Power banked on a strong second half as it pounded Ball Hogs, 50-40, to grab the top seed in the 2018 BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league on Friday night (Saturday in Manila) at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.
Cuttino Mobley and Glen Davis fueled a furious run in the closing half, lifting Power to the top spot with a 7-1 record heading into the playoffs.
Mobley erupted with a game-high 18 points to go with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks while Davis fired 14 markers on top of four boards and a dime.
The two former players of Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers ignited a 21-6 run to help Power buck a 29-34 deficit.
Josh Childress topscored with 12 points while Brian Scalabrine and DeShawn Stevenson had nine and eight markers, respectively, for Ball Hogs, who closed their campaign at No. 7 with a dismal 1-7 card.
Meanwhile, second seed 3 Headed Monsters wrapped up the eliminations on an impressive note after mauling Ghost Ballers, 51-37.
Reggie Evans almost became the first player in BIG3 history to tally a triple-double as he finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to steer 3 Headead Monsters to a 7-1 slate.
3 Headed Monsters tied Power’s record but wound up at No. 2 due to head-to-head disadvantage following a 41-50 loss last week.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf posted a game-best 19 points while Jamario Moon added 11 markers in the win.
Ricky Davis’ 16 points and Carlos Boozer’s 13 markers went down the drain as Ghost Baller ended up at the cellar with a 1-7 sheet.
In other games, Trilogy pulled off a 50-40 stunner over Tri-State even as Killer 3s notched a 51-44 upset against 3’s Company.
Also-ran teams Trilogy (3-5) and Killer 3s (3-5) finished the season at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Despite the setbacks, 3’s Company (5-3) and Tri-State (5-3) are bound to the semifinals as the No. 3 and No. 4 seed, respectively.
Power will battle Tri-State while 3 Headed Monsters will face 3’s Company in the final four set to happen next week in Dallas.