Tyler Haws had another solid shooting performance in limited touches as Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro improved to 2-1 on the young season with an 82-67 win over CAI Zaragoza.
Rio Natura controlled the game from the start, jumping out to a 24-12 lead after the first quarter. They did an excellent job distributing the basketball with 17 assists on 30 made baskets and only five turnovers.
Adam Waczynski and Eimantas Bendzius led the way for Rio Natura in the win. Waczynski registered 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 7 from beyond the arc and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line to go along with eight rebounds. Bendzius added 15 points on 4 for 8 shooting form the floor, including 2 for 3 from 3-point range to go along with three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Artem Pustovyi and Juan Triguero also had solid outings. Pustovyi totaled 14 points on 7 for 9 shooting from the floor with four rebounds while Triguero recorded six points on 3 for 3 shooting from the floor with five rebounds and a steal. Donnie McGrath added six assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Stevan Jelovac and Joan Sastre led the way for CAI Zaragoza as they dropped to 1-2 on the year. Jelovac had 18 points on 5 for 9 shooting from the floor and 8 for 9 from the charity stripe with seven rebounds and two assists while Sastre managed 13 points on 6 for 9 shooting from the field with three rebounds.
Drake Diener and Isaac Futo made some nice contributions in the defeat. Diener had 10 points on the strength of a 3 for 4 shooting performance from beyond the arc with four rebounds while Fotu chipped in with six points, five rebounds and a block. Tomas Bellas added seven points behind 5 for 6 shooting from the free-throw line to go along with two boards and an assist.
Tyler Haws came off the bench and finished with six points in 18 minutes. He shot 2 for 4 from the floor, including a miss on his only 3-point attempt and 2 for 2 from the free-throw line.
For the season, Haws is averaging 9.0 points on 57.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 50 percent shooting from 3-point land and 100 percent from the charity stripe to go along with 1.7 steals and 1.3 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Rio Natura is back in action on Saturday with a matchup against Valencia. Valencia is 3-0 on the year after an 81-73 win over Estudiantes. They are led by Bojan Dubljevic and Rafael Martinez. Dubljevic is averaging 18 points on 58.8 percent shooting from the floor with 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals while Martinez is averaging 15 points on 52.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 58.8 percent from beyond the arc with 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
One very familiar face on Valencia in former Lone Peak High School product Justin Hamilton. Hamilton is averaging 12.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 37.5 percent shooting from 3-point range with 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 in 20.7 minutes.