Brandon Davies had a very strong showing on Monday night as Lithuanian power Zalgiris Kaunas drilled Pasvalys Pieno Zvaigzdes, 106-64.
Zalgiris got off to a slow start as they got outscored by five during the first quarter of action before they turned it on and ran away with the 42-point win.
They showed off impressive ball movement as they totaled an astounding 31 assists on 35 field goals as they improved to 2-0 on the young LKL season. The expert passing also created plenty of open looks for Zalgiris who shot 51.5 percent from the floor, including 52.4 percent from 3-point range.
Even though he played just 12:36 in the game, Davies finished with a team-high 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor, and 6-for-8 from the foul line. He also chipped in with a team-best five rebounds, including two on the offensive end to go along with an assist, a steal and a block.
Four other players scored in double figures for Zalgiris, including Arturas Milaknis who also had 14 points on the strength of a 4-for-6 shooting performance from beyond the arc.
Former Gonzaga lead guard, Kevin Pangos added 11 points on 3 of 5 shooting from distance while handing out four assists while former Iowa big man Aaron White chipped in with 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting from the field to go along with five boards and three steals.
Vyacheslav Bobrov led the way for Pieno Zvaigzdes – who dropped to 0-2 with the loss – with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Zalgiris will be back on the floor on Thursday as they take on Neptunas Klaipeda. Neptunas is off to a 2-0 start behind the strong play of Louisville product Juan Palacios who is averaging 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
On the diamond
After coming off the bench during the first couple of weeks with the Seattle Mariners, former BYU outfielder Jacob Hannemann got his first major league start on Monday. He went 0-for-4 from the plate while batting in the No. 9 hole in a 7-1 win over the Oakland A’s.
He was also featured in a story on SB Nation’s Minor League Ball site were John Sickels broke down his game.
Sickels was critical of what Hannemann can do at the plate, but did hand out plenty of praise for his ability on the base paths and on defense.
“In many games he is the best pure athlete on the field, with 70-grade running speed and good raw power,” wrote Sickels. “Hannemann’s speed and glove make him an attractive reserve outfielder but he’ll need to show more power or boost his OBP (preferably both) to move into a regular role. This isn’t especially likely but it isn’t impossible, given his work ethic and his limited experience compared to most players his age.”
Hannemann was given a major award for his oustanding defense as he was one of just nine players in all the minor leagues to be awarded with the Rawlings Gold Glove.
Hannemann could see at least one more start before the end of the season, according to Bob Dutton of The Olympian.