BYU Cougs in the news: Carlino, Davies deliver MVP performances; Elijah Bryant has impressive showing

By: Jay Yeomans

Published: October 2, 2018

It was a really good weekend on the hardwood for many of the former BYU Cougars playing basketball around the world.

Matt Carlino delivered his best performance of the early season, coming away with game MVP honors as his Chorale Roanne squad knocked off Saint-Chamond, 86-72. He showed off his outside shooting touch, connecting on 5 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc on his way to a game-high 21 points. The former BYU guard also contributed four rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal in 25 minutes off the bench.

Through two games in Leaders Cup action, Carlino is averaging 17.5 points on 52.2 percent shooting from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point land and 100 percent from the foul line. He is also chipping in with 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 22 minutes a contest.

Next up for Carlino and Roanne is game 3 of Leaders Cup Group C play on Tuesday against Vichy-Clermont.

Brandon Davies also had a dominating performance as Zalgiris Kaunas held on to beat Juventus, 87-80. The former Cougar inside force paced the Zalgiris offense with 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the foul line. He also came away with six rebounds (three on the offensive end), handed out a team-best four assists, collected three steals and blocked a shot in 24:32.

Through three games in LKL (Lithuanian League) regular-season action, Davies is averaging 13 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in just 18:17 of work.

Up next is for Davies and his undefeated Zalgiris team is a Wednesday match-up with Nevezis who will be searching for its first win of the 2018-19 campaign.

Elijah Bryant also had a very strong showing in Israel as his Hapoel Eilat Sharks fell to Amar’e Stoudemire and Hapoel Jerusalem. 78-74. In the loss, Bryant registered 19 points on 8-for-19 shooting from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc. He also recorded a team-high eight rebounds while delivering three assists in 32:07.

The Winner League’s Twitter page shared highlights of one of Bryant’s top plays in the win as he got to the rim in transition and finished through contact for the difficult 3-point play.

Up next for Bryant and the Sharks is a difficult game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv on Sunday.

Like Carlino, Charles Abouo was in action during Leaders Cup where he provided some solid contributions during an 88-72 victory for his Blois team over Chartres. In the key win, he totaled six points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal in 31 minutes.

Through three Leaders Cup games, Abouo is averaging 5.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 25 minutes.

Up next for Abouo and Blois is a battle with Orleans one Friday in one more Leaders Cup Group E game.

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