BYU Cougs in the news: Brandon Davies has two big games as Zalgiris clinches first place; Mika returns to the floor

Brandon Davies continued his strong play this week as Zalgiris Kaunas came away with a pair of key wins in the LKL.

In an 81-74 win over Lietkabelis on Wednesday, the former BYU star carried the offense for Zalgiris once again, finishing with a game-high 23 points on 8-for-13 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. He also chipped in with five rebounds, a game-best three steals and a pair of assists in just 23 minutes of work.

Davies followed that up with another big scoring day on Saturday as Zalgiris secured first place in the Lithuanian League regular season standings with an 85-76 win over Pieno Zvaigzdes.

In the victory, Davies finished with a team-high 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 from the foul line. He added a game-best eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 23:57.

It was the third straight game for Davies with at least 18 points in LKL action and his sixth time in seven games across all competitions. That stretch included a pair of 20-point games in EuroLeague playoff action as Zalgiris advanced to the Final Four.

In 33 games, he is averaging 10.0 points on 58.9 percent shooting to go along with 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 16:40.

Charles Abouo also cracked the double-figure scoring mark on Friday as FOS Provence broke the tie for fourth place in the Pro B standings with an 83-77 win over Saint-Chamond.

In the win, Abouo recorded 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 from the foul line. He also managed four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes.

In 31 games, Abouo is averaging 13.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the floor and 77.6 percent at the line. He also contributes 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals in 27.9 minutes.

Matt Carlino made some important contributions of his own on Wednesday as the Roseto Sharks secured an 84-79 win over Virtus Roma to even up the best-of-three series at one game apiece.

Carlino finished with nine points on 50 percent shooting from the floor while adding three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes.

The third and deciding game of the series for Carlino and the Sharks is on Sunday.

In other news, it was reported earlier in the week that Eric Mika had returned to practice after missing VL Pesaro’s game on Sunday with a knee injury.

It was the first regular season game that Mika missed after starting the first 27 contests and averaging 14 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists in 28.7 minutes.

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