Chauncey Billups propelled Killer 3s to a come-from-behind 51-44 victory over Tri-State in the BIG3 3-on-3 Basketball League at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
Billups, a one-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), sizzled with 21 points as Killer 3’s notched its first win in the tournament after three weeks.
Stephen Jackson contributed 18 points while Reggie Evans chipped in a double-double of 12 markers and 18 rebounds.
Billups and Jackson led the comeback of Killer 3’s from a 14-25 halftime deficit.
Tri-State remained as the only winless team after three games.
Meanwhile, three other squads scored their respective wins in the busy BIG3 schedule.
Trilogy stayed unbeaten as it downed Allen Iverson’s 3’s Company, 50-42.
Rashad McCants fired 19 points built on 8-of-12 shooting clip as Trilogy sealed its third win in as many games.
Playing coach Iverson struggled anew, scoring only two points while DerMarr Johnson chalked a team-high 16 markers in a losing cause.
Meanwhile, 3 Headed Monsters mauled Power, 50-32, to get its second win in three outings.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf came through with 22 points on top of five assists while Rashard Lewis added 20 markers.
Cuttino Mobley accounted for over half of his team’s total tally with 19 points as Power absorbed its first setback.
Ghost Ballers also nailed their second victory as they outplayed Ball Hogs, 50-45.
Ricky Davis bucked the limited action of last week’s Player of the Week Mike Bibby, pumping in a rebound-shy of a double-double with 23 points and nine boards.
Rasual Butler led the charge for the Ball Hogs with 19 points while captain Brian Scalabrine only managed to score two markers.
Newly-crowned NBA MVP and Oklahoma City main man Russell Westbrook graced the game day while BIG3 founder Ice Cube sang his “It Was a Good Day” single during halftime of the final game.
JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA