SU Lab 8th grader advances to NBA 2k20 semifinals

SU Lab 8th grader advances to NBA 2k20 semifinals
Troy Murphy, an eighth-grader at Southern Lab, has advanced to the semifinals of the HSEL Winter Open Playoffs. (Source: SU Lab)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An eighth-grade gamer at Southern Lab has advanced to the semifinals of the HSEL Winter Open Playoffs.

The High School Esports League's Winter Open is a nationwide, six-week gaming tournament open to all students. The champions of each of the 12 games will win a $500 scholarship prize.

The first-year program at Southern Lab was represented in NBA 2k20 by four student-athletes:

Cornelius Pointer, Cristion Henry, Dewillie Sensley, and Troy Murphy will represent Southern Lab Esports in the HSEL Winter Open Playoffs.
Cornelius Pointer, Cristion Henry, Dewillie Sensley, and Troy Murphy will represent Southern Lab Esports in the HSEL Winter Open Playoffs. (Source: WAFB)

Cornelius Pointer

  • Grade: Senior
  • Gamertag: UcNtFwCp-_-
  • Console: PS4
  • Regular Season Record: 4-6

Cristion Henry

  • Grade: Junior
  • Gamertag: SGS xBEASTMODEx
  • Console: Xbox
  • Regular Season Record: 4-6

Troy Murphy

  • Grade: 8th
  • Gamertag: FuEgO-CHM
  • Console: PS4
  • Regular Season Record: 5-6

Dewillie Sensley

  • Grade: Junior
  • Gamertag: dxxty88
  • Console: PS4
  • Regular Season Record: 4-6

Pointer and Murphy advanced to round two of the playoffs on Sunday, March 8.

Murphy won his second-round match on Monday, March 9 and advanced to the semifinals.

Pointer, Henry, and Moore rank within the top 16 in the country. Pointer and Murphy were among seven players tied for the No. 1 seed during the Winter Open. Murphy finished in second place and Pointer finished in fifth.

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Playoff dates:

  • Mar. 7 - 8: Pre-Quarters
  • Mar. 9 - 13: Quarter Finals
  • Mar. 14 - 15: Semi-Finals
  • Mar. 16 - 20: Finals

“We are enjoying the winning culture and the successes of our students. Hopefully, we will bring home some esports scholarship dollars for college,” said program director Christopher Turner.

The team is hosting a crawfish boil fundraiser to make improvements to the school’s media lab.

For more information about Southern University visit www.sulabschool.com or HESL at highschoolesportsleague.com.

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