Eric Mika returned to action on Sunday and delivered arguably his best game of the season as VL Pesaro came away with a stunning 77-74 win over top ranked Umana Reyer Venezia.
The former BYU big man was a dunking machine as he carried the Pesaro offense with 21 points on the strength of 7-for-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. He was also a monster on the backboards with a game-high tying eight rebounds (four of the offensive end) to go along with a blocked shot in 27 minutes of work coming off the bench.
One of Mika’s best stretches of the night came late in the second and early in the third as he showed of his finishing skills around the rim with three big slams as VL Pesaro took the lead.
The Victoria Libertas Pesaro YouTube channel shared highlights of the game, including a trio of dunks by Mika.
Mika’s strong performance was ranked third in the league in the Player of the Week rankings on Eurobasket.com.
In 28 games, he is averaging 14.2 points on 54 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists in 28.7 minutes.
Matt Carlino also delivered a massive performance on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to lead The Roseto Sharks to a win in the third and deciding game of the playout series against Virtus Rome.
In the 84-75 loss, Carlino totaled a team-high 22 points on 9 of 20 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in 33 minutes.
In the three-game first-round series, he averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals.
Carlino and the Sharks move on to the second round of the playout for a best-of-three series where they will need to win to keep playing in Serie A2.
Brandon Davies also made headlines for his play over the weekend as he was named the LKL player of the week for the second week in a row.
During the two-game stretch, Davies averaged 20.5 points on 63.6 percent shooting with 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. ‘
The Real SPGHighlights YouTube channel shared video of both games.
During the Lithuanian League season, Davies is leading a very balanced Zalgiris squad in scoring and rebounding averaging 10 points on 58.9 percent shooting and 5.2 rebounds in 16:40.
Davies and the BetsafeLKL Twitter page had some fun regarding the photo that would be used for the release that announced his second award in as many weeks.