By Sam Perley
- Hornets Venom GT (6-2) at Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai (0-2)
- Friday, June 11, 2021 at 7 PM EST (2 games)
- NBA 2K League Twitch and YouTube Channels
- Last time out: Hornets Venom GT won, 71-59, on July 31, 2020 (won series 2-0)
Hornets Venom GT Moves to 6-2 Following 1-1 Showing Against Mavs Gaming
Charlotte opened another double-matchup week in winning style on Wednesday night, knocking off Mavs Gaming 80-62 before falling in Game 2, 63-55. Guard Justin “Sherm” Sherman averaged 21.5 points on 56% shooting (8-of-13 from three) and 10.0 assists to lead Hornets Venom in the somewhat disappointing split.
Dallas made significant adjustments – especially on the defensive end – heading into Game 2, and did an excellent job locking in on Sherm (12 points on 4-of-12 shooting) after he erupted for a season-high 31 points in the opener. Hornets Venom might need to get more offensive support from the rest of the roster against a Gen.G squad that the team will also see again next Friday night.
Gen.G Tigers Searching for Rhythm Following 0-2 Start
Gen.G underwent one of the 2KL’s biggest offseason overhauls, sending star point guard Dhwan “ShiftyKaii” White to T-Wolves Gaming in exchange for a pair of Season 2 Champions in guard Jordan “JMoney” Martinez and center Mihad “FEAST” Feratovic. The team then added another guard in Alex “BSmoove” Reese after sending the third overall pick to Warriors Gaming Squad on draft night.
Like Hornets Venom’s first opponent this week, Gen.G is coming off an early bye week and is 0-2 in the regular season following a pair of one-point losses to Magic Gaming on May 28. The squad did go 2-2 in THE TIPOFF, although through its two appearances since then, ranks second to last in the 2KL in three-point percentage (44.1%) and fifth to last in rebounding (16.5)
Matchup to Watch: PeteBeBallin vs. FEAST
Peter “PeteBeBallin” continues to be a nightly double-double threat for Hornets Venom with averages of 16.2 points on 81% shooting and 11.0 rebounds through eight outings. The veteran center will need to lead a big charge on the glass after Mavs Gaming’s Jerry “SickOne” Knapp pulled down 21 boards – seven offensive – in Game 2 on Wednesday night, one shy of tying the franchise record for an opposing player, which is coincidentally, a mark held by FEAST (22 on July 2, 2020).