He had missed the past couple of weeks with a rib injury but there was no way Bivouac’s Will Bynum was going to miss this one. In front of his hometown crowd, the 8-year NBA vet broke the BIG3 single game scoring record when he scorched the Killer 3’s for 33 points in his return to the lineup.
Bynum shot 12-for-20 from the floor en route to his record breaking performance and game winning shot. Immediately after the game, Bynum said that he was just living in the moment.
“I mean, right now, I’ll probably take a minute to calm down and really think about everything that’s happening but more so than anything, I’m kinda in the moment of what’s happening. So, like, I’m not too high. I’m not too low. It’s just staying consistent and constantly preparing one day at a time. Tonight we definitely needed this win and I thought we did a great job of sharing the basketball and defending. I think we defended very well today, especially on Session and Jackson, forcing them to take contested shots and I think ultimately that’s how we got the win.”
It’s a heated playoff race with many teams tied up in the standings. Bivouac moved to 4-3 and joins six other teams that are two games behind the leaders, Triplets and Power. Because of the tight standings, each week is like a playoff game with everyone jockeying for position as the regular season comes to a close. Bynum is averaging 15 points a game in a season that he says is personal. Both Bivouac coach Reggie Theus and Bynum acknowledge that the point guard is playing with a chip on their shoulder. “I didn’t forget that I didn’t get drafted last year by the BIG3. I was in that draft pool.”
If Saturday’s performance is any indication of Bynum playing like a man possessed, the rest of the league has been put on notice. Bivouac has won the last two games and will break for a bye week before retuning to play the winless Ball Hogs.