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BIG3 Week 7 recap: 3 Headed Monsters make playoffs, Gervin's Ghost Ballers lose & more - Aug 10, 2017


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In front of a high energized crowd of more than 8,000 basketball fans, BIG3 took the Rupp Arena court in Lexington, KY on Sunday, delivering another week of highly competitive, professional 3-on-3 basketball. With life or death playoff implications for teams in every game, the energy inside the historic arena was electrifying and the competition at an all time high. The Lexington Herald-Leader noted, 'Marketers have talked up the level of physicality and intensity in these contests, and it's not baloney. Guys dive after loose balls and body each other up in the post.' That physical intensity was on full display in all four contests as players battled for every possession, leaving it all on the floor in the penultimate games of the regular season.
In the most exciting and feature game of the day, Trilogy maintained their unbreakable winning streak in a dramatic come from behind win after trailing 25-14 at halftime before claiming a 50-45 win against a hardfought Power. Trilogy is now 7-0 and have clinched the first seed in the playoffs. From the first possession, the intensity of play was off the charts as Trilogy's James White (201-F/G-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: 3Eye) continued his streak of hard-nosed defense and trash talking in an effort to keep Power Captain Cuttino Mobley (194-G-74, college: Rhode Island) in check. Trilogy Captain Kenyon Martin (206-F-77, college: Cincinnati) highlighted his team's aggressive play in the win with two massive blocks that brought in thunderous roars from the fans. The level of basketball was so high in the closing possessions of the game that the crowd was on its feet for a full ten minutes. Rashad McCants (193-SG-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: Haylett Sports), the league's overall No. 1 draft pick led his undefeated team to victory with 20 points and eight rebounds including the game winning score. With this being Power's second loss in a row, they are now placed in a must win situation going into Week 8.
The day's second matchup was a back and forth game between Co-Captain Stephen Jackson (203-F/G-78, college: Butler Co.CC, agency: Interperformances)'s Killer 3s and last week's Player of the Week Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston)' 3's Company as both teams entered the day in need of a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Killer 3s jumped out to an early lead while relying on Jackson and Billups along with league leading rebounder Reggie Evans. The second half was an all out war with players fighting for loose balls and going at each other to see who could come away with the win. 3's Company regained the lead on an Andre Owens jumper at 40-39 after trailing since early in the first half, but Chauncey Billups (190-PG-76, college: Colorado) was able to put his team back on top moments later with a clutch free throw. In the game's final possessions with the everyone in the arena standing, 3's Company Co-Captain DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) hit a huge jumper and Al Thornton nailed the game winner to give Johnson his second consecutive win as a head coach.
The 3 Headed Monsters continued to ride the hot hand of league scoring leader Rashard Lewis (208-F-79) and guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) to take down the Ball Hogs. With the 50-34 win, 3 Headed Monsters clinched the second seed in the playoffs.
In the day's finale, Tri-State took to the court with a 1-5 record and beat the odds to pull off a 51-43 win against Ghost Ballers. If the team is able to secure another win in Week 8, Tri-State will have an opportunity to compete in the playoffs.
Official attendance was 8,007. Kentucky legends Sam Bowie and Rex Chapman were among the crowd at Rupp Arena taking in the action and were joined by fellow Wildcat Rajon Rondo and Lexington native and Orlando Magic star Shelvin Mack.
Courtesy of: news4sanantonio.com   




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