The Cold Hearts and Word of God Holy Rams battled on Saturday night at OTE Arena in one of the best Overtime Elite games to date as the Holy Rams came out on top with a thrilling 104-103 victory.
The Holy Rams stars paced them on the night as Freddie Dilione threatened the OTE scoring record again after setting a new mark earlier this week with 36 points. Tonight, he had 35 with a huge second half. His teammate Davin Cosby set an OTE single-game record of his own with seven three pointers and 23 points. Cosby had six three pointers in the first half and the previous OTE mark for threes was five set last year by five different players.
The Holy Rams got going early and carried a 12-point lead into the half. The Cold Hearts came out firing in the third quarter getting within one going to the fourth. The Cold Hearts continued that run going up by as many as nine and being on the verge of running away it, but the Holy Rams responded.
They took the lead back three minutes later and the teams went back and forth as Rob Dillingham hit a huge three to tie things up at 95, but the Holy Rams locked it down and made their free throws down the stretch.
The Cold Hearts made it interesting as Trey Parker hit a three while getting fouled for a four-point play to make their deficit three. After the Holy Rams made one of two free throws, Naasir Cunningham knocked down a three at the buzzer and appeared to draw some contact on the shot. No foul was called, giving the Holy Rams the 104-103 victory.
It’s the first game in Overtime Elite history where both teams eclipsed the 100-point mark.
Tyler Smith led the Cold Hearts with 21 points and had nine rebounds. Bryce Griggs was right behind him with 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Dillingham wrapped up his first weekend with the Cold Hearts with 19 points and five steals.
Bryson Tiller and Cunningham both had good nights too as Tiller notched his first double-double at OTE with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Cunningham scored 16 points and nine rebounds.
For the Holy Rams, Isaiah Coleman and Antonio Hurns also scored in double figures.
The Cold Hearts will travel to the Bronx this week for games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Holy Rams will play their next OTE game on November 19 when they host the Hillcrest Bruins in Raleigh.