Each Overtime Elite team handled their business up in Ohio against SPIRE Institute, Western Reserve Academy and International Sports Academy on Thursday night.
In the final game of the night, Amen Thompson brought Team OTE back from a three-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to give the Overtime Elite teams a 3-0 night on Thursday. Thompson finished the game with 20 points, seven steals and five assists. The seven steals is a new Overtime Elite single-game record.
The three teams will be back in action at SPIRE Institute on Friday, February 11 with the first game starting at 5 p.m.
Team Elite 66 vs. SPIRE Institute 62
In the first game of the road trip, Team Elite got out to a hot start going up double digits early and leading 21-8 after the first quarter.
Spire got hot from three in the second quarter, hitting 4-6 from deep and pulled to within four at the half.
Spire briefly took a lead in the third, but Team Elite responded by matching their intensity, preserving their four-point lead heading into the fourth. The fourth was much of the same with the teams going back and forth, but Bryce Griggs and Ausar Thompson were too much for Spire to overcome.
Thompson led the team with 16 points. He also had six assists and five rebounds. For the sixth time in seven games, Emmanuel Maldonado scored in double figures with 13 points while also setting his teammates up six times. Griggs was the other player in double figures with 12 points.
The win is Team Elite’s sixth win in a row.
Team Overtime 56 vs. Western Reserve Academy 31
Team Overtime grabbed a lead immediately, and never gave Western Reserve Academy a chance to come back, holding them to two points in the third quarter and just nine in the entire second half.
Alexandre Sarr and Dominick Barlow led the way with 13 points. It’s the first time Sarr has led Team Overtime in points this season, and he added five blocks on the defensive end.
Lewis Duarte and Jean Montero were also in double figures with 11 points.
The offense was flowing with seven of the eight players on Team Overtime with at least one assist.
The win keeps Team Overtime tied at the top of the standings with 18 points.
Team OTE 66 vs. ISA 57
Trailing by three heading into the fourth quarter, Team OTE locked in on defense only giving up six points, to take the win by nine.
A big part of shutting down ISA in the fourth quarter was Team OTE’s perimeter defense. ISA finished 11-22 from behind the arc, but didn’t hit a triple over the final eight minutes.
To go along with Thompson’s stat line, Johned Walker scored 14 points and had five steals of his own. TJ Clark pitched in with 10 points.
Team OTE forced 23 turnovers in the game with 15 of those being steals, breaking the Overtime Elite single-game record. Seven of those steals came in the fourth quarter.