3’s Company and Killer 3s Maintain Championship Hopes with Season-Saving Wins
3 Headed Monsters Overcome Second-Half Deficit to Clinch Playoffs Berth
More than 15,000 Dallas Fans Treated to Thrilling Quadruple Header Featuring Come-from-Behind and Down-to-the-Wire Wins —
— July 30, 2017 —
In front of more than 15,000 fans, Trilogy dispatched Ghost Ballers in the BIG3’s Week 6 marquee game to maintain its unblemished record and cement the team as the class of the inaugural league. In a potential playoff preview that involved heated taunts back and forth, Trilogy pulled away in the second half behind a team effort that featured three players, Al Harrington, James White and Rashad McCants, with double figures in points.Facing elimination from BIG3 Championship contention, 3’s Company and Killer 3s both saved their seasons behind standout performances from Andre Owens and Stephen Jackson, respectively.
In the day’s finale, 3’s Company beat the odds to pull a huge upset and stay alive for the Championship. The team took the court on the brink of elimination with a 1-4 record and without Player/Coach and Captain Allen Iverson who was a surprise absence. Facing one of the BIG3’s best teams, Power, 3’s Company rallied for a dramatic overtime win. With 3’s Company on the verge of sewing up a victory, hometown hero and Power star DeShawn Stevenson nailed a huge 4-point shot that catapulted Power back into the game at 48-47. A layup by Rasual Butler brought the favorites within a point from the win when Al Thornton put 3’s Company back on top with a layup to make it 50-49. Just moments later, Owens capped a wild day for the team right after when he drilled a game-winning three-pointer.
With Player Captain Chauncey Billups back in the lineup, Killer 3s put themselves in position to make a stretch run toward the Championship with a convincing 50-40 win over the Ball Hogs. A fiery Stephen Jackson put the Killers 3s on his back with a stat-stuffing 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. In his return to action, Billups drained a four-pointer as part of his eight points.
In the day’s second game, the duo of Rashard Lewis and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf overcame a rusty start to earn the second playoff berth in the league. Tri-State raced out to a 15-9 lead in the first half behind seven early points from Bonzi Wells. 3 Headed Monsters fought back to tie the game at 23 before taking a halftime lead (25-23). The teams went back-and-forth in the second half — the lead changed nine times throughout the game — before 3 Headed Monsters’ star pairing fueled a 10-4 run to close out the game and earn their ticket to the Championship Bracket in Seattle. Among the 15,125 — the league’s second-largest crowd (Week 1, 15,177) — were NBA Champion and former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry, LL Cool J, hip hop artist Trae the Truth and rapper Dorrough, who performed his hit ‘Ice Cream Paint Job’ at halftime of Game 4.
BIG3 Week 6 games will air on Fox Sports 1 Monday evening at 8 p.m. ET. BIG3 Week 7 will bring professional basketball to college basketball’s iconic Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. on Sunday, Aug. 6.