PUBLISHED August 25, 2018 | News
Power becomes the second-ever BIG3 Champion (Trilogy, 2017) with a dominant performance that showcased why the team has been the class of the league in 2018. Power used contributions from each player on its deep roster to cap its season of dominance with hardware. Nancy Lieberman becomes the first female head coach to lead a professional men’s team to a Championship and Power’s Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, Quentin Richardson, Ryan Gomes and Xavier Silas each won their first professional championship. With the win, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen earned second professional championship ring.
Power Co-Captain Cuttino Mobley sealed the victory with a jumper off a drive to set off the celebration and deliver the Julius Erving Championship Trophy to Power. League MVP Corey Maggette exploded for 27 points in a dominant performance to deliver the win and earn the Championship MVP award. 3’s Company raced out to an early lead to open the game, before a pivotal momentum-shifting on-court skirmish sparked by a confrontation between Power’s Corey Maggette and 3’s Company’s Dahntay Jones. After the benches cleared, Power rode a 16-3 run to take control of the game and never looked back.
3’s Company’s Andre Emmett poured in 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a dominant game in the losing effort. Led by Emmett, 3’s Company cut a 49-34 deficit to 49-43, but the late run wasn’t enough to catch Power. As BIG3 Champions, Power will return its entire team roster when they begin their title defense in 2019.
In the third place game, 3 Headed Monsters’ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf drilled a three-pointer with the score tied at 49 to deliver the victory. Facing point game 47-44, Abdul-Rauf took over the game with a personal 7 point run when he dropped in a layup to close the gap to one, before hitting back-to-back threes. The three capped a run in which Abdul-Rauf took over the game with a layup to pull 3 Headed Monsters to within one at 47-44. Abdul-Rauf poured in 28 points, including four three-pointers, and Qyntel Woods delivered 20 to carry the 3 Headed Monsters to the win. Tri-State’s Amar’e Stoudemire racked up 22, including 16 of his team’s first 20 points, and David Hawkins dropped 17 in defeat.
BIG3 Co-Founder and Co-CEO Ice Cube thrilled the crowd with a special pre-game performance, featuring hits like “It Was a Good Day,” “Check Yo Self” and “You Can Do It.”
On Thursday, adidas and BIG3 hosted the league’s Young3 community outreach initiative at the Manny Cantor Center in Manhattan’s lower east side. BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube, 3’s Company’s Drew Gooden and Dahntay Jones, and Tri-State’s Robert Hite were all on hand to spend time with the kids who were treated to day of skills clinics and three-on-three tournaments. New York’s own Nancy Lieberman and Young3 President Jerome ‘Junk Yard Dog’ Williams joined forces on Wednesday to re-open the refurbished Dream Court at the Long Beach Recreation Center. Following the ribbon-cutting, children participated in an open-court clinic conducted by the Young3.
Among the BIG3 Championship crowd were LL Cool J, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sway, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, Hall of Famer Tina Thompson, Fetty Luciano, Rod Strickland, and Brooklyn Nets players DeMarre Carroll, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kenneth Faried, and Treveon Graham. Also in the house to support were fellow BIG3 stars whose teams didn’t advance to the Championship including Carlos Boozer, Chauncey Billups, Rashad McCants, Ricky Davis, and Charles Oakley. An amped up crowd of 13,504 fans filled Barclays Center early and stayed late to witness BIG3 history.