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BIG3 BRINGS BIG BASKETBALL TO LITTLE RHODY

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●     Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis scored Power’s final four points to help secure the victory in front of a standing New England crowd. Following a game-winning, under-the-basket layup, Davis – who was ejected in Week 3 – embraced Power head coach Nancy Lieberman. 

●     Perry Jones (13 pts on 5 of 9 shooting) stepped up to help Enemies earn third consecutive win of the season. 

●     Andre Emmett (15 pts) and Jason Maxiell (12 pts, 4 reb) lead 3’s Company to its first victory, leaving the Ball Hogs in search of a first victory.

●     BIG3 continues tomorrow, with three games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Games begin at 12:00PM ET and will broadcast on CBS and CBS Sports Network. 

●     Today’s attendance was 8,112. 

Game Recaps:

 

Power 50 (3-1) vs Ghost Ballers 36 (2-2)

 

Coach Nancy Lieberman and reigning champion Power looked to rebound from its first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon. Ricky Davis and Jamario Moon didn’t make things easy in the first half, with a two-man game that helped the Ghost Ballers jump out to a 25-20 lead at intermission. The team shot an efficient 8-for-15 in the half, including a 4-point shot from Alex Scales. 

 

Power captain and BIG3 scoring leader Cuttino Mobley was sidelined with a calf injury for the game. However, the University of Rhode Island alumnus still managed to contribute, serving as a vocal presence from the bench, in what proved to be a chippy contest. 

 

The verbal back-and-forth did not serve the Ghost Ballers as well in the second half. Beyond a few flashy drives from the always energetic Mike Taylor, the team struggled to find the basket. Meanwhile, Power hit 60-percent of its shots in the half and 51-percent for the game. 

 

Ultimately, Power captain Corey Maggette – who made his Season 3 debut in Providence – proved to be too much. The 2018 BIG3 MVP jumped right back into form, pouring in 23 points, grabbing 15 boards and leading Power to its third victory on the season. 

 

Top Performers:

 

Power                                                                             Ghost Ballers

Corey Maggette     23 pts, 14 reb                                   Jamario Moon     13 pts, 5 reb

Julian Wright          17 pts, 6 reb                                     Ricky Davis         10 pts

 

Power rebound to (3-1); Ghost Ballers trip up at (2-2)

 

Enemies 50 (3-1) vs Aliens 39 (1-3)

 

Aliens have established several early leads this season, anchored by the toughness of first-year player Greg Oden. Things were no different in Week 4. The big man dominated down low with six of the Aliens’ first eight points (3-of-3 shooting). But, the Enemies quickly responded with strong teamwork, ball movement and contributions from Craig Smith and Gilbert Arenas. 

 

The Enemies’ kitchen was in full-service heading into the half, where Smith and company held a 25-18 lead. The squad came out of the break cooking. Smith showed off his scoring versatility, banging around in the paint and knocking down treys from deep (19 pts, 5 reb), while Perry Jones added to the mix with 13 points, 3 rebounds and one block. 

 

Alien’s Ryan Hollins was on the receiving end of several verbal jabs Saturday afternoon. He responded with trademark athleticism and scored some much-needed baskets at the rim. It wasn’t enough to mount a comeback, however, as the Enemies’ mix of hard drives and open jump shots propelled them to their third consecutive win. 

 

Top Performers:

 

Enemies                                                                                     Aliens

Craig Smith       19 pts, 5 reb                                                     Greg Oden       11 pts, 5 reb

Perry Jones      13 pts, 3 reb                                                      Ryan Hollins     8 pts, 4 reb

 

Enemies continue their winning streak (3-1); Aliens fall to (1-3)

 

3’s Company 50 (1-3) vs Ball Hogs 38 (0-4) 

 

Rhode Island’s final matchup featured two squads hungry for their first win of the season. 3’s Company and Ball Hogs played hard-nosed basketball and kept things close in the first half. 3’s Company held a slight edge, 25-20, going into the break.

 

3’s Company refused to slow down in the second half, as Andre Emmett provided a spark off the bench and finished with 17 points. The Ball Hogs’ big man Will Mcdonald continued to be a force (18 pts, 4 reb) and crowd-favorite Brian Scalabrine ignited the crowd with a couple of buckets under the rim. 

 

3’s Company also received solid contributions from Jason Maxiell and Dahntay Jones (8 pts, 3 reb), whose dazzling game-winner capped off a strong team win. The Ball Hogs and captain Brian Scalabrine will look to snatch their first win of the season next week in Oklahoma City. 

 

Top Performers:

 

3’s Company                                                                Ball Hogs

Andre Emmett   15 pts                                                   Will McDonald   16 pts

Jason Maxiell    12 pts, 4 reb

 

3’s Company gets on the board (1-3); Ball Hogs still looking for answers at (0-4)

 

ABOUT BIG3: BIG3 (BIG3.COM) is where basketball superstars play. The premier half-court, 3-on-3 basketball league, BIG3 features many of the greatest, most popular and skilled players of all time.  Founded by producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 combines highly competitive, physical, fast basketball and incredible fan experiences.

Source: Michael Chavez Booth

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