Rookies CEEZ and FAKIEE Each Recorded Double-Double Performances in Both Games Tonight
On Saturday evening, Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, lost two games to Celtics Crossover Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, by scores of 70-73 and 69-76. Hawks Talon will enter Week 4 at a 5-5 record.
“Credit to Celtics Crossover Gaming. Tonight’s games were close, and while we fought hard throughout most of the game, we just couldn’t find a way to stop them from scoring in the final minutes,” said Hawks Talon Head Coach Wesley Acuff. “I am confident that our team will put more effort into defense as we continue progressing in the season. We will be ready to bring our best as we compete against NetsGC and Heat Check Gaming next week.”
In the first game, two rookies led the way with double-double performances. Caesar A. Martinez (CEEZ), the team’s 2021 first-round pick, scored a game-high 29 points and added 10 assists, while Thomas Batts (FAKIEE), the team’s 2021 second-round pick, recorded his first double-double performance of his career. He contributed with career highs in points (19), rebounds (12) and assists (9). Michael Diaz-Cruz (BP) had 13 points and two rebounds. Rounding out the group was Mykel Wilson (KEL) with six points and four rebounds, and Michael Swanegan (SWANN) who totaled three points and a game-high three steals.
In the second game, the two Talon rookies doubled up again with double-double performances. CEEZ recorded 33 points and 12 assists for his seventh double-double of the regular season, while FAKIEE put up a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, marking his second double-double performance of the season. FAKIEE also added a game-high two blocks. KEL finished with seven points and five rebounds, while BP contributed with six points and a team-high two steals. Rounding out the group was SWANN who added one steal.
Hawks Talon Gaming (5-5) will continue the regular season during Week 4 with two games against NetsGC (7-5), the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, on Thursday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Hawks Talon will conclude the week of competition with two games against Heat Check Gaming (3-7), the official 2K League affiliate of the Miami Heat, on Saturday, June 19 at 7 p.m.