On the first day of September, the NBA2K19 META High School Championship concluded in spectacular fashion at the annual Melbourne Esports Open.
The stage was set for the best two high school players in Australia and New Zealand, ‘BelowZero’ from Heathmont College, and ‘Chooka’ from Damascus College, to compete for the trophy at Melbourne Arena.
With live commentary by Nate ‘NatePTK’ Patrick, and the teams selected being the Toronto Raptors (Heathmont) and the Philadelphia 76ers (Damascus), the match was underway.
Chooka got the better start to the game, leading 22-12 with one minute to go in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, however, those watching live at Melbourne Arena and online across META channels realised we had a nail-biting final on our hands.
BelowZero was able to fight back and took the lead with a stunning half-time buzzer-beater from Kyle Lowry, which had the crowd on their feet.
A back and forth third quarter saw Chooka come out on top, holding a narrow four-point lead going into the last seven minutes of play.
That lead grew to six points before BelowZero put on a fantastic performance to regain the lead.
With only one point separating the two and 30 seconds to go, it came down to the wire.
BelowZero made no mistake and held on to the lead, securing the victory with an 84-81 scoreline and taking home the trophy for Heathmont College.
After being named the 2019 NBA2K19 Champion, BelowZero had plenty of praise for his opponent.
“He was by far the hardest opponent I have versed all tournament,” BelowZero said.
“To come back the way I did was absolutely incredible.”
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