In the second round of FirstTeamLeague matchups, we saw two French teams compete for the first time in this competition. Supremacy started off the game with an 8-0 run, and this hot start propelled them to eventually finish the game on top, winning 63-53 and improving their record to 2-0.
For me, the most interesting aspect of this game was the point guard matchup between BreakerTheBeast and SAS_Algebrike. Having made the top 150 for the Season 3 draft of the NBA 2K League, Breaker, playing for Elan WanteD is one of the top guards in Europe. In this game, he showcased his outside shooting ability, creating his own shots off the dribble and carrying the scoring load for his team. He is very comfortable shooting from deep, and opposing teams should make a note not to leave him open, although he may possibly even be too comfortable as his shot selection was questionable at times throughout this game. However, he was unstoppable when he had his takeover badge at the end of the first half, and as a score-first point guard, he did an excellent job playing his role. However, I would like to see him getting his teammates more touches and allowing them to get involved offensively more in the future.
On the other side, SAS_Algebrike was an interesting comparison as he played more unselfishly and didn’t look to score as often as Breaker. While he showed that he could score when he had the opportunity, he didn’t force it, and looked to get his teammates involved as much as possible. As a result, there was a much more even scoring distribution for Supremacy than Elan WanteD, with Algebrike himself finished with 11 points and 13 assists. His vision and passing ability really stood out to me in this game, as you can see from the play below, where he makes an excellent read to find an open teammate.