It was a great weekend to be a BYU sports fan. Not only did the Cougars come away with one of the biggest road wins in school history – rolling into Madison, Wisconsin, and knocking off the No. 6 ranked Badgers – but a handful of former Cougar basketball favorites delivered some huge performances in big wins.
Here is a look at how the former Cougar cagers playing hoops around the world did since our last update.
Elijah Bryant proved that his first game out wasn’t a fluke as he once again showed off his remarkable offensive ability as Hapoel Eilat came away with a 78-75 win on Saturday. In the hard-fought contest, the former BYU guard was the game’s top scorer totaling 27 points.
Definitely not a bad start for Bryant who is now averaging 25 points a night during the exhibition season.
Tyler Haws was also in fine form on Saturday as his Levitec Huesca squad dropped a 75-70 contest to Forca Lleida Club Esportiu. In the close loss, BYU’s all-time leading scorer registered 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 6-for-7 from the foul line. He also chipped in with six rebounds (three on the offensive end) and three assists in 29:01 of work.
Charles Abouo had a solid weekend as he helped the Ivory Coast to two much-needed wins in three games in the second round of the African Qualifiers for the World Cup. His most impressive showing of the three games came on Saturday, in a 71-53 win over Rwanda when the former BYU swingman came through with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in 26:37.
In three contests, Abouo averaged 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals.
Matt Carlino returned to the floor on Saturday and made some solid contributions after missing the previous two games with a hip flexor.
In a 75-67 setback to Boulazac Basket Dordogne, Calino totaled eight points on 50 percent shooting from the field including 2-for-5 from 3-point land. He also chipped in with two rebounds, two steals and an assist in 18:21.
Eric Mika saw his first action of the preseason as Basket Brescia Leonessa fell to Darussafaka Tekfen, 72-62.
In his debut with Brescia, the former BYU big man totaled four points against one of the top teams in Europe.
Agustin Ambrosino narrowly missed a double-double as his CAN Oruro squad fell to Calero in Game 1 of the Libobasquet Finals, 69-62.
In the low-scoring affair, Ambrosino recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and an assist in 24 minutes on the court.