Fans will have to wait until Monday night to see the inaugural set of games for the Big3 basketball league. However, the games took place on Sunday in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, and the results have started to trickle in.
If you want to watch the Big3’s opening weekend without knowing the results of the games, you will not want to read on. The league kicked off with 3 Headed Monsters taking on Ghost Ballers. According to USA Today, 3 Headed Monsters edged out Ghost Ballers 62-60.
The teams play to 60, but each team must win by at least two points. Rashard Lewis was the star of the game for the 3 Headed Monsters. Lewis won the game on a three-point play, and finished with 27 points. Lewis nailed this free throw to close out the game:
USA Today reports Corey Maggette was also injured, but appears to be okay.
In the second game of the day, Power defeated Tri-State 62-58. Former NBA player DeShaun Stevenson hit the game-winning three point shot:
Stevenson led all scorers in the game with 20 points. There are still two more games to go today.
Allen Iverson made his Big3 debut for 3’s Company as they took on Ball Hogs. According to Legends Circuit, 3’s Company won 61-51. Iverson played sparingly only notching nine minutes. Iverson finished with two points, two assists and a steal. Iverson was criticized by some fans in attendance for looking like a small glimpse of the player he once was.
Iverson is a player-coach, and admitted he does not expect to play a lot of minutes.
“But I think the best part about this game here tonight and all the other games, it was exciting all throughout,” Iverson told USA Today. “It didn’t need Allen Iverson the player, per se.”
Andre Owens led 3’s Company with 20 points while Rasual Butler had 22 points in a losing effort for the Ball Hogs.
Trilogy dominated Killer 3’s in their 60-45 victory. Stephen Jackson led Trilogy with 19 points. Al Harrington had 25 points, but Killer 3’s came up short.
ESPN noted strong attendance for the first week of games, but also admitted the game play was less than stellar. It will be interesting to see how popular the league can become. It has the sports calendar on its side with no other basketball to compete with.
Big3 also features unique rules such as a shorter shot clock, players win more money with wins and a four-point shot.
Here’s a look at the results for the first four games courtesy of Legends Circuit.
Big3 League Scores: Sunday, June 25
3-Headed Monsters 62 Ghost Ballers 60
Power 62 Tri-State 58
3’s Company 61 Ball Hogs 51
Trilogy 60 Killer 3’s 45