Ice Cube’s Big Three League was back in action on Friday night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. This was Week 7 of play, which means the penultimate week of Big 3 ball has passed us by. The upper tier squads are all jockeying for playoff positioning as we come down to the wire. There are eight teams in the league and eight weeks of the regular season, but only the top four teams will advance to the postseason. We were lucky enough to see the top two teams in the league go at it, which resulted in the crowning of a new #1 seed!
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“Power” toppled the squad “3 Headed Monsters” who had a previously unbeaten record of 6-0. Power came out hard and aggressive early, and the finesse of 3 Headed never caught up despite a late rally. Former big league ballers Cory Magette, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, and Chris “Birdman” Anderson all put in excellent contributions on offense and defense, with Magette leading the way with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. They totally look like the team to beat now, given their solid victory of 51-40 over the previous #1 seed. Something tells me that these two will be the last ones standing come the Big 3 championship in a few weeks.
“Tri-State” gave us a hard-fought victory over the formidable “Killer Three’s” as well, 51-45. Tri-State sits right under 3 Headed Monsteres and Power for third place in the Big 3 rankings. They’re gunning to establish themselves as a top playoff threat. Tri got some nice stat lines from Nate Robinson(14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and David Hawkins (14 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) to lead them to victory. Killer Three’s are out of the playoff picture with a 2-5 record, which is a shame because they boast some good guys in the way of Stephen Jackson, Metta World Peace, Alan Anderson, and Mike James. They just lacked focus this year. It culminated with Metta World Peace kicking a basketballs into the crowd a couple weeks back. Chauncey Billups’ leadership has been dearly missed, as he has sat out all year post-knee surgery. Maybe he’ll be back next year for another crack at the Big 3 competition.
On Friday, we also saw #5 Trilogy prevail over #8 Ball Hogs. Trilogy is out of the playoff picture as well with a 2-5 record, but both squads were intent on fighting for pride. Trilogy rallied in the second half after coming in down by 6, 20-26. Derrick Byars led the charge for Trilogy with 17 points and 9 boards, while Al Thornton pitched in a solid 12 points & 4 rebounds. Deshawn Stevenson and Andre Owens tried to lead the lowly Ball Hogs to the promised land, but they fell short for the sixth time this year. They’ll get a chance to redeem their unsatisfactory record with a match against the top squad Power. Things probably aren’t going to end well for them. The final contest of the evening saw Ghost Ballers and 3’s Company lock horns on the court. Ghost Ballers have yet to win their second game this season, and that didn’t change on Friday night. 3’s Company didn’t have Baron Davis but they handily dispatched Ghost Ballers nonetheless, 51-33.
Andre Emmit – who has been the main catalyst for 3’s company of late – was the guy who got the job done with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Ghost Ballers got 15 each from Ricky Davis and Carlos Boozer, but it just wasn’t enough tonight. The Ghosts might not win another game this year, as they play # 2 seeded 3 Headed Monsters in the final week. The final regular season week of Big 3 basketball will take place next Friday in Atlanta, Georgia at the Infinite Energy Arena. Each team’s fate is decided for the most part but look for each contender to make a statement heading into the postseason. Games will be broadcasted on Fox Sports One per usual at 7 PM EST.
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