It was a great weekend for a pair of former BYU big men, Brandon Davies and Eric Mika, who are playing in Europe.
Davies had one of his best games on the young season as Zalgiris Kaunas came from behind to secure an important 70-67 win over Lietuvos Rytas on Sunday. He was a force in the paint as he finished with a season-high 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor and 5-for-7 from the foul line. He added a game-high nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end to go along with three steals and an assist in 21:29 of action.
The performance was good enough to be ranked as the No. 6 best outing in the Lithuanian league in round 3 of league play.
With the win, Zalgiris improved to 5-1 on the season to hold onto second place in Lithuania heading into its first game of EuroLeague action against Serbian Power Crvena Zvezda on Friday.
Lietuvos Rytas dropped to 4-2 with the loss.
Through six games, Davies is averaging 9.0 points on 54.5 percent shooting from inside the arc and 72 percent from the charity stripe. He also contributes a team-best 6.0 rebounds – good for ninth best in the LKL – and 1.0 steals in 15.7 minutes.
Eric Mika also had a very strong showing in a come-from-behind win as VL Pesaro came away with a 102-95 win over Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia on Sunday.
Mika shot the ball well from inside and out as he finished with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt. He also chipped in with four rebounds and a pair of steals in 29 minutes.
Through two games, he is averaging 11.5 points on 58.8 percent shooting to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 28 minutes.
While Jimmer Fredette hasn’t suited up for the Shanghai Sharks just yet, he did share where and when the Sharks will be on the floor during the CBA regular season on Facebook.
The Sharks start out the season on the road on Sunday, Oct. 22 when they face off with the Guangzhou Long-Lions who feature another former NCAA National Player of the Year in Tyler Hansbrough.
Shanghai’s first home game comes four days later when the Guangdong Southern Tigers come to town.
According to sources, Fredette should be ready for the start of the regular season.
On the gridiron
Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah got back in the sack department on Sunday in a 27-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He finished the game with two tackles and the sack.
On the season, he has totaled 12 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. His four sacks are good for ninth best in the NFL.
Daniel Sorensen also had a productive weekend for the Kansas City Chiefs in a 42-34 win. He totaled six tackles, including four of the solo variety while adding half a sack and a pass defended.
On the season, he has 24 tackles and two passes defended for the undefeated Chiefs.