After struggling much of the night on offense, the City Reapers exploded in the fourth quarter to get the 76-64 victory over the YNG Dreamerz at OTE Arena to move to 12-1 on the season.
Eli Ellis scored 15 of his 28 points on the night in the fourth quarter hitting five threes over the final 10 minutes. He broke the OTE single-game record with eight threes in the game. He also added six rebounds.
With 48 seconds left in the third quarter, the YNG Dreamerz led 48-35 and the Reapers turned their defense up, closing with seven quick points to make the score 48-42 going into the fourth. They kept the pressure on, extending the run to 20-0 before the Dreamerz got a basket to get to 50.
The City Reapers went on to outscore the Dreamerz 34-16 in the fourth with Amen and Ausar Thompson’s defense igniting the run, but Ellis becoming on fire continued to push the lead out for the 12-point win.
Amen finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Ausar had 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
The Dreamerz led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before the Reapers started their run.
In the game a week ago where the Dreamerz won, they outrebounded the Reapers by 12, but it was the Reapers tonight that held that advantage by one. The Reapers also forced 23 turnovers with the Dreamerz also only having 14 assists.
TJ Clark led the Dreamerz with 15 points. Izan Almansa was the other Dreamer in double figures with 10. Almansa also had eight rebounds.
Next week is the Overtime Elite Takeover where there will be a dunk contest, king of the court and then a 3v3 tournament on Saturday. The next games at OTE Arena will be Friday, February 3 as the Dreamerz play the Cold Hearts on Amazon Prime and the Reapers play Word of God at 9 p.m.