BYU Cougs in the news: Eric Mika finishes up rookie season in fine fashion; Davies notches season high; Abouo delivers MVP performance

Eric Mika finished up his rookie season of professional basketball with a strong showing in limited minutes as his VL Pesaro team got hammered by Dinamo Sassari, 112-81.

In the lopsided loss, the former BYU big man delivered 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor and 5-for-6 from the foul line while chipping in with seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

In his 29 games, Mika finished tied for 15th in the league in scoring with 14.3 points per game while shooting 54.8 percent from inside the arc (17th best in Serie A). He also landed in the top 10 in rebounding, coming in at No. 9 with 7.3 boards a night while also landing in the top 20 with 1.2 steals.

All that production added up to Mika being tied at No. 5 in the league in average player rating.

Jonathan Tavernari was on the winning side in the matchup with Mika, but went scoreless while missing his only shot in four minutes on the floor.

Like Mika’s team, Tavernari’s Dinamo Sassari missed out on the Italian League playoffs after finishing with a 15-15 record. Tavernari appeared in 19 of those 30 games where he averaged 4.0 points on 51.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 50 percent from 3-point range to go along with 1.1 rebounds in 8.3 minutes.

The team’s Twitter page shared some photos of Tavernari and some teammates visiting one of the team’s sponsors.

Tavernari also played in six Basketball Champions League games where he managed 6.0 points a night on 48.1 percent shooting with 1.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes.

Brandon Davies also finished up his regular season as Zalgiris Kaunas destroyed Vytautas, 109-52. In the huge win, Davies registered eight points on 80 percent shooting from the field. He also contributed eight rebounds, a season-high six assists and a steal in just 16 minutes.

In 34 LKL games, Davies averaged a team-leading 10 points a night on 59.1 percent shooting from the floor and 73.9 percent at the free-throw line. He also paced the club in rebounding with 5.3 boards per game to go along with 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals in 16:39 a night.

That production had Davies in consideration for the league’s MVP award.

With the win, Zalgiris ended with a 32-4 record and will head into the LKL playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Davies and his team are back on the floor on Saturday against No. 8 Nevezis where they are given a 99 percent chance to advance.

Charles Abouo had another good showing as well as FOS-Provence came away with a 78-68 win over Orleans on Tuesday.

In the win, Abouo took home MVP honors after totaling 13 points on the strength of 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. He added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes.

So far in the French Pro B season, Abouo is averaging 13.2 points a night on 45.2 percent shooting while adding 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals.


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