Overtime Elite played in their first road games in North Carolina just north of Charlotte at Combine Academy on Monday night.
With the crowd against them throughout the night, all three teams battled to go a perfect 3-0 and keep OTE perfect early in their first season.
Jean Montero set the OTE scoring record with 33 points in the final game of the night. It’s the third time in three sets of games that the scoring benchmark has been set by a different player.
The player that held the scoring record after Saturday was Ausar Thompson. He stayed hot leading his team to a victory in the second game against Winston Salem Christian with 31 points for the second game in a row.
All three of the teams will be back at Combine Academy tomorrow playing the same three teams in a different order on Tuesday before heading back to Atlanta.
Recaps of all three games are below.
OTE 86 vs. Liberty Heights 70
After a back and forth first quarter, OTE found some breathing room in the second quarter opening up a 14-point lead at halftime up 49-35.
Liberty Heights made a run at OTE in the third quarter only trailing by one heading into the fourth, but OTE stepped up their defense to end the hopes of an upset.
They pulled away and finished the game with an emphatic slam from Kok Yat to win by 16. Johned Walker led the team and was huge down the stretch scoring 21 points.
Team Elite 96 vs. Winston Salem Christian 95
In the second game of the night, Ausar Thompson came out flying with two thunderous dunks in the first quarter. Team Elite led 28-24 after the first.
To start the second, their shot making and athleticism pushed them to open the quarter on a 14-5 run. Winston Salem Christian closed the gap before halftime though, hitting a three with the clock winding down to make the score 50-47 at halftime.
Team Elite built a bigger lead in the third, but Winston Salem hung around and eventually took the lead late in the fourth quarter. Ausar Thompson got the ball on the next possession and hit a turnaround jumper to give Team Elite the lead one last time to win 96-95.
Team Overtime 106 vs. Combine Academy 95
In the final game of the night, Team Overtime played the home team Combine Academy and the crowd was rocking from the beginning.
Team Overtime built a lead early, but in the second quarter Jazian Gortman got hot pushing their lead to double figures.
With Combine Academy’s crowd behind them, they hung around, but Montero showed why he’s considered a first round pick in the next NBA draft. He had an answer to every run that Combine Academy tried to make.
Montero finished the night with 33 points, setting a new OTE scoring benchmark for points. Gortman was right behind him with 22 points.