Corey Maggette’s Power hang on to win Big3 championship

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Big3 MVP Corey Maggette stepped up when it mattered — he scored more than half his team’s points, 27 of the 50, and that was enough to lead his team, Power, to the Big3 title in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.

Power had been the team to beat all season — with Cuttino Mobley, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, and Glen “Big Baby” Davis — and it showed in the title game as they raced out to a commanding 49-34 lead. However, 3’s Company’s Andre Emmett poured in 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on the night and he led a late charge to make the score 49-43, but then a Mobley jumper ended it.

Early in the game, the physical play almost spilled over to a fight when Dahntay Jones clipped Maggette on a shot release and Maggette got in his face about it. Benches cleared, there was plenty of pushing, but nothing too serious happened.

It was a groundbreaking win for Power head coach Nancy Lieberman. It was also redemptive for Maggette, who went down with a torn Achilles in Brooklyn during the BIG3’s very first week last year but bounced back big this season.