Matt Carlino made his debut less than a week after signing in Italy and had a good offensive performance despite a 103-78 setback to Andrea Costa Imola Basket on Sunday.
He carried the load in the loss with a game-best 22 points on the strength of 3-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc and 7-for-8 from the foul line. Carlino added four rebounds and a pair of assists in a team-high 31 minutes.
The minutes took their toll on him in his first game back.
“I am tired,” Carlino told JMoney Sports. “I did alright, (but) still have to get in a rhythm.”
Up next for the winless Sharks is a Sunday matchup with the undefeated Alma Pallacanestro Trieste.
Eric Mika and Jonathan Tavernari were also in action over the weekend in Italy.
Mika totaled 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor while adding five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 31 minutes in a 91-74 loss to Dolomiti Energia Trentino.
Through eight games, he is No. 10 in the league in scoring with 15.3 points per game on 56.8 percent shooting from inside the arc with 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 29.1 minutes.
As for Tavernari, he shot the ball well in limited action as he connected on both of his attempts to finish with five points in an 82-61 win over Openjobmetis Varese.
Rashaun Broadus also saw his first action of the season in a pair of games for the St. John’s Edge of the NBL in Canada.
His best showing of the two games came in a 97-96 win over the Island Storm on Saturday.
During the first game for the new franchise, he registered 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc and 3-for-4 from the foul line. He also chipped in with five assists, three steals and two rebounds in 35 minutes.
Broadus also scored the first points in franchise history.
In two games, he is averaging 11.5 points on 38.5 percent shooting from 3-point land with 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 rebounds in 30.5 minutes.
Three other former Cougars also had strong showings in the collegiate ranks as the UVU Wolverines beat Eastern Oregon 97-52 on Monday night.
Cory Calvert had a career-high with 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line in 23 minutes to earn the Player of the Game.
Isaac Neilson registered 15 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds and a steal in just 10 minutes while Jake Toolson added 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.