Tuesday was a big day on the court for a pair of former BYU Cougar basketball stars.
Brandon Davies carried the offensive load for Zalgiris Kaunas for the third straight playoff game as the Lithuanian power moved to within one game of the EuroLeague Final Four with a convincing 80-60 win over Olympiacos Piraeus.
Davies caught fire early and never cooled down as he finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and 6-for-7 from the foul line. The former BYU big man added three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 24:08 of work.
The BC Zalgiris Kaunas Twitter page shared highlights from the huge night from Davies.
“We knew it was going to be a hard fight and a war out there, so we just tried to be aggressive all game long,” said Davies. “We made some mistakes here and there, but our spirit was there, we kept fighting and battled through a tough game against a tough team.”
Davies credited the team’s unity for such strong play.
“Everyone has each other’s backs, everyone is lifting each other up. We have a lot of guys who stepped up tonight who have been patient and as long as we stick to our system and keep pushing each other to get better, we can get better as the series goes on and hopefully handle business this next game.”
Others noticed the quality team play that Zalgiris showed in the 20-point win as well.
Through three games in the first-round series, Davies in averaging a team-high 19.7 points on 63.6 percent shooting from the floor and 85 percent from the free-throw stripe. He is also chipping in with 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 27:25.
The EuroLeague Twitter page recognized how well Davies has been playing even before game 3 started.
Game 4 of the best-of-5 series will be on Thursday.
Charles Abouo was the other former Cougar in top form on Tuesday as his FOS-Provence squad hammered Quimper, 90-56.
In the lopsided victory, Abouo tallied a game-high 18 points on the strength of 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line. He also managed a game-best six rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes on the floor as FOS-Provence moved into a 3-way tie for fourth place in the Pro B standings.
Through 29 games, Abouo is averaging 13.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting with 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals in 28 minutes.