Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy has really come into his own this season, and is getting better and better as the weeks go on. He had another really solid performance on Sunday as the New England Patriots knocked off the Los Angeles Chargers 21-13.
During the eight-point win, Van Noy totaled a team-high six solo tackles, including a big tackle for loss and pass defended. His effort earned him the Patriots Militia player of the game.
He also got some high praise from his head coach Bill Belichick, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed, who quoted Belichick as saying, “He’s showed a lot of versatility, leadership, done a great job as a signal caller with the defense, so he’s been a real valuable player for us in a multiple number of roles. He’s been excellent.”
On the season, Van Noy has totaled 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four tackles for loss.
On the hardwood
Jimmer Fredette had a big scoring effort in his first game of the season as the Shanghai Sharks dropped a 118-102 decision to the Guangzhou Long Lions.
Fredette finished with 38 points on 12-for-25 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-11 from beyond the arc and 8-for-9 from the foul line. He added six rebounds, five assists and a steal in 42 minutes of action.
He was at his best during the fourth quarter where he totaled four straight 3-point shots, including two difficult stepback jumpers as he tried to keep the Sharks within striking distance.
Like Fredette, Eric Mika had a strong individual effort in a losing cause as VL Pesaro fell 79-68 on Sunday.
In the 11-point defeat to Vanoli Cremona, Mika registered 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line. He also chipped in with eight rebounds, two steals and a block in 37 minutes.
It was his fourth straight game scoring in double figures, including a 20-point, nine rebound effort from a week ago.
On the season, he is averaging 15.2 points on 61.1 percent shooting from the field with 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 27.8 minutes.
As for Charles Abouo, he had a strong showing as his Fos-sur-Mer team came away with a 93-83 win. He finished with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor, including 2 of 6 from distance. He added three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 35 minutes.
Through three league games, he is averaging 15 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals in 37.7 minutes.
In five Paris Leaders Cup games, he is putting up 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists in 28 minutes.