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Esports team completes strong League of Legends season

UNG's esports club team won the Peach Belt Conference Blue Division in the League of Legends regular season and reached the PBC semifinals.

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) esports club team finished as the top group in the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) Blue Division for the spring 2021 League of Legends season. It also reached the semifinals of the PBC tournament held March 24-27.

Nick Alden, Yankun Li, Quoc Pham, Connor Sims, and Michael Watson were the team members who took part in the PBC tournament. UNG defeated Alma College 2-0 in its March 24 tournament opener before a 2-1 loss to eventual champion Kennesaw State University in the March 26 semifinals.

UNG finished with a 7-2 record.

The season's final event marked a full-circle moment for the team, as a year earlier its PBC tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The return to competition this academic year was a welcome development.

"It has been a lot of fun to see our teams take part in different competitions online," said Tim Baldwin, president of UNG's esports club and a senior from Canton, Georgia, pursuing a degree in computer science.

The signature win of UNG's season came in a 2-1 triumph vs. Florida Southern, the PBC tournament runner-up, in a Feb. 24 match.

"Tim has done a great job of leading this club," said Rob Kelly, coordinator of intramural sports and sports clubs. "It's a growing program that was very competitive this spring."

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