Two former BYU basketball studs put together absolutely terrific performances on Thursday to help lead their teams to championship series wins.
Brandon Davies had his biggest offensive output of the season as Zalgiris Kaunas took a 2-1 series lead with a 90-80 win over Lietuvos Rytas. In the 10-point win, he totaled a game-high 27 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. He also registeted a team-best seven rebounds, an assist and a block in 27:57 of work.
The performance was so good that the Lithuanian League’s Twitter page dubbed the former BYU big man as “Mr. Unstoppable.”
After seven points in the opening half, Davies really went to work in the last two quarters, totaling 20 points, including 12 points in the third when Zalgiris turned a halftime tie into an eight-point lead.
The LKL TV YouTube channel shared some highlights of the masterful performance from Davies and Zalgiris.
Davies shared his thoughts after the win on the team’s YouTube channel.
Through three games, Davies is averaging 21.7 points on 67.6 percent shooting from the field and 82.6 percent from the foul line. He is also chipping in with 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24 minutes.
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is on Saturday.
Charles Abouo also delivered in a big way as FOS-Provence secured the French Pro B Playoff championship with a 76-70 win over Roanne.
In the series-clinching win, Abouo managed 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 80 percent from the foul line. He also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 27 minutes.
His huge finals play rounded out a very impressive season for Abouo who averaged 12.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in six Leaders Cup games. He followed that up by averaging 13.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the floor with 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals in 34 regular season contests.
With the win, FOS-Provence makes the jump from Pro B to France’s top league, the Pro A.
While Davies and Abouo were showing off their skills in game action playing high-level pro basketball, another former Cougar, Frank Bartley IV is trying to show that he deserves a shot at the next level.
On Wednesday, The Pro Bball Combine Twitter page shared some video of Bartley doing work at their combine event that was held late last month.
Bartley wasn’t the only Cougar transfer to get some Twitter love in the last few days.
The Boston College Men’s Basketball account has been sharing some of the highlights from the 2017-18 season, and Jordan Chatman’s name has come up repeatedly. The most recent of those tweets came out on Tuesday and revealed Chatman’s place in the BC record books thanks to some remarkable accuracy from 3-point land.