The Big3 Basketball League is ready to take over the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK. Last week in Charlotte, Big3 fans witnessed the first rule change in Big3 Basketball history. The league switched the 60 points to win rule down to 50 points. The reasoning behind this change was to reduce the time it takes to complete the event. Half-time will now take place when a team reaches 25 points. Changing a rule for the better during the season proves that the Big3 are committed to making their brand a household name. Also, the willingness to change the rules for the better on the fly, will sit well with the fans. Regardless of shortening the games by 10 points, the Big 3 still put on a good show. Two games ended on a free-throw so that wasn’t too thrilling, but with the way Big3 Basketball founder Ice Cube has handled things recently, that issue will definitely be looked at.
BIG3 BASKETBALL WEEK 2 SCORES
Trilogy 50, 3 Headed Monsters 37
Trilogy took the lead from the start and never looked back. Trilogy took off with a 25-9 half-time lead. The second half was closer, but the game was too far out of reach for the 3 Headed Monsters. Al Harrington once again led the way for Rick Mahorn‘s team scoring 20 points. Rashad McCants added another 13 points in the victory. Rashard Lewis was 6-10 from the field and scored 17 points for the 3 Headed Monsters, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the game. If you look at the stat lines, the numbers were close except for 3 point percentage. Trilogy shot 36 percent from behind the arc compared to just 20 percent from the 3 Headed Monsters. The win keeps Trilogy tied for the lead in the Big3 Basketball standings.
Power 50, Killer 3’s 45
Clyde Drexler has his Power on a roll early in the Big3 season. Power now sits at the top of the Big3 Basketball standings with Trilogy with the when last Sunday. Cuttino Mobley bounced back after being injured in week 1’s game scoring a game high 23 points. DeShawn Stevenson went 3-6 on 3 pointers and added another 15 points. Chauncey Billups missed the first game for the Killer 3’s, but he wasted no time making up for lost ground. The former NBA champion and team captain scored 15 points in his first Big3 Basketball game. Stephen Jackson shot 7-13 from the field and led all of the Killer 3’s with 18 points. The Killer 3’s went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 41, but they seem to lack the inside presence needed to take control of a game. Maybe it’s time we see what Charles Oakley can do?
Ball Hogs 50, Tri-State 44
The Ball Hogs stormed back from a 10 point deficit in the first half due to the likes of Rasual Butler and Derrick Byars. Both players scored 19 points for the Ball Hogs with Byars adding 7 rebounds. Ball Hog captain Brian Scalabrine and co-captain Josh Childress didn’t offer much help in the winning effort, but Byars’ game winning three sealed the deal for the Ball Hogs. Mike James led all scorers for Tri-State with 17 points with Bonzi Wells adding 11 points and 10 points from Lee Nailon. The Ball Hogs outscored Tri-State 34-20 in the second half as Tri-State went cold shooting from the outside. Dr. J has some work to do if he’s going to get his team in the win column.
Ghost Ballers 50, 3’s Company 45
3’s Company shot out to a 28-18 lead at the half, but tanked in the second half as they were outscored 32-17. Ghost Ballers captain Mike Bibby is proving his worthiness as he shot 6-12 from the field, scoring 20 points. Bibby was also 2-5 in 4 point shots. Ivan Johnson also had a solid game with the Ghost Ballers shooting 9-14 from the field and adding 19 points to the cause. If 3’s Company is going to bounce back, Allen Iverson needs to get himself in the game and make an impact. The form NBA MVP and 11 time all-star matched his week 1 total scoring a whopping 2 points. DerMarr Johnson and Andre Owens scored 14 points each for 3’s Company. With the Ghost Ballers up 47-44, Bibby dunked the ball and was fouled on the play. He then made a free throw to give the Ghost Ballers the win. 3’s Company needs Iverson to work his magic on the court if the plan to take home the first Big3 crown, but Iverson has been adamant about focusing on his coaching duties. Come on A.I. Big3 Basketball fans were excited to see you play. So play for crying out loud.
BIG3 BASKETBALL STAT LEADERS
Points Per Game
Al Harrington – Trilogy – 22.5
Rashard Lewis – 3 Headed Monsters – 22.0
Rasual Butler – Ball Hogs – 20.5
Derrick Byars – Ball Hogs – 19.0
Stephen Jackson – Killer 3’s – 18.5
Cuttino Mobley – Power – 18.5
Assists Per Game
Andre Owens – 3’s Company – 4.5
Mike James – Tri-State – 4.0
Xavier Silas – Tri-State – 3.5
Mike Bibby – Ghost Ballers – 3.5
3PT Leaders (TOTAL)
Rasual Butler – Ball Hogs – 9
DeShawn Stevenson – Power – 8
Andre Owens – 3’s Company – 5
Mike James – Tri-State – 5
4PT Leaders (TOT)
Mike Bibby – Ghost Ballers – 4
Chauncey Billups – Killer 3’s – 2
Derrick Byars – Ball Hogs – 1
DerMarr Johnson – 3’s Company – 1
Rashard Lewis – 3 Headed Monsters – 1
Cuttino Mobley – Power – 1
BIG3 BASKETBALL STANDINGS
Team W L
Power 2 0
Trilogy 2 0
3’s Company 1 1
3 Headed Monsters 1 1
Ball Hogs 1 1
Ghost Ballers 1 1
Killer 3’s 0 2
Tri-State 0 2
BIG3 BASKETBALL WEEK 3 PREVIEW
Here is the Big3 schedule for the games on Sunday, July 9th at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK.
Power vs. 3 Headed Monsters
For the second straight week, the 3 Headed Monsters are taking on the second of Big3 Basketball’s best teams. Power is looking to remain undefeated in Big3 play. While the 3 Headed Monsters are trying to bounce back from their week two loss against Trilogy. This match-up will feature two of Big3’s best early on going at it. Rashard Lewis is carrying the load for the 3 Headed Monsters since Jason Williams is out for the season with a knee injury, while Cuttino Mobley leads Power in scoring. Both teams score well inside the paint so this could come down to whoever can shoot better from the outside.
Killer 3’s vs. Tri-State
After this game, only one team will remain winless in Big3 Basketball play. Chauncey Billups will be a huge presence for the Killer 3’s and looks to get Oakley’s team off and running. They need to play better inside the paint though. It’s doubtful that Charles Oakley has anything left in the tank, but he could fill the inside void if he does. Tri-State on the other hand will be looking for Mike James to get them their first win on Sunday. Dr. J’s team likes to play inside so this could be the mismatch they’re looking for as the Killer 3’s have been nonexistent inside the paint.
Ball Hogs vs. Ghost Ballers
Mike Bibby was named Big3 Basketball Player of the Week for week 2 and will be looking to be the first player in Big3 history to win the award back to back. Look for Ivan Johnson to be right up there in scoring with Bibby again this week. If the Ghost Ballers are going to leave Tulsa with a win, they’re going to have to play some defense. The Ball Hogs consist of the #3 and #4 scorers in the Big3 with Rasual Butler and Derrick Byars. Both players shoot from the field very well. Dominic McGuire will add some power underneath the rim with his rebounding skills so the Ball Hogs could be finding their groove.
3’s Company vs. Trilogy
Trilogy is looking to keep pace with Power as the only undefeated teams in Big3 Basketball. Al Harrington has been a scoring machine for Trilogy so far and he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Big3’s first overall draft pick in Rashad McaCants has been a solid contributer as well. Trilogy features a stout defense that makes this one of the most solid teams in Big3 Basketball. Andre Owens has been the best player so far for 3’s Company and DerMarr Johnson has as well. If 3’s company are going to compete with the better teams in the leage, coach Allen Iverson needs to get his best player in the game more. Himself. Look for 3’s Company to struggle if Iverson keeps treating the Big3 like practice and showing minimal participation.
Overall, this should be another good week for Big3 Basketball and the matchups should provide fans with some quality basketball. Tip-Off for the first game is Sunday at 2pm at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK and you can catch all of the action on television Monday at 8pm on FS1. Hopefully with the rule changes that will shorten the overall event length, Big3 Basketball is looking into working on the games being a live broadcast.