After a strong second season, Big3 Basketball is looking at upping the ante. The first week of the 2019 Big3 Basketball season features an exciting start to pick up where they left off in 2018. After watching two expansion teams go at it in the first game, fans will get to see a rematch in the second game from the 2018 Big3 Championship game. Power will take on 3’s Company in what’s expected to be the Big3 Basketball game of the weekend. Last year, Power defeated 3’s Company 51-43 to become the second champion in league history. That has to leave a sour taste in the mouths of the entire 3’s Company roster and they don’t have to wait long to get their shot at redemption.
Nancy Leiberman is once again calling the shots for Power this season. Since they won the championship, the entire team comes back for this season per Big3 Basketball rules. Captain Corey Maggette and co-captains Cuttino Mobley and Glen Davis were a force last season. You could say they were their own big three in the Big3. Maggette took home the Big3 MVP award and was also named the “Captain of the Year.” All three of those guys finished in the top ten in scoring. They also all were in the top ten for rebounds. Chris Anderson took home the “Defensive Player of the Year” award and led the league with 11 blocks. Quentin Richardson served as a key player in the rotation and Ryan Gomes returns after battling injuries last season.
3’s Company comes into this season with a lot of high hopes. Their coach, Michael Cooper, also started off his Big3 coaching career on the right path. And the team has some big-time players just like Power. DerMarr Johnson returns as the captain with Baron Davis and Drew Gooden still on as the co-captains. Gooden emerged as a strong shooter on the outside. Davis averaged 15.2 ppg despite just playing in five games for the runner-ups. Johnson isn’t flashy, but he knows his role and did a great job at leading his team last season. Jason Maxiell was a solid rotation guy that was efficient in his time on the court. He also led the team in field goal percentage. Andre Emmett is just a flat-out stud. The team’s leading scorer returns and hopes to make another big impact in his second season in Big3 Basketball.
Power is going to try to dominate the game with their outstanding offensive and defensive strategies. The “Birdman” Anderson will stay underneath and challenge 3’s Company to come inside on him. They’ll try to force Andre Emmett and company to shoot outside and gather up rebounds just like they did last year. Power will nail their shots and then rely on their defense and rebounding skills to take away any second-chance points. That was Leiberman’s game plan last season and it won’t change this year. This team has depth and they manage the game very well.
Emmett and Baron Davis have to shoot hot early for 3’s Company to get some momentum. Gooden needs to be utilized more in games this season to power underneath with his size and hit some outside shots with his shooting ability. 3’s Company will need to land big shots when Anderson is in the game. They also hope that their lone draft pick this year in Dijon Thompson can make an impact the way that Emmett did last season. As long as they can keep Power at bay on offense and score from the outside to take Anderson out of his game, 3’s Company could make this a very interesting and exciting game.
While the Big3 hasn’t yet labeled this the game of the week, it certainly is the biggest game for week one. Power is out to make it known early on that they are on the path to repeat. However, you have 3’s Company on the other side that is out to prove that they have what it takes to take it all the way this year. Whether you’re at the game live or watching on tv, this is one game that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. While the game will be close, I think Power just has a little too much for 3’s Company to compensate for. It will come down to the wire though as the race to 50 points will be on. Final Score Prediction: Power 51 – 3’s Company 47
This game will start shortly after the first game ends on Saturday, June 22 at the Little Ceasar’s Arena in Detroit, Mi. If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch all the action live on CBS this season.