The Cold Hearts and Holy Rams both closed out their best-of-three series in two games on Saturday night at OTE Arena. Without much drama, the Cold Hearts handled business against the Hillcrest Bruins and the Holy Rams withstood a couple fourth quarter runs from the Falcons to hold on and advance to the semis.
The Cold Hearts left zero doubt in their game, ending the Hillcrest Bruins season with a 114-94 victory in the second game of the best-of-three series. The win pushes them to the semi-finals, where they’ll play the City Reapers.
The Cold Hearts had three players with 20 points. They had Tyler Smith leading the way with 26 points, Rob Dillingham with 22 and Bryce Griggs with 20. Matt Bewley had a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
It was a dominating performance by the Cold Hearts with the chance to close the series out. They never trailed in the game and led by as many as 21.
The Bruins had five scorers in double figures with Jordan Burks scoring 24 and Aiden Sherrell scoring 21.
Things were tight once again between the Holy Rams and the Falcons with the difference coming in the third quarter. The Holy Rams won the third 29-21 to carry a nine-point lead into the fourth.
The Falcons started the quarter with an 8-0 run cutting the lead to just one point. The Falcons kept it close until a run by the Holy Rams, where they got their lead out to nine once again. The Falcons got that back down to five a couple times, but couldn’t get it closer than that despite a hot Ty-Laur Johnson in the fourth.
Johnson finished with 21 points with 14 of those coming in the final 10 minutes. It wasn’t enough to overcome 33 points from Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn on the Holy Rams.
The win by the Holy Rams sets up a matchup with the YNG Dreamerz. They played each other the last weekend of the regular season with the games being split.
The first matchup of the semi-finals will be Tuesday, February 21 between the Cold Hearts and City Reapers at 7 p.m. The Reapers beat them three times during the regular season with the last time only coming by four points.