The BIG3 Weekly Recap – Charlotte

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By: Julio Olmo

The BIG3 is rollin and was back in Queen City, Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday noon. The basketball and family entertainment mix is just on a field all by itself, at the moment.

“What got me into doing the BIG3 is being a fan of basketball, and I always love 3-on-3. I play a lot more 3-on-3 than 5-on-5. I always wondered why I wasn’t elevated like to the pro level. You see a lot of tournaments like Mountain Dew or Nike, they’ll do tournaments for amateurs, like outside in the parking lots, but never in that arena for players who can actually play at a high level. So that’s kind of how the idea started to germinate. I want to see guys back on the court doing it that can still play this.”, Ice Cube.

So, Why Charlotte?

“We came here Year One, got a lot of support. So it was a no brainer to come back here too. We’re big fans of Michael Jordan, so anything that he’s involved with, we always feel special to be a part of. We hope to get those same people back in the building and more and just continue to grow the sport here in North Carolina. I don’t think you can have a basketball league without coming in North Carolina or Indiana. These are some of the richest basketball places in the country.” Ice Cube.

 

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Triplets continued their unbeaten, debut campaign behind another impressive performance from Joe “ISO” Johnson (20 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast and one game-icing 4-point shot). Lisa Leslie’s squad improved to 2-0 on the year, topping the Trilogy (0-2), 51-41.

Leading the way Johnson, worked through frequent double teams to put up another solid performance (20 pts, 8 reb and 5 ast). Former Bobcat and Hornet Al Jefferson helped build upon the Triplet’s inside out game with 14 points.  

Johnson scored the team’s final eight points, including a major 4-pointer that put any Trilogy comeback hopes to bed.  

Trilogy, despite the loss, put together a solid effort, shooting 54.8% from the field. They were led by stellar offensive play from James White, who scored 18 points and added six rebounds. DeShawn Stevenson contributed 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals).

 

The second game of the day proved to be a tale of two halves. At the end of the first, the Ball Hogs – paced by a dominating performance from big man Will McDonald (27 pts and 11 reb) – held a 26-13 lead over Enemies.

Coach Rick Barry and company eventually lost momentum when their first-year opponents, led by Craig Smith (21 pts and 4 reb), put together a 20-2 second half run.  

Three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas (13 pts and three reb) scored the winning points for his new team. His late, 2-point free throw was enough to seal the deal for the squad’s impressive comeback win. Frank Robinson (8 pts and 11 reb) and Royce White (10 pts, 8 reb and 2 ast), who was ejected early into his BIG3 debut last week, added to the effort.  

Ball Hogs are now (0-2); Enemies are now (1-1)

 

Killer 3s built upon its close Week 1 victory with a blowout win Saturday afternoon. The team lived up to their namesake, hitting six 3-pointers in the 18-point win. They improved to 2-0, behind 22 points from former Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Jackson (3-of-6 behind the arc, including a 4-point play), and the crafty playmaking ability of CJ Watson.  

Killer 3s started to take things over just before halftime, beginning with a corner three from CJ Watson that gave them a 27-19 lead at the break. Several 3-point shots from Watson and a 4-point shot from Jackson allowed Coach Charles Oakley to get his bench involved and help close things out. Franklin Sessions would eventually seal the deal with a 3-pointer. 

Drew Gooden and Andre Emmett each scored 10 points for 3’s Company.

 

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During the game, BIG3’s Michael Rapaport had an exclusive one-on-one interview with recently signed by the Boston Celtics, NBA Free Agent Kemba Walker, who was in attendance.

The BIG3 on CBS interview with Kemba Walker

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BIG3 is a professional 3-on-3 basketball league, featuring former National Basketball Association (NBA) and international players. The league was created by rapper/actor Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz.
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