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Arsenal ace Iwobi beaten in gaming tournament

FUN AND GAMES: Soccer star Alex Iwobi (left) with Bruce Bowen and actress Amy Jackson

THE NBA2K19 Gaming Tournament opened with a quarter-final match-up which saw Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi take on model and actress Amy Jackson for an all-important place in the semi-final of the competition.

The Gunners star opted to represent the Houston Rockets, with Amy selecting LeBron James’ L.A. Lakers in a repeat of the feisty affair earlier in the season. Could we expect the same drama in this match-up?

Three-time NBA champion Bruce Bowen oversaw the contest between the pair. Amy’s Lakers opened the scoring with back-to-back baskets from Ingram and JaVale McGee. But Iwobi’s Rockets were quick to respond with an easy two for Clint Capela as the Nigerian international Iowbi celebrated the comeback with a floss, declaring ‘It’s back. It’s back’.

Jackson then stunned the crowd with a three-pointer from Ingram, closely followed by a slam dunk from McGee which had NBA Legend Bruce Bowen on his feet. The Lakers were leading 16-9 before Iwobi’s Rockets managed to bring it back to 16-15. But a bit of magic from LeBron James soon put the Lakers out of reach, with Bowen stating ‘she doesn’t know what to do right now!’

The enthralling quarter-final contest ended in a 21-19 Lakers victory, giving Amy the first victory of the tournament. Despite falling at the first hurdle, Iwobi was gracious in defeat with the 22 year-old acknowledging his opponent’s deserved victory ‘I’m a good sport… if people didn’t watch the game and they see the scores, they’re going to think it was close, but it wasn’t’.

Jackson, who is a former Miss Teen World winner, showed humility in her win and praised the Lakers’ star man for her victory; "You can’t beat LeBron. I think I had the upper hand in that sense".

Asked if she was confident going into the next round, Jackson was conscious of not getting ahead of herself, saying "I think that was beginner’s luck. I’m not going to say anything, I’m going to play my cards close to my chest and see what happens".

Could Amy Jackson be the dark horse of this year’s NBA2K19 Gaming Tournament?

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