Brandon Davies had an absolutely monstrous performance as Zalgiris Kaunas overcame a slow start to knock of Olympiacos Piraeus in overtime on Wednesday, 87-78, in the first game of the EuroLeague playoffs.
Davies led the way for Zalgiris in the come-from-behind win with a team-best 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line. He added a team-high eight rebounds (six on the offensive end), three blocks, a steal and an assist in 34:02.
The BC Zalgiris Kaunas Twitter page shared highlights of the strong showing from Davies.
Along with his huge showing around the basket and on the offensive glass, Davies also provided two of the biggest defensive plays of the night.
The first came late in the first quarter with Zalgiris trailing by 13 when Davies erased a lay-up attempt with what looked more like a volleyball spike than a basketball play.
The EuroLeague’s Twitter page shared video of the massive block.
Davies followed that up with another highlight level block late in the third to keep Zalgiris within striking distance.
The EuroLeague’s Twitter shared video of the impressive defensive play where he recovered after showing on a pick-and-roll for the emphatic swat off the glass.
It was the best game of the EuroLeague season for Davies who has been on fire in recent weeks, averaging 18.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in the last three games, including big outings in back-to-back road wins over Olympiacos.
Game 2 of the first round series between the two European powers is on Friday.
Bryant announces departure from BYU
It wasn’t all good news for Cougar basketball on Wednesday however as Elijah Bryant announced via a YouTube video that he would be leaving BYU to play professionally.
Here is that video from his EB&J YouTube channel.
Bryant leaves the Cougars after a junior campaign where he earned All-WCC First-Team honors after averaging a team-high 18.2 points a night on 49.4 percent shooting from the field, including 41.5 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.7 minutes a game.
In two seasons on the floor at BYU, Bryant managed 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals over 58 games.