ever ‘Three for All Showdown’ includes a $25,000 prize pool; $15,000 is available to the non-NBA 2K League teams in the second stage, $9,000 is available to the NBA 2K League teams and $1,000 available to the winners of the fan only brackets in the first stage.

Fans can watch the semifinals and finals of the NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown on Twitch and YouTube starting at 8 p.m. Friday.