Laus Group Eagles crowned NBA 2K League Asia-Pacific champions

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The Filipino team LG Eagles (LGE) have become champions of the NBA 2K League APAC Invitational, beating 20 other teams from Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.

Their Nov. 18 victory earns LGE a coveted spot in the NBA 2K League in the United States, as it makes the team eligible for one of the most prestigious esports competitions in the world.

Laus Group Eagles beat Australian team Swep

Team LGE defeated Team Swep of Australia, 53-25 in the final game of the best of five series which was played on November 18-19, 2022. Besides eligibility for the US edition of the league, the team also received $2,500. cash prize.

Paul A. Laus, president of the LGE team, gloated over the win, citing its importance in the Philippines’ esports achievements and even the sustenance of virtual athletes.

“This championship is about more than winning. It’s about giving pride to the country while discovering new athletes who can excel and also make a living playing the sport they love,” he said. declared.

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The LGE squad consists of point guard Aljon “Shintarou” Cruzin, full-back Isaiah Vincent “Ice” Alindada, striker Domo “Domo” Peñaflorida, striker Arnie “Elchapo” Sison (LGE_Elchapo) and center Paolo “Dad” Madronio (LGE_Dad). They were trained by Al Timajo.

Cruzin is a 2K League veteran with multiple championships while Alindada has juice
been included by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in the official team roster
Philippines who will participate in the sanctioned E-Fiba NBA 2K tournament on
December 10 to 11, 2022.

Shintarou is considered one of the best playmakers in the Asia-Pacific region. In the eight games of this tournament, he averaged 30.6 points and 29 assists per game as he led the execution of the LGE team’s dominant offense. As a point guard who played for the E-Gilas team, he participated in FIBA ​​Esports in 2020 and 2021. He won 17 championships in various NBA 2K leagues, including the 2K Veterans League since 2017.

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Team manager Ian Serranilla said the win on the Asia Pacific Tour is a manifestation of the team’s hard work and commitment to esports. The LGE team is the only Filipino team to have won championships in the 5V5 and 3V3 leagues of the APAC NBA 2K tournament.

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