By: Jay Yeomans
Published: December 31, 2018
It was a big weekend for many of the former BYU basketball players who are playing the game around the globe.
Tyler Haws showed off his 3-point range on Saturday, delivering one of his best scoring nights as a pro, as Levitec Huesca knocked off Saenz Horeca Araberri, 87-81.
In the six-point win, Haws finished with a game-high 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field, including a blistering 6-for-8 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He added three assists and two rebounds in 34 minutes as Huesca improved to 11-4 on the season.
Through 15 games, Haws is sixth in the LEB Gold in scoring, averaging 15.5 points a night on 46.6 percent shooting from the floor, 42.2 percent from 3-point land and 91.3 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 28:44.
Jimmer Fredette continued his streak of massive scoring nights as the shorthanded Sharks dropped a 126-120 decision to the Liaoning Flying Leopards on Sunday.
In the loss, Fredette totaled a team-best 36 points on 13-for-32 shooting from the field, while connecting on six 3-point shots and hitting all four of his free throws. He also managed a team-high six assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals in 42 minutes.
On the season, Fredette is third in the CBA in scoring, averaging 38.6 points a game on 53 percent shooting from inside the arc, 42 percent from distance and 94 percent at the charity stripe. He also contributes 6.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.2 steals in 40.7 minutes.
Brandon Davies had a big game in very limited minutes on Sunday as the BC Zalgiris Kaunas destroyed Prienu Skycop, 93-48, to improve to 15-1 in Lithuanian League play.
In the lopsided victory, Davies registered a game-high 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line. He added three rebounds and three assists in just 14:42 on the floor.
On the LKL season, Davies is averaging a team-best 12.6 points a contest on 63.1 percent shooting to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17:31.
Kyle Collinsworth was a monster on the backboards on Saturday as the Raptors 905 fell to the Maine Red Claws, 102-89.
In the loss, Collinsworth recorded 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc. He added a team-high 11 rebounds (six on the offensive end), three assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes.
Through 16 games, Collinsworth is averaging 11.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting with 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.6 minutes.
Jonathan Tavernari scored in double figures for the second game in a row as his Givova Scafati slipped past Virtus Roma, 100-98.
In the overtime win, Tavernari recorded 10 points on 3-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-5 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 at the line. He added three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 20 minutes.
In five games with Scafati, Tavernari is putting up 6.8 points a night while adding 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.2 minutes.
Frank Bartley IV stuffed the stat sheet on Saturday as his Saint John Riptide got outlasted by the Cape Breton Highlanders, 97-94.
In the three-point loss, Bartley totaled 10 points, a team-high eight rebounds, six assists and a steal in 37 minutes.
Through 11 games, Bartley is averaging 15.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting with 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.1 minutes.
Eric Mika didn’t see much time on Sunday as his Germani Basket Brescia got crushed by Dinamo Sassari, 95-71.
In the loss, Mika converted on both his field goal attempts to finish with four points, while adding an offensive rebound in seven minutes on the floor.
In 12 games, Mika is averaging 5.1 points on 48.8 percent shooting with 2.8 rebounds in 12.1 minutes a night.
Jake Toolson continued his strong play on Saturday as Utah Valley went to Fresno State and came away with a 64-60 win to move to 11-4 on the season.
In the road win, Toolson totaled a team-best 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-2 from distance. He added four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 38 minutes.
Through 15 games, Toolson is averaging 15.9 points on a remarkable 58.1 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent from 3-point land and 86.4 percent at the free-throw line. He also chips in with 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 33.2 minutes.