BYU Cougs in the news: Tyler Haws, Tavernari sign new deals; Ambrosino has another big game

Tyler Haws is returning to the country where his pro basketball career started.

BYU’s all-time leading scorer has signed a deal to join Spanish club, Levitec Huesca, the team announced on its Twitter account late Monday night.

It’s a great move for Haws who is trying to bounce back from a difficult season where he was let go by four different clubs in three different countries. After unsuccessful attempts to play in Italy and the G-League, he ended up in Canada with the St. John’s Edge looking for a fresh start.

That adventure lasted all of 16 games before Haws was let go again.

While he lasted less than two months in Canada’s NBL, Haws did show some flashes of brilliance as he scored in double figures four times, including a 20-point performance against the KW Titans where he shot 80 percent from the floor and connected on 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Here are YouTube highlights from that performance.

In those 16 games, he averaged 5.6 points on 40.2 percent shooting from the field, 31.3 percent from distance and 87.5 percent from the foul line. He added 1.1 rebounds and nearly an assist a night in 16.4 minutes.

Haws joins a team in Huesca that won just 13 games out of 34 in Spain’s LEB Gold division a season ago.

It is the same team that Matt Carlino played for during the early part of the 2016-17 season.

Tavernari finds a new home

After a solid shooting season in limited minutes, Jonathan Tavernari is changing teams once again.

The former BYU sharpshooter is staying in Italy’s top league, moving from Dinamo Sassari to Mia-RO Cantu.

It will be a fresh start for Tavernari who struggled to find consistent floor time during his lone season with Sassari. He played in just 19 games during the regular season where he averaged 4.0 points on 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He also chipped in with 1.1 rebounds while playing 8.3 minutes a contest.

He also played in six basketball Champion’s League games where he averaged 6.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.1 minutes. He also delivered one of his best games of the season in a matchup with UCAM Murcia when he knocked down 4 of 5 triples and finished with 12 points in 13 minutes.

Ambrosino delivers monster performance in loss

While Haws and Tavernari are finding new places to play for the 2018-19 season, Agustin Ambrosino has already found a groove with his new club.

He came through with another big performance over the weekend as his CAN Oruro squad fell to 5-2 with a 108-77 loss to Amistad. Despite the blowout loss, Ambrosino still had a very productive outing, finishing with a team-high 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-9 from 3-point land and 4-for-5 from the foul line. He also managed nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 37 minutes.


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