City Reapers Win OTE Championship

Mar 07, 2023
City Reapers Win OTE Championship

With time running out and the City Reapers trailing by one, Amen Thompson found his twin brother, Ausar, across the court who splashed a three for the lead with three seconds remaining. A half court attempt by the YNG Dreamerz was off the mark giving the Reapers a 3-0 sweep.

All three games came down to the wire with a buzzer beater coming in game two and three lead changes in the final 30 seconds of game three.

Ausar was named MVP after averaging 21.3 points per game to go along with the game winner in the clinching game. He now holds the first two finals MVP awards at OTE along with the first regular season MVP award.

The YNG Dreamerz led by nine points with 5:50 remaining in the game. Over the next three and a half minutes, the Reapers scored the next eight points to get within one before Kanaan Carlyle hit a three to push the lead back to four. Nathan Missia-Dio answered with a three of his own bringing the lead back to one.

A couple possessions later, Amen Thompson found a cutting Bryson Tiller for a layup to give the Reapers their first lead since 13-12 early in the game. That lead didn’t last long though as Jazian Gortman drove to the basket and hit a layup with seven seconds left. Out of a timeout, Amen got the ball and ran to the right side of the floor before whipping a cross-court pass to Ausar, who confidently nailed a deep three with Jaylen Martin having a hand in his face to seal the championship.

The three gave Ausar 24 for the game with none bigger than that last second three. The City Reapers only led for 1:44 of game time with the Dreamerz controlling most of the game holding onto the lead for 36:20.

Izan Almansa had another strong game finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds doing a lot of damage on the offensive glass. Kanaan Carlyle was right behind him with 15 points.

Amen Thompson had 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds and Nathan Missia-Dio had a huge double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Bryson Tiller showed his complete game last night as well, having 15 points and eight rebounds.

The win ensured the City Reapers were a perfect 5-0 through the playoffs and only had one loss all season.

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