The NBA 2K20 Pacific Pro-Am Tournament, the last and final tournament of NBA 2K20 this year, just concluded this weekend. It featured 8 of the top NBA 2K teams from the APAC region namely: PLAYBOOK LAUS ESPORTS (PHI), BADBOYS (PHI), THE ANSWER (TPE), SECRETLOVES (HKG), TAKE OVER (INA), PROMY (KOR),TEAM TEKONG (SGP), and 2KJ (JPN). When everything was said and done, Korea’s PROMY walked away with the first-ever, The Pacific championship and 10,000 USD Prize pool (500, 000 PHP) despite the valiant effort by Philippines’ Playbook Laus Esports.
The NBA 2K20 Pacific Pro-Am Tournament was brought about by the fine folks at from Gariath Concepts, the company responsible for Rev Major and ESGS, and is also fully supported by Smart Communications; local esports governing body the Philippine Esports Organization (PEsO) and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
After a gruelling few days of virtual hardcourt action, four teams managed to make it to the semi finals: PLAYBOOK LAUS ESPORTS (PHI), BADBOYS (PHI), SECRETLOVES (HKG), and PROMY (KOR).
In the first match-up off the playoff day, PLAYBOOK LAUS ESPORTS (PHI) went against SECRETLOVES (HKG) . Although PLE would sweep the series 3-0, all the games between the clubs were tightly contested—even resulting in a double-overtime in Game 1 and another extra session in the decisive Game 3. SECRETLOVES put up a valiant effort hanging in there with perennial favorite PLAYBOOK LAUS ESPORTS but it would be the latter that will advance to the finals.
In the second semi-final match up we saw the BADBOYS (PHI) go against PROMY (KOR). The first game in the series was a neck and neck contest that was decided in the final seconds thanks to a game winning lay-up by BADBOYS’ Iansky. In Game 2, the sleeping giant of Korea had seemingly woken up shutting down the BADBOY squad in the first quarter and snowballing to a 20-point victory. Game 3 saw the spark plug Sixth Man, BADBOY’s Miguel Carlo explode for some instant offense in the first quarter with no less than 10 straight dunks. However, the Koreans were able to quickly adjust and return to their winning ways. Game 4 was an all-out trouncing as the BADBOYS’ were not able to contain the playmaking of PROMY’s JeCho, who punched their ticket to the finals.
In the Battle for Third, SECRETLOVES defeated BADBOYS BADBOYS to claim a Third Place finish.
When the dust settled, there was only PLAYBOOK LAUS ESPORTS (PHI) and PROMY (KOR) left to do battle for all the marbles.
Game 1 of the Final matchup of the Pacific between PLE (PHI) and ROMY (KOR) was a tightly contested one. PROMY had a slim lead but the boys from the Philippines were just always right there next to them. Ultimately, it would be the ROMY’s excellent ball movement that would be the deciding factor in the game as Korea just kept getting amazing looks from their patient passing both from inside and the outside. ROMY’s Jecho, who normally facilitates the offense exploded for an incredible 34 points hitting 8 out of 8 from long range as PROMY took Game 1, 59-50.
PROMY went off on a blazing start in Game 2 with their incredible 3 point shooting and execution on both ends of the court. PROMY’s Kante’s shot-blocking and intimidation factor in the paint was causing all sorts of trouble for the PLE’s signature 5 Out offense, which relied on penetration and kicking out for a three-ball. This forced PLE’s Shintarou to pass up on dunks more often than not making the play a bit predictable, leading to turnovers, defensive close outs, and missed shots. ROMY’s JeCho once again showed up in the offensive end with a much more balanced stat line with 22 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. PROMY dominated Game 2, 50 to 24.
PROMY looked confident at the get-go, getting every kind of shot they wanted to start Game 3 making mince meat out of the PLE defense. Every trip for PROMY seemed to be either a dunk in the lane or an open 3-ball as PLE searched for an answer on defense. PLE’s Izzo brought in his Big man character to try to get some height in their line up but despite his 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 Steals, he was barely able to make a difference. PROMY’s 1-2 punch of Kante and JeCho put up as combined 28 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. In the end, PROMY’s immaculate execution was just too much for the PLE squad and they swept the finals of the first-ever The Pacific Pro-Am Tournament, 49-32, emerging as its first champions.
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