Milwaukee Bucks Gaming pick up first win of the season as Regg shines

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

In their first matchup of week two of the NBA 2K League’s 2020 season, Milwaukee Bucks’ affiliate Bucks Gaming picked up a win thanks to rookie PG Regg.

Having been swept in both of their opening week matchups, Bucks Gaming, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks finally got on the board with a W on Tuesday night.

Facing off against Cavs Legion Gaming, and former Buck oLarry, Milwaukee prevailed through two hard-fought contests to take care of business as swiftly as possible.

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Rookie point guard Regg had impressed in the Bucks’ opening losses, but he took that a step further against the Cavs, powering his team to victory with an average of 42.5 points across the two game series on Tuesday night.

On the whole, the Bucks looked much better for the bigger adjustments they’d made after a less than ideal opening week too.

In spite of enjoying notable success at the position last year, Plondo was swapped out for Squidris at center, moving the second year Buck down to the power forward spot. That move clearly energized Squidris, who anchored Bucks Gaming’s defense with phenomenal rebounding and shot blocking.

In all, that meant Regg at point guard as a Slashing Sharpshooter, Ty at shooting guard as a 2-Way Sharpshooter, Arooks at small forward as a 3-Level Scorer, Plondo at power forward as a Glass Cleaner, and Squidris at center as a 2-Way Athletic Finisher.

Game 1 against Cleveland proved to be a back and forth battle, with the score tied at half time and Bucks Gaming trailing by one point going into the final quarter.

From there, Regg truly took over, though, splashing home a barrage of threes, getting to the rim at will, and making frequent trips to the free throw line to round out an outstanding 45 points, four assists, and two steals on the night.

Arooks also found some rhythm from distance with all 12 of his points coming from his six attempts from behind the arc, while Squidris, a former champion with the Knicks, thrived in his Bucks center debut, coming up with eight points, 18 rebounds, six assists, and five blocks.

Combined, it equated to a very welcome 72-66 win for the Bucks.

Heading into Game 2, the Bucks remained laser-focused with the opportunity to close out the matchup.

There was no slowing down for Regg as he poured in 29 points in the first half alone, continuing his formidable hot streak.

That helped to set the Bucks up for a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but it ended up much more difficult closing out the game as it would previously have seemed.

The Bucks were hit by a glut of turnovers late in the game as Regg cooled off, but fortunately were able to force the Cavs into just as many giveaways.

Ty deserves colossal credit for that as a brilliant lockdown effort from the Bucks’ shooting guard saw him pick up nine steals.

As the Bucks rallied the storm for a 63-54 win, wrapping up the overall victory, Regg finished with 40 points, eight assists and two steals, Arooks chipped in with 10 points, and Squidris and Plondo held down the boards with 17 and six rebounds respectively.

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Now, the Bucks will look to get back to .500 on the season, with their next matchup coming against Knicks Gaming on Thursday night.