By: Jay Yeomans
Published: December 27, 2018
Thursday was a very big day for a pair of BYU legends who are making their way in two different parts of the pro basketball world.
Jimmer Fredette had his most impressive double-double of the season as the Shanghai Sharks dropped a 127-119 overtime decision to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
In the loss, Fredette registered a game-high 48 points on 19-for-40 shooting from the field, while making six shots from beyond the arc and hitting 4 of 5 free throws. He added 10 rebounds, four assists and a steal in 48 minutes.
It is the 10th time this season that Fredette has reached the 40-point mark and the sixth time in the last nine games.
With the overtime setback, the Sharks now sit at 15-10 and share the seventh place spot in the standings with the Fujian Sturgeons.
Through 25 games, Fredette is third in the CBA in scoring, averaging 38.7 points a game on 53 percent shooting from inside the arc, 43 percent from distance and 94 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 6.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and a league-best 3.2 steals in 40.7 minutes.
Kyle Collinsworth also produced a big double-double as his Raptors 905 knocked off the Lakeland Magic, 122-111.
In the win, Collinsworth totaled a game-high and season-best 24 points on the strength of 10-for-12 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. He added 10 boards, four assists, a block and a steal in 30 minutes of work.
Through 15 games, Collinsworth is now averaging 11.3 points a night on 47.6 percent shooting from the field while bumping up his free-throw percentage to 65.7. He also contributes 7.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 31.4 minutes.
Elijah Bryant also came up big this week as he helped the Hapoel Eilat Sharks win their eighth straight game with an 88-66 victory over Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Wednesday.
In the win, Bryant registered 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor and 5-for-6 from the foul line. He added three assists and two rebounds and was a +25 in 32 minutes on the floor.
Through 11 games, Bryant is second in the Winner League in scoring, averaging 20.8 points a contest on 59.7 percent shooting from the floor, 38.1 percent from 3-point land and 75.9 percent at the line. He also averages 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.2 minutes.
As for the other Cougars doing work on courts around the globe, Brandon Davies delivered two strong showings last week as BC Zalgiris Kaunas came away with two huge wins in EuroLeague play.
His best performance in the two games came in a four-point win over Darussafaka Istanbul when he totaled a team-best 17 points while adding four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 27:12.
In 14 EuroLeague games, Davies is fourth in scoring, averaging 15.7 points a night on 57.6 percent shooting to go along with 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25:56.
Tyler Haws continues to put up solid scoring numbers in his return to Spain. In his latest action, an 89-85 win over Forca Lleida, he registered 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-3 from distance in 23 minutes.
Through 14 games, Haws is averaging 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28:21.
Jonathan Tavernari had his best game since joining his new team in a 74-68 loss to Zeus EG Rieti on Sunday.
In the loss, Tavernari managed 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-4 from distance while adding three rebounds and a block in 14 minutes.
In four games, he is averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.8 minutes.
As for Eric Mika, he has seen his minutes fluctuate quite a bit lately. In a three-point win over Vanoli Cremona on Sunday, he totaled five points and nine rebounds in 11 minutes, but played just five minutes three days later in a loss.
In 11 Italian League games, Mika is averaging 5.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.5 minutes.
In France, both Matt Carlino and Charles Abouo have been sidelined with injuries. According to reports, Abouo will be out until early February while the timetable for Carlino’s return is unclear at this time.
It is a tough blow for both players who have been key contributors to their teams this season.
Damarcus Harrison is still putting up solid numbers during his first season playing in the Latvia/Estonia League. In his last game, he managed 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in 27 minutes in an 87-69 win.
In 13 games, Harrison is averaging 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 26.1 minutes.