Raptors Uprising GC, yet to lose this season, swept Kings Guard Gaming on Friday night to win the NBA 2K League's $160,000 US Tipoff tournament.

The Raptors, the class of the league this season, did not disappoint as the esports circuit switched to tournament play this week. Toronto, the last team standing in the field of 23, won the best-of-three final over Sacramento by scores of 76-57 and 79-49.

Star point guard Kenneth (Kenny Got Work) Hailey, quietly building an MVP-calibre campaign, led Toronto with 23 points and nine assists in Game 1.

The Raptors hit 10-of-16 shots from three-point range as they ran away in the second half. Rookie Maurice (ReeceMode) Flowers had 17 points and centre Jerry (Sick One) Knapp recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Up by five at halftime of Game 2, the Raptors pulled away in the third quarter to lead by 18 with Hailey finishing with 33 points.

Hailey named tournament MVP
Hailey, a 30-year-old from Memphis who was working for AT&T as a distribution co-ordinator until he quit his job to game professionally, was named tournament MVP. He averaged 28 points and 9.5 assists per game.

Toronto (9-0 in regular-season play) won $70,000 while Kings Guard (6-3 in regular-season play) collected $50,000. Gen.G Tigers and Jazz Gaming, the losing semifinalists, each won $20,000.

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Toronto and Sacramento have ties. Raptors lockdown defender Trent (Timelycook) Donald played for the Kings in 2018 while Kings power forward Yusuf (Yusuf—Scarbz) Abdulla is a Toronto native who used to play for the Raptors.

The Tipoff served as the curtain-raiser to the regular season in the first two years but was pushed back this year when the global pandemic delayed the start of play.

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Teams return to remote regular-season play after The Tipoff, the first of three tournaments outside of league play.

Toronto, which had had its way earlier in the tournament, had to work hard in semifinals earlier in the evening to get past the expansion Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, who pushed the Raptors to a rare Game 3 in the best-of-three series.

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