It was a very good weekend to be a BYU Cougar. Not only did the football and basketball teams come away with important wins, but plenty of former Cougars performed very well on the hardwood and the gridiron in the pros.
Eric Mika had a fantastic showing as VL Persaro secured an 80-75 win over New Basket Brindisi on Sunday. He finished with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting from inside the arc and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. He also contributed seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes to take home Eurobasket.com’s Player of the Week for Italian Serie A.
Mika was especially good in the second half as he scored 17 points to help Pesaro overcome a seven-point halftime deficit to get the five-point win.
Through seven games, he is 11th in the league in scoring with 15.6 points per game on 55.6 percent shooting from the field and 75 percent from the foul line. He is also one of the league leaders in player value, rebounds, two-point shooting and steals.
He is tied for fifth in the league in player value at 19.7 and No. 10 in rebounds with 7.6 boards a night. His 57.1 percent shooting from inside the arc is good for No. 13 and his 1.6 steals in tied for No. 15.
Kyle Collinsworth also had a big performance on Sunday as the Texas Legends knocked off the South Bay Lakers, 126-116.
He finished with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor and 2-for-4 from the foul line. He added a game-high tying 13 rebounds, including five on the offensive end to go along with three assists and three steals in 36 minutes.
He was at his best attacking the basket as he scored all five of his field goals at the rim, including three first-quarter finishes from in close as the Legends opened up a 16-point lead that they never relinquished.
On the season, he is averaging 5.7 points on 41.2 percent shooting with 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.7 minutes.
On the gridiron
A week after scoring his first NFL touchdown, Jamaal Williams took the bulk of the carries for the Green Bay Packers in a 23-16 win over the Chicago Bears.
All told, he rushed the ball 20 times for 67 yards to go along with a 7-yard reception. One of his best runs of the night came on a second-and-4 when he broke three tackles on his way to a first down.
On the season, he has totaled 31 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also has five catches for 45 yards.
Kyle Van Noy also had another solid outing with a team-high five tackles as the New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos, 41-16.
He now has 60 tackles, four tackles for loss and three and a half sacks for the 7-2 Patriots.