By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 22, 2018
Not only did Jimmer Fredette deliver a masterful performance for the Shanghai Sharks in an opening night win, but a number of other former BYU Cougars had terrific offensive performances for their respective teams around the globe.
Elijah Bryant had another productive outing as Hapoel Mall Hayam Eilat fell to Hapoel Unet Holon 108-102 in double overtime. In the tough loss, the sharpshooter totaled 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field and 4 of 4 from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with six rebounds (three on the offensive end), four assists and a pair of steals in 44 minutes on the floor.
Through three games, Bryant is fifth in the Winner League in scoring, averaging 19.7 points a night on 62.1 percent shooting from the floor, 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent at the foul line. He also chips in with 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 38 minutes a night.
Brandon Davies had his biggest scoring night of the season as Zalgiris Kaunas outlasted Alytus Dzukija, 88-75. In the 13-point win, the former Cougar post presence registered a game-high and season-best 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and three steals in 22:20 of work.
In seven Lithuanian League games, Davies is averaging 13.1 points on 54.7 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 19:07. In three EuroLeague games, he is putting up 12.7 points a night on 53.6 percent shooting while adding 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists in 26:16.
Charles Abouo also had his best game of the early season as ADA Blois Basket knocked off Quimper, 82-78. In the narrow win, he finished second on the team with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point land and 2 of 3 at the line. He added four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes.
On the season, Abouo is averaging 12.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting from the floor and 42.9 percent from distance while bringing down 2.5 rebounds in 21.5 minutes.
Jonathan Tavernari did some very good work as well as Pallacanestro Cantu crushed Vanoli Cremona 96-79. In the win, JT totaled 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. He also contributed five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes of action.
On the season, Tavernari is averaging 7.0 points on 50 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22 minutes a game.
In the college ranks, Jordan Chatman showed off his remarkable shooting touch as Boston College squeaked by Harvard in a scrimmage.
The former BYU guard finished with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range, according to his father, Jeff Chatman.