On the heels of a notable week off the court for the BIG3, the league returned to action Saturday in Rhode Island.
The BIG3 announced Wednesday that four of its biggest stars—Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells, Lamar Odom and Jermaine O'Neal—were deactivated for the rest of the season. Glen Davis also received a significant fine for behavior detrimental to the league after he was ejected from a game last week for arguing with referees.
The biggest game of the weekend was between the Power and Ghost Ballers. The teams entered Week 4 with 2-1 records, one game behind the Triplets and Killer 3's in the standings.
BIG3 Week 4 Results
Power def. Ghost Ballers, 50-36
Enemies def. Aliens, 50-39
3's Company def. Ball Hogs, 50-38
3's Company 50, Ball Hogs 38
In a battle of the BIG3's only two winless teams, 3's Company got off the schneid thanks to a 50-38 win over the Ball Hogs.
3's Company started Week 4 with the worst point differential in the league (-36) and scored the fewest points through three games (114).
Andre Emmett set the tone for 3's Company with 17 points. Jason Maxiell had 12 points on four field goals and grabbed four rebounds.
Despite the Ball Hogs dropping to 0-4, Will McDonald had a strong outing. The 39-year-old had a game high 18 points on nine field goals.
The Ball Hogs have had a difficult time finding success since the BIG3's inception in 2017. The team went 2-6 two years ago and is currently riding a nine-game losing streak dating back to Week 4 in 2018.
Things won't get any easier for the Ball Hogs next week against a Killer 3's squad that could be 4-0 if it wins Sunday's game against Trilogy.
Enemies 50, Aliens 39
The Enemies' hot streak since a season-opening loss continued on Saturday with a 50-39 victory over the Aliens.
Craig Smith was the go-to scorer for the Enemies with 19 points on six field goals, including three from behind the three-point line.
Perry Jones, who added 13 points, capped off the Enemies' win while getting fouled on this drive to the basket:
Even though the Aliens fell to 1-3 with Saturday's loss, it was a good day for Greg Oden. The former No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft finished with a team-high 11 points, his second straight game scoring double digits.
Oden was the only Aliens player who scored at least 10 points. Five different players contributed at least four rebounds.
Since being stunned 50-43 by Bivouac in Week 1, the Enemies have won three straight games. Their last two victories have been by a combined 27 points.
Power 50, Ghost Ballers 36
Corey Maggette remained an unstoppable BIG3 force, finishing with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds in the Power's win. Julian Wright chipped in with 17 points and six boards.
Davis made the game-winner on a layup thanks to excellent passing by his teammates:
The 2018 BIG3 MVP, Maggette made his season debut Saturday and didn't show any signs of rust. He also got his teammates involved in the action:
It wasn't a completely smooth performance for the Power. The Ghost Ballers stormed out of the gate and took a 25-20 lead into halftime. Jamario Moon and Ricky Davis set the pace with a combined 23 points, and Moon led the team with five rebounds.
The Power looked like it was hungover from last week's 50-43 defeat at the hands of the Trilogy. The defending BIG3 champions finally turned things on after the intermission, closing with a 30-11 run for a comfortable win.
Bringing Maggette back into the fold makes the Power one of the top contenders in the BIG3. He finished in the top three in points, assists and rebounds last season and hasn't slowed down one bit at the age of 39.