Overtime Elite Begins Playoffs

Feb 15, 2023
Overtime Elite Begins Playoffs

With the regular season finished, it’s playoff time at Overtime Elite starting this weekend. The first two seeds have the week off waiting to find out who their opponents will be, but there will still be high level action at OTE Arena this weekend.

There are two games on Friday and two games on Saturday. The Cold Hearts are taking on the Hillcrest Bruins and the Word of God Holy Rams are taking on the OSL Falcons.

Seeds and Schedule Set

After last weekend, the seeds are set across the board with matchups set for the first weekend.

  1. City Reapers (14-1)
  2. YNG Dreamerz (11-4)
  3. Word of God Holy Rams (8-7)
  4. Cold Hearts (6-9)
  5. Hillcrest Bruins (3-12)
  6. OSL Falcons (3-12)

The schedule is set for the first round as well as how the rest of the playoffs will look.

Friday, Feb 17

7:00PM - #4 Cold Hearts vs. #5 Hillcrest 9:00PM - #3 Word of God vs. #6 OSL

Saturday, Feb 18

6:00PM - #5 Hillcrest vs. #4 Cold Hearts 8:00PM - #6 OSL vs #3 Word of God

If the series is tied after 2 games, Game three will be one 8-minute quarter played immediately following the conclusion of game 2. The higher seed will be the “Home Team”. Scores/Fouls will reset to 0.

The City Reapers will then play the lowest seed that advances and the YNG Dreamerz will play the highest seed that advances in the semi-finals. The semis will be a true best of three games series.

Cold Hearts Matchup well with the Bruins Out of the six wins that the Cold Hearts have this season, three of them have come against the Hillcrest Bruins with the last one being a 115-93 victory in Phoenix last week.

In all, the Cold Hearts beat the Bruins by an average of 17 points this season.

Tyler Smith played some of his best games this season against the Bruins averaging a double-double with 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. In the second game of the season, he had a career high with 15 rebounds.

If all the highest seeds win, the Cold Hearts next opponent will be the City Reapers. If the Holy Rams are upset in the first round, the Cold Hearts will play the YNG Dreamerz.

Holy Rams Look to Carry Momentum into Playoffs The Holy Rams finished the season strong getting a win over the YNG Dreamerz on Friday night. After losing two key players after the holiday break, they added Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn and Jayden Quaintance. Those two additions ended up being a key to them securing a three seed.

Gibbs-Lawhorn and Quaintance went 6-4 with the Holy Rams once they joined the team in Raleigh. Gibbs-Lawhorn is second in the league averaging 20.3 points per game and Quaintance is one of two players in the league averaging a double-double.

They’ll be taking on the OSL Falcons, who they went 2-1 against in the regular season. The two wins came by only one point, so this series could go either way.

Tyler Smith Named Player of the Week Tyler Smith finished the season strong scoring 19 points in each of the Cold Hearts last two games that saw them go 1-1 on the week. He was also active on the boards averaging nine in the two games and forcing three steals per game.

Smith is peaking at the right time for the Cold Hearts as he averaged almost 22 points per game over the final four games of the season. He scored in double figures in 13 of the 15 games through the regular season.

City Reapers and YNG Dreamerz Wait to Find Out Opponents The City Reapers and YNG Dreamerz secured the top seeds in the playoffs so will wait to find out who they’ll play in the next round.

The City Reapers will play the lowest seed that advances and the Dreamerz will play the highest that advances. The first game is Tuesday, February 21 with the schedule being released at a later date.

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