BIG3 made its international debut on Friday night in Toronto, when world-class basketball players like Nate Robinson, Amar’e Stoudemire, Metta World Peace, and more stormed the Scotiabank Arena and put on a show for our neighbors to the North. Week 6 also brought some clarity to the playoff picture – Power clinched a berth with their dominant victory over the Killer 3s, while both Trilogy, Ball Hogs and Ghost Ballers were eliminated from contention. The undefeated 3-Headed Monsters were the only team heading into Friday night’s action with a guaranteed playoff spot. 3’s Company (4-2), Tri-State (4-2) and Killers 3s (2-4) are still in the hunt, although the odds are stacked heavily against the Killer 3s, who would need to win their next two games, and have both teams lose theirs, in order to finish the season tied for fourth place.
In the night’s first matchup, the Ball Hogs had a strong start, backing the undefeated 3 Headed Monsters into a corner early in the game – and heading into halftime up 6 points. Jermaine Taylor dominated for the Ball Hogs with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop Reggie Evans. Evans erupted in the second half, leading the 3 Headed Monsters on a 13-2 run, and securing the game winning shot. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis had a big night for his team, putting up 14 points, including two 3-pointers, that culminated with an assist on a Birdman dunk, to secure Power’s spot in the playoffs.
In Game 3, Tri-State fought to clinch their spot in the playoffs, but fell to 3’s Company in an intense match up that included Bonzi Wells’ ejection from the game. Andre Emmett led 3’s Company with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals. DerMarr Johnson was not far behind with a total of 14 points and five rebounds. Heading into Week 7, and two weeks before the playoffs, Tri-State and 3’s Company are tied for third place. Despite already being eliminated from playoff contention, the Ghost Ballers came to play in Week 6, and were able to secure their first win of the season. Back from an injury, Mike Bibby reunited with Carlos Boozer and Ricky Davis to deliver a true team win. Davis had a game-high 23 points, Boozer accounted for 18 points and seven rebounds, and Bibby had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Here are the Game Recaps:
3 Headed Monsters 51 (6-0) vs Ball Hogs 45 (1-5)
Despite a strong first-half effort from the Ball Hogs, it wasn’t enough to keep them from the brink of playoff elimination. The Ball Hogs led 26-20 at halftime, thanks in large part to Jermaine Taylor. Taylor opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and then hit his third 3-pointer of the night to send it to the half.
That’s when 3-Headed Monsters co-captain Reggie Evans took over. Evans, who earned BIG3 Player of the Week honors twice in the first four weeks of the season, made a case for winning that honor for a third time. Led by eight points from Evans, the Monsters went on a 13-2 run to start the second half. When Evans laid in the game-winning shot, he had himself another double-double — his 24 points and 10 rebounds were both game highs. Qyntel Woods had 11 points and six rebounds for the 3-Headed Monsters and Jamario Moon followed up his stellar Week 5 performance with eight points and four rebounds. Taylor led the Ball Hogs with 18 points. Josh Childress had 10.
Power 50 (5-1) vs Killer 3s 28 (2-4)
Power players knew they could clinch a playoff berth with a victory, and they had to feel better about their chances when they learned that Killer 3s co-captain Stephen Jackson would not be playing. While the Killer 3s hung in there early, Power pulled away midway through the first half. After the game was tied at eight, Power went on a 13-0 run that included a 3-pointer from Glen “Big Baby” Davis. When Power went to halftime with a 25-10 lead, Davis led the team with nine points and all five players had at least four.
After Metta World Peace tried to get the Killer 3s back in it with five straight points to start the second half, Davis hit another 3-pointer. Power never looked back after that, and they showed off their great passing on the game’s final points, as Corey Maggette passed to Davis who dished to Chris “Birdman” Andersen for the game-winner. Davis led Power with 14 points. Maggette and Cuttino Mobley each had 11 points and seven rebounds. Metta World Peace led the Killer 3s with nine points.
“It feels good,” Mobley said after the game about clinching a playoff spot. “We knew because (Jackson) wasn’t here, we had to jump on them quick… I’m just proud of our guys.”
3’s Company 51 (4-2) vs Tri-State 29 (4-2)
Trilogy and the Ball Hogs watched this one closely, knowing that they could be eliminated if 3’s Company won this game… and that’s exactly what happened. As good as Tri-State has been all season, they couldn’t avoid being routed by a fired-up 3’s Company. With Baron Davis still out for 3’s Company, Andre Emmett stepped up in a big way. Emmett had 10 points in the first half, hitting a jumper to give his squad a 25-15 halftime lead.
Nate Robinson hit his second 3-pointer early in the second half to give Tri-State a spark, but 3’s Company could not be stopped. Emmett finished with a game-high 23 points as they continued to build on their lead, and Drew Gooden hit a 3-pointer for the game-winner. Captain DerMarr Johnson had 14 points. Jason Maxiell led 3’s Company with seven rebounds. David Hawkins led Tri-State with 10 points.
Ghost Ballers 50 (1-5) vs Trilogy 41 (1-5)
Video Highlights: https://foxgroup.box.com/s/1u6qez8wul4plnebcqu73v2o0z06pqmt
The Ghost Ballers have been competitive all season despite coming into Week 6 with a winless record. So it was a bit of irony that they got their first win of the season moments after being eliminated from playoff contention. And as long as they were out of the playoffs, they had the satisfaction of eliminating the defending champs.
The game began in back and forth fashion, but after a James White dunk gave Trilogy a 16-15 lead, the Ghost Ballers went on a 10-2 run. Mike Bibby, who had missed a few weeks with injury, nailed a 3-pointer to give the Ghost Ballers a 25-18 halftime lead. The trio of Bibby, Ricky Davis and Carlos Boozer proved too much for Trilogy – those three players accounted for all the scoring for the Ghost Ballers. Derrick Byars had 10 points in the second half to keep Trilogy alive, and he finished with a team-high 15, but they never got within seven. With a 48-41 lead, Davis took a pass from Boozer and laid in the game-winning shot. Davis finished with a game-high 23. Boozer had 18 points and seven rebounds. Bibby had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists.
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