The two top seeds handled business on Friday night at OTE Arena as the playoffs kicked off. The Cold Hearts and the Holy Rams both got crucial wins in the best-of-three series to put them on the cusp of securing their spot in the semi-finals.
The night started with the Cold Hearts defeating the Hillcrest Bruins 108-85. It makes the Cold Hearts 4-0 against the Bruins this season with the last two wins coming by 20-plus points.
Six players scored in double figures with Tyler Smith leading the way with 21 points and seven rebounds. He hit four threes on the night. Matt Bewley is also finding his form after battling an ankle injury for a lot of the season finishing the games with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Early in the game, the Bruins got off to a great start leading 15-8. Down seven, the Cold Hearts went on a 14-0 run in the first quarter to go up 22-15. Once they got the lead, the Cold Hearts really never looked back, outscoring the Bruins in each quarter.
The Cold Hearts finished the game with 25 assists and just 11 turnovers. That matches the most assists they’ve had all season.
The Holy Rams and Falcons game was tightly contested throughout. Isaiah Coleman came up huge for the Holy Rams with 31 points.
Leading by two with under 30 seconds, Coleman had the chance to put a dagger in the Falcons and hoisted a three with the shot clock winding down and it swished putting the Holy Rams up five.
Jayden Quaintance was close to having a triple double with 12 rebounds, nine points and nine blocks.
Ty-Laur Johnson had 23 points for the Falcons and Christian Jones had 22.
Tomorrow will be game two with the Cold Hearts and Bruins playing at 6 p.m. and the Holy Rams and Falcons playing right after at 8 p.m.