Former BYU big man Brandon Davies took the floor for Monaco for the first time in nearly two months.
It couldn’t have come at a better time for Monaco who faced one of its toughest tests of the season in a key match-up for first place in Basketball Champions League Group A.
While Davies showed some rust in his first game back, he was able to make some nice contributions as Monaco was able to come away with an all-important 65-63 win over Banvit who is one of the top teams in Turkey.
It was Monaco’s 24th win in 27 tries on the season and its 11th win in 12 games in Champions League.
As for Davies, who hadn’t played since Nov. 12, he totaled six points on 2 for 6 shooting from the floor and 2 for 3 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds, a steal and a block in 19 minutes.
In five Champions League games, Davies is averaging 8.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 3.6 rebounds.
In eight French League games, he is averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.6 minutes.
Davies and Monaco will be back on the floor on Saturday in French League action with a match-up against Nanterre before jumping back into Champions League play just three days later.
Nanterre is currently third in the French League standings at 10-5, sitting just two games behind Monaco.
One of the top players for Nanterre is former Utah State wing Spencer Butterfield who is averaging 12.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range. He also chips in with 4.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 14 French League games.
Another player to watch is former Mississippi guard Chris Warren who is averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 15 contests during French League play.