Team Elite used a fourth-quarter surge and a late bucket by Ryan Bewley to take the lead with 23 seconds and secure the second spot in the championship against Team OTE beginning on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
After trailing much of the game, Team Overtime used a huge third quarter where they outscored Team Elite 27-9 to lead by six going into the fourth. Once the final quarter got going, Team Overtime continued their run pushing their lead to as many as 12.
Team Elite wasn’t going to give up though, battling back to tie the game at 67 with 1:20 remaining. Jai Smith broke the tie for Team Overtime, hitting one free throw to go up 68-67. On the next possession, Bryce Griggs found Bewley for the layup to go up by one.
On the other end, Jean Montero had a look from three, but couldn’t get it to fall.
Montero led all scorers in the game with 26 points, but Dominic Barlow was his only other teammate to reach double figures with 14.
Team Elite’s scoring was much more balanced across the board with every player scoring at least one basket. Bryson Warren led the way with 14, but Ausar Thompson was right behind him with 13. Bryce Griggs chipped in with 12 and Bewley had 10.
In addition to Thompson’s 13 points, he led his team with eight rebounds and five blocks.
Barlow had a double-double with 13 rebounds to go along with his 14 points.
The win by Team Elite sets up Overtime Elite’s first championship as they will face Team OTE starting Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The series will be a best of three with the other two games being on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.