BYU Cougs in the news: Carlino, Collinsworth set new career highs; Mika, Abouo have big games

Published: December 18, 2017

It was a huge weekend for BYU basketball fans. Not only did the Cougars knock off the arch rival Utah Utes on Saturday night, but many former Cougars had monstrous performances in the pros.

It was also a good weekend for some of the former Cougars who transferred to other schools to finish out their collegiate careers.

The pros

Matt Carlino had a huge game in his return to the lineup as the Roseto Sharks held on to beat Kleb Ferrara 81-79 on Sunday. In the win, Carlino totaled a career-high 31 points on 10-for-22 shooting from the field, including a blistering 7-for-10 from 3-point land and 4-for-4 from the foul line. He added four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists in 28 minutes.

Not only did Carlino have a career night scoring the ball, but he also made some huge plays when his team needed him the most. He connected on two late threes, including one in the final two minutes to put the Sharks up two.

After a Ferrara basket tied the game at 76, Carlino put Roseto on top for good as he got to the foul line and calmly sank two free throws.

“I love that moment,” Carlino told JMoneySports after the big win the game. “I always feel like I will make the big shot in the big moment.”

Through three games, he is averaging 24 points on 56 percent shooting from beyond the arc with 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 30 minutes.

Kyle Collinsworth continued his remarkable string of performances on Saturday night as he registered another career-high in scoring as the Texas Legends came away with a 119-107 win over the Northern Arizona Suns. He finished with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the foul line. He added nine rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals in 38 minutes of work.

He did most of his damage in the second half with 17 points after intermission, including 11 third-quarter points.

It was the third time in the last five games that he tied or set his career-high in scoring.

The Texas Legends Twitter page shared highlights of his big game.

On the season, he is averaging 11.4 points on 52.2 percent shooting from the floor with 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.8 minutes.

Charles Abouo also had a nice outing over the weekend as Fos-sur-Mer held off Vichy-Clermont 73-71. In the two-point road win, he finished with a team-best 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-6 from 3-point land. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes of action.

On the season, he is averaging 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.9 minutes.

While Carlino and Collinsworth were having career scoring nights, Eric Mika had a career day on the glass in an 83-78 loss to Scandone Avellino on Sunday. In the loss, Mika totaled a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds to go along with a steal and an assist in 34 minutes.

Through 11 games, Mika is averaging 14.7 points on 52.5 percent shooting from inside the arc with 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 28.8 minutes.

In the college game

Frank Bartley IV continued his strong play as the Ragin’ Cajuns beat the New Orleans Privateers 87-65 on Saturday. He totaled 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field, including 3-for-5 from distance and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. He also chipped in with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

On the season, he is averaging 15.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.6 minutes for a 9-2 team.

Jordan Chatman had another fine showing on Sunday as the Eagles won their fourth straight game with a 84-65 win over Central Connecticut. Chatman finished with a team-high 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point land as Boston College improved to 9-3.

On the season, he is averaging 12.9 points on 38.1 percent shooting from three and 93.8 percent from the charity stripe in 33.3 minutes.

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