By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 18, 2018
It has been a great weekend to be a BYU sports fan. Not only did the Cougars get wins on the hardwood and the gridiron, but many former BYU players put up huge numbers on their respective teams around the world.
Tyler Haws had the most impressive offensive showing of his pro career on Friday as Levitec Huesca came away with a 79-69 win over Club Melilla Basketball.
In the win, Haws easily set his career high in scoring with a game-high 31 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line. He also chipped in with three rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes of work.
Through eight games, Haws is seventh in LEB Gold in scoring, averaging 15.9 points a game on 49.5 percent shooting from the floor and 100 percent from the free-throw line (26-for-26). He also contributes 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28:45 a night for the second place team in the league.
Collinsworth has good offensive showing in return to action
Kyle Collinsworth had a very productive afternoon on Saturday as the short-handed Raptors 905 fell to the Delaware Blue Coats, 126-111.
In the loss, the former Cougar jack-of-all-trades returned to the lineup after a five-game absence and finished with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. He added three assists, two rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocks in 33 minutes.
Collinsworth got off to a hot start in the afternoon affair with seven first-quarter points on a pair of layups and a 3-point play as the 905 took an eight-point lead. He added another layup in the second quarter, but was in more of a giving mood as he found Khadeem Lattin for a dunk and Christian Watford for a three. He also did some work on the defensive end of the floor with a rejection of Jared Brownridge putback attempt.
Collinsworth added seven points in the second half on two 3-point shots and a free throw, but the Raptors struggled to keep pace with the high-powered Blue Coats’ offense.
Through two games, Collinsworth is averaging 12.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals in 29.8 minutes.
Bryant continues to score in bunches as Sharks keep winning
Elijah Bryant had another terrific night on Saturday as the Hapoel Mall Hayam Eilat Sharks won their fourth straight with a 99-83 win over Hapoel Jerusalem.
The former BYU guard shot the lights out in the win with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-3 from distance and 2-for-3 at the charity stripe. He added seven rebounds (two on the offensive end), four assists and a steal in 30 minutes of work.
Through seven games, Bryant is tied for the league lead in scoring with 22 points a night on 62.2 percent shooting from the floor, including a league-best 74.6 percent shooting on his 2-point shots. He also manages 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 steals in 34.9 minutes a contest.
Davies notches back-to-back double figure scoring games for Zalgiris
Brandon Davies had a huge game in very limited minutes on Sunday as BC Zalgiris Kaunas hammered Siauliai, 102-61. Davies put on a show in the lopsided win with a game-high 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line. He added four rebounds and a steal in just 14:06 on the court.
Through 11 Lithuanian League games, Davies is averaging 12.5 points on 56.4 percent shooting with 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 18:10 a night.
The former BYU big man also reached double figures on Friday as Zalgiris fell to FC Barcelona Lassa, 88-85. In the overtime loss, Davies totaled 12 points on 3-for-7 shooting from the floor and 6-for-8 at the line. He also registered four rebounds and two assists in 29:02.
He also delivered some of the best highlights of the night with a couple of huge dunks (shared by the BC Zalgiris Kaunas Twitter page).
Through seven EuroLeague games, Davies is 11th in the league in scoring with 14.1 points a night on 57.6 percent shooting to go along with 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24:30.
Carlino shines in win, but match up between former Cougars doesn’t happen
Matt Carlino continues to put up big games off the bench for Roanne. Friday was no different as the former BYU guard managed 14 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc as Roanne knocked off Blois, 81-70.
Carlino added three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 21 minutes of work as Roanne improved to 5-1 on the season.
The game would’ve been a match up between former Cougars, but sadly, Charles Abouo missed the game with a sprained ankle. On the plus side, the former Cougar teammates did get to hang out the night before the game and catch up.
On the season, Carlino is seventh in the league in scoring with 16.7 points a night on 48.6 percent shooting from 3-point land and 93.8 percent from the foul line. He also registers 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 21.8 minutes.
As for Abouo, he is expecting to be back in the lineup for Blois very soon. Through his first five games, he is averaging 10.4 points on 51.4 percent shooting while adding 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.4 minutes.
Frank Bartley IV plays first pro game
Frank Bartley IV started out his pro career on Sunday as his Saint John Riptide dropped a 96-95 decision to the Island Storm.
In the narrow loss, Bartley finished with three points on 1 of 4 shooting from distance. He added two assists, a rebound and a steal in 11 minutes off the bench.
If you are looking to see how Jimmer Fredette did, click here for the latest game story on another huge performance.