By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 10, 2019
It was a really good day on the gridiron and the hardwood for some of our favorite former BYU Cougars.
Kyle Van Noy delivered a terrific performance on Thursday as the New England Patriots beat the New York Giants, 35-14. The star linebacker totaled two tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery that he returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
The NFL Twitter account shared some fun video of the big play.
Through four games, Van Noy has recorded 15 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and the fumble return for a touchdown.
Mika makes big impact in limited minutes
Eric Mika saw his first action of the NBA preseason, and despite playing just four minutes, he sure got some work done while he was on the court.
The former BYU inside force entered the game with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of a Sacramento Kings win over Phoenix and quickly went to work securing a defensive rebound. Then he got after it on the offensive glass as he grabbed a Kyle Guy missed three to keep the possession alive. He got the ball back moments later and connected on a little fadeaway for his first points. He got his last basket less than a minute later as he cleaned up his own missed shot and put it back up to push the Sacramento lead to 17.
All told, Mika finished with four points on 2-for-3 shooting with six rebounds (two on the offensive end) and an assist in less than four minutes.
Bryant has a big scoring night in EuroLeague play
Elijah Bryant had his best regular-season game of the season as his Maccabi Tel Aviv fell in heartbreaking fashion to former Utah State sharpshooter Jaycee Carroll and Real Madrid, 86-85.
Bryant finished with 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc. He added three rebounds in 20:46 coming off the bench.
Through two EuroLeague contests, Bryant is averaging 12.5 points on 58.8 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the foul line in 18:52.
As for Carroll, he registered 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting from distance including the game-winning three with 2.4 seconds remaining to push Madrid over the top.
In other EuroLeague action, Jimmer Fredette showed off his stellar shooting skills in a 79-78 loss to ASVEL on Thursday.
The BYU legend finished with 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, 4-for-6 from 3-point range and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. He also contributed four boards and three assists in 28:17.
In four regular-season games (two in Greek League and two in EuroLeague) Fredette has connected on an astounding 11 of 18 from beyond the arc.
For the full breakdown of Jimmer’s performance including highlights of all his field goals, click here.
Brandon Davies has also been playing well of late. His latest outing came in a tough matchup up in Spain where Barcelona dropped its first game of the season, 86-84 to MoraBanc Andorra.
In the setback, the former BYU big man registered 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 at the line. He also chipped in with three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block in 18:59 on the floor.
Through three games in Spain, 16.3 points on 59.2 percent shooting from the floor, 66.7 percent from distance and 86.7 percent at the foul line. He also averages 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in 23 minutes.
Davies will be back on the floor tomorrow in EuroLeague play against Zenit Saint Petersberg.
Charles Abouo had a nice showing of his own in recent days as FOS Provence lost to Aix-Maurienne, 100-90. In the loss, he finished with 15 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent from three and 100 percent from the line. He chipped in with four assists, a game-high three steals and a rebound in 24 minutes.
In four games in Leaders Cup, Abouo averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 25.3 minutes.