Number 6, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, made his return to Philadelphia as his Tri-State squad locked horns with fellow basketball legend Nancy Lieberman and defending champions, Power.
It was an early “Battle of the Big Men” as Tri-State’s Amar’e Stoudamire (18 pts, 6 rebs) and Power’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis (10 pts, 5 rebs) came out hot. Cuttino Mobley added to the action and put on a show in his hometown, scoring nine points in the first half and pacing the Power to a 25-20 lead.
After surrendering a quick six points to open the second frame, Tri-State’s Nate Robinson (12 pts) single-handedly kept his team in the game, showing off athleticism and grit with a few nice finishes at the rim. First year BIG3 player Yakhouba Diawara (9 pts, 9 rebs) also added to the mounting comeback, grabbing several offensive boards and knocking down open shots.
First-year player Mychel Thompson continued to find ways to contribute to his team, chipping in 6 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. Thompson found Mobley (23 pts, 7 rebs) down low with a mismatch against Robinson for the game-winning assist to close out the contest.
Tri-State falls to (0-2); Power remains unbeaten at (2-0)
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