Trilogy finished the inaugural BIG3 season a perfect 10-0, defeating 3 Headed Monsters 51-46 on Sunday to win the championship.
Trilogy overcame a 16-5 first-half deficit, going into halftime up 25-24. Kenyon Martin and Co. held off the 3 Headed Monsters from there, earning the first BIG3 title in league history.
Rashad McCants was named the championship MVP, per Fox Sports, finishing with 22 points while shooting 55 percent from the field. He also broke the game's 46-46 tie with the title on the line by scoring the final five points:
FOX Sports @FOXSports
Rashad McCants knocks down the final 5 points to give Trilogy the 1st ever @thebig3 Championship in this @Ciroc highlight. #LETSGETIT https://t.co/WD09Wvqv9V2017-8-26 22:39:56
That spoiled a fantastic performance from Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who dominated the first half, as Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com noted:
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf has been the best player on the court in the BIG3 championship game, which is an incredible thing.2017-8-26 21:33:46
For perspective, Abdul-Rauf is 48 years old, though he looked plenty spry on Saturday.
But his strong early showing wasn't enough to keep Trilogy from eventually popping the champagne:
To the victor goes the spoil 🏆🍾 #BIG3Finals https://t.co/nOeh0R2XLD2017-8-26 22:41:20
As Josh Eberly of HOOP noted, Trilogy's win was unsurprising, and the potential for the league to grow after its successful first season is very high:
Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 @JoshEberley
First BIG3 guy to get an NBA deal will take it to another level of seriousness too.2017-8-26 22:13:32
Certainly, co-founder Ice Cube sees room for growth—and for improvement.
"I think our players gotta get better—we caught 'em off guard this year," he said while laughing on Friday, per Russ Bengtson of Complex. "Next year they should be ready. We have a resume now, pretty much, so other players who were kind of waiting on the sidelines, hopefully they'll see this is cool and they'll want to be a part of the BIG3."