Archive for December 21, 2016

Outside of Damian Lillard, injuries and a lack of minutes have been a huge problem of late. Andrew Bogut and Justin Hamilton have missed time with various ailments while the other local players on NBA rosters have been buried on the end of the bench.

There has been more success at the D-League level, thanks to the play of Joel Bolomboy and Kyle Collinsworth.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.

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PROVO — The BYU Cougars used a dominating inside game to knock off the Idaho State Bengals 84-58 in the Marriott Center Tuesday night.

Eric Mika led the way for the Cougars with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor to go along with 12 rebounds, while Yoeli Childs added 13 points and 14 rebounds.

TJ Haws also had a nice night with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting with six assists and three rebounds as the Cougars improved to 8-4.

Ethan Telfair paced the Bengals with 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals while Geno Luzcando chipped in with 11 points and seven boards.

Why the Cougars won

The Cougars owned the paint from start to finish. They jumped out to an early 11-point lead thanks to four quick baskets from Mika and never looked back. When they weren’t scoring inside, the Cougars moved the basketball to get uncontested jumpers.

The turning point

L.J. Rose caught fire from the outside in the latter part of the first half as he knocked down three 3-pointers as the Cougars extended the lead to 16.

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While both have contributed in other ways, former BYU basketball players Jonathan Tavernari and Tyler Haws have been mired in shooting slumps for most of their respective seasons in Europe.

That all changed over the weekend as each scored a season high in important games.

Tavernari had a huge afternoon in a 93-78 win as Mens Sana snapped a four-game losing streak. He finished with 27 points on 11 for 14 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 6 from beyond the arc will adding four rebounds in 28 minutes.

“Didn’t think that getting back to my peak would take this long,” said Tavernari who has struggled offensively since he fractured his ankle at the end of last season. “To have a good game that everything worked and everything flowed was great to my confidence, and to reward my coaches and teammates for believing in me during this tough start.”

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