Week 2 of the BIG3 took place in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday. In front of a crowd of 10,651 at the Spectrum Center, Week 2 saw the debut of Killer 3s star Chauncey Billups. The 40-year-old Billups, who reportedly will not take the job of president of basketball operations with the Cavs, told the assembled media during a postgame press conference that his decision to sit out week one was in an effort to not take attention away from the league’s debut.
All eight teams were in action on Sunday.
Here are highlights and recaps of all four games from Sunday:
GAME 1: Trilogy (50) vs. 3 Headed Monsters (37)
Trilogy rode the hot hand and physical play of captain Al Harrington to claim the team’s second victory of the season. Harrington led all scorers with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, earning nine points from the free throw line and grabbing seven rebounds. Trilogy got off to a fast start to kick off BIG3 Week 2 and took a commanding 16-point lead at halftime. Rashad McCants, a driving force behind UNC’s 2005 NCAA championship, made his return to North Carolina and complemented Harrington with 13 points. In the defeat, captain Rashard Lewis led the way for the team with 17 points and Eddie Basden finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
GAME 2: Power (50) vs. Killer 3s (45)
Killer 3s captain Chauncey Billups dropped 15 points including two 4-pointers, and his co-captain Stephen Jackson added 18 points on 60% shooting from the field (9-15). Billups knocked down a deep shot to give Killer 3s a two point halftime lead, but it wasn’t enough to slow down Power. After going down by four, Power scored 13 of the game’s final 17 points. Power’s captain Cuttino Mobley led all scorers with 23 points.
GAME 3: Ball Hogs (50) vs. Tri-State (44)
The Ball Hogs overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half to take the victory in Week 2 on the hot shooting of Rasual Butler and Derrick Byars. The duo teamed up for 38 of the team’s total points, including three 3-pointers from Butler and a 4-pointer from Byars. Tri-State’s Mike James scored 17 points.
GAME 4: Ghost Ballers (50) vs. 3’s Company (45)
The Ghost Ballers came up big to get the team’s first victory of the season, scoring the final ten points of the game. After being down nine points at the half, Ghost Ballers’ captain Mike Bibby turned it on and led both teams with 20 points. For 3’s Company, Dermarr Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss, and Allen Iverson finished with 2 points.
VIDEO COURTESY: FS1
BIG3’s Week 2 games will air on Fox Sports 1 on Monday night (7/3) at 8pm ET