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BIG3: Week 7 Recap

BIG3 basketball took to Lexington, Kentucky for week 7, where teams continued the fight for positioning in league’s inaugural playoffs.  

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The BIG3’s seventh week saw some incredible match-ups, as teams continued to battle for playoff spots. Here’s a recap of the Week 7 games, with special focus on former Los Angeles Clippers in the league.

Game 1: 3 Headed Monsters 50, Ball Hogs 34

Rick Barry’s Ball Hogs continued to perform unimpressively, losing spectacularly to 3 Headed Monsters 34-50.

Rashard Lewis finished with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds for 3 Headed Monsters, while Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Derrick Byars was the only player in double figures for the 1-6 Ball Hogs, scoring 11. With this victory, 3 Headed Monsters clinched the second seed in the playoffs.

Game 2: 3’s Company 51, Killer 3s 48

Despite stellar performances by Stephen Jackson and Chauncey Billups, Killer 3’s were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to 3’s Company 51-48. Jackson was the game’s high scorer with 25 points on 10-21 shooting from the field, while Billups added 10. Jackson’s performance earned him Big3 Player of the Week honors. He is currently the league’s second leading scorer, averaging 21.6 points per game.

Reggie Evans also performed notably, snatching 13 boards for Killer 3’s.

Andre Owens (20 points, 4 rebounds) and Al Thornton (15 points) led the way for 3’s Company, who improved to a 3-4 for the season. DerMarr Johnson also hit double figures with 10 points in the win. Ruben Patterson had a forgettable performance, scoring 2 points. Playing coach Alan Iverson was unable to suit up due to a one-game suspension resulting from last week's no-show.

Game 3: Trilogy 50, Power 45

Favored Trilogy continued their winning streak by defeating Power in a come-from-behind win 50-45. A surge by Power right before the half put them on top 25-14. It was not enough to stop the talented Trilogy, however. A 22-2 run to start the second half quickly erased the eleven point deficit. Trilogy’s Rashad McCants, the number 1 overall pick in the BIG3 draft, led all scorers with 20 points. Al Harrington added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Kenyon Martin had only 4 points in the game, but dazzled the crowd with his aggressive defense and two impressive blocks. With the win, Trilogy clinched the first seed in the upcoming playoffs.

DeShawn Stevenson finished with a team-high 19 points for Power, who failed to secure a playoff bearth as it dropped to 4-3. Co-captain Cuttino Mobley added 17 points on 6 for 10 shooting and 7 rebounds. Rasual Butler, who was traded to Power at the end of July, scored just 3 points on 1 for 6 shooting in the match-up. Corey Maggette, who was injured during Week 1, remains out for the season.

Game 4: Tri-State 51, Ghost Ballers 43

In a surprising upset, Tri-State beat Ghost Ballers 51-43. Tri-State, who entered the game with an unimpressive 1-5 record, scored 26 points in the paint and doubled the Ballers’ bench production to pull off the win. Bonzi Wells led all scorers with 18 points for Tri-State, while Dominic McGuire (13 points) and Lee Nailon (12 points), also hit double figures. In order to keep their playoff hopes alive, Tri-State must pull off a win in Week 8.

Ricky Davis led the way for the Ballers with 15 points on 4 for 10 shooting from the field. Ivan Johnson added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Mike Bibby turned in a solid game as well, contributing 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Bibby currently leads the league in assists.