Brandon Davies delivered another huge performance, but it wasn’t enough as Olympiacos Piraeus came away with a 79-68 win over Zalgiris Kaunas to even up the first round series at one game apiece.
Davies paced the Zalgiris offense again, finished with a team-leading 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 from the foul line. He also chipped in with two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 24:05 of work before fouling out.
The BC Zalgiris Kaunas Twitter page shared video of the strong offensive showing from Davies.
The former BYU big man did most of his work on the offensive end in the third quarter as Kaunas came storming back from a nine-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 50. He was especially instrumental in a 15-5 run as he scored 10 points while making all five of his shots.
Davies added seven more points in the fourth, but his strong play couldn’t help Zalgiris overcome an offensive drought that saw them go scoreless for the first 5:04 of the quarter to fall behind by nine.
Through the first two games of the series, Davies is averaging 20.5 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line. He is also chipping in with 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 29:03.
While Davies was putting up numbers for a Lithuanian squad in EuroLeague play, another former Cougar, Rashaun Broadus, was having his best game in Lithuanian League action.
Broadus shot lights out coming off the bench as Vytautus won its third game in a row with an 80-67 triumph over Juventus. In the win, the former BYU guard finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. He added two assists, a rebound and a steal in 28:44.
Through 11 games, he is averaging 6.5 points, 2.8 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 19:23.
The latest on Mika and Carlino in Italy
Eric Mika had one of his most difficult games of the season on Sunday as his VL Pesaro squad fell to Red October Cantu, 91-82. In the loss, he recorded just five points on 2-for-7 shooting from the floor and 1-for-2 from the foul line. He added four rebounds, a steal and an assist in 27 minutes.
In 27 games, Mika is averaging 14 points on 53.2 percent shooting to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists in 28.7 minutes.
Matt Carlino also had a tough day as the Roseto Sharks got beat by Tezenis Verona, 91-76. In the loss, he registered 11 points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 from the foul line. He also managed five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 26 minutes.
In 21 games, Carlino is averaging 18.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 30.3 minutes.