It didn’t take long for Elijah Bryant to make an impact on his new team.
The former BYU guard delivered a terrific offensive performance in his first game in Israel as his Hapoel Eilat squad came away with an 83-76 win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Thursday.
Bryant and former North Carolina Tar Heel J.P. Tokoto carried the offensive load for Eilat in the win, finishing with a 23 points apiece.
Not a bad start for Bryant, especially when you consider that Be’er Sheva added former Salt Lake City Star stud Taylor Braun to an already talented roster that took home the Israel National League title a season ago.
Davies stars as Zalgiris Kaunas reaches Gloria Cup title game
Brandon Davies delivered two huge outings on Wednesday and Thursday as Zalgiris Kaunas swept a pair of games over Turkish powers to advance to the championship game of the Gloria Cup.
The former BYU big man was impossible to stop in Wednesday’s 82-70 win over Tofas, finishing with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field while adding five rebounds and three helpers in just 16 minutes of work.
The BC Zalgiris Kaunas YouTube channel shared highlights of the great game from Davies.
Davies followed that up with another strong showing as Kaunas held on to beat Anadolu Efes, 83-79.
In the narrow win over the fellow EuroLeague club, Davies managed a team-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor while also registered a team-best seven rebounds.
The Zalgiris YouTube channel once again shared some fun highlights of the big win, including a huge putback slam and some nifty inside moves from Davies.
Up next for Davies and Kaunas is a championship game match-up with one of EuroLeague’s top teams, CSKA Moscow on Sunday.
The latest on Tyler Haws in Spain, Tavernari in Italy
Tyler Haws had some solid production in limited action on Wednesday as his Levitec Huesca club fell to Basket Zaragoza, 81-66 in the Aragon Government Cup.
In the 15-point loss, Haws totaled eight points on 50 percent shooting from the floor while also chipping in with two rebounds and a pair of assists in 16:04 on the court. It was the lowest scoring output of the preseason for Haws who has scored in double figures during Huesca’s first two wins.
Jonathan Tavernari also saw action on Wednesday as Pallacanestro Cantu dropped an 83-81 decision to Reyer Venezia, 83-81.
In the tight loss, the former BYU sharpshooter managed another double-figure scoring night, finishing with 10 points.