By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 8, 2019
Eric Mika had a huge performance in his G-League debut as the Stockton Kings hammered the Santa Cruz Warriors, 122-97, on Friday night.
The former BYU inside force had a night to remember, finishing with a game-best 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 from the foul line. Now if you are wondering why those numbers don’t add up to his point total, I must point out that the G-League is experimenting with a one free-throw per shooting foul rule until the final two minutes of the game. So instead of getting eight free throws, he got four, but they all counted for two points each.
He also chipped in with a game-high 16 rebounds (five on the offensive end), three assists, two steals and a pair of blocks in 34 minutes of work.
Mika put up big numbers in every quarter, including six points and five rebounds in the opening stanza. He followed that up with eight second-quarter points to finish the half with 14 points and eight rebounds. He didn’t slow down much in the second half as he added eight more rebounds and 10 more points in the lopsided win.
The NBA G-League YouTube Channel shared highlights of all of his field goals.
Mika and the Kings will be back on the court on Saturday with a rematch against the Warriors.
Fredette hits double figures as Panathinaikos gets a win
Jimmer Fredette scored in double figures for the sixth time in seven EuroLeague games as Panathinaikos held off Valencia Basket, 91-80, in Greece on Friday.
The BYU legend finished with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line. He added two steals, a rebound, and an assist in 17:48 on the floor.
Fredette’s only assist made the highlight reel on the EuroLeague Twitter page.
Jimmer did all of his damage from the floor in the first half as he converted on 3 of 6 shots as the Greens raced out to a 10-point lead at the break.
All of his scoring in the second half came from the charity stripe, including four free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Through seven games, Fredette is tied for 11th in scoring, averaging 14.1 points on 65.4 percent shooting from inside the arc, 40 percent from 3-point land and 95.8 percent at the foul line. He also chips in with 2.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 21:42 a night.
Davies faces off with former team
Brandon Davies had a slow night as he faced off with Zalgiris Kaunas in EuroLeague action. He totaled four points, six rebounds and four assists in 21:40 as Barcelona came away with a 93-86 win.
Through seven games, Davies is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 22:14.
The latest on the other Cougars on the hardwood
Charles Abouo finished with five points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds in 37 minutes as Fos Provence dropped a 67-64 decision to Nantes on Friday.
In five games, he is averaging 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.6 assists in 26.4 minutes.
Frank Bartley IV had another big scoring night this week in an 80-61 win over Forca Lleida. In the victory, he totaled 20 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes.
In seven games, he is averaging a team-high 16.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.3 steals in 29 minutes for the top team in Spain’s second-highest division.
Elijah Bryant had a nice showing on Thursday in EuroLeague as Maccabi Tel Aviv handled Alba Berlin, 104-78. In the victory, he recorded seven points, five rebounds, and two assists in 20 minutes.
Jordan Chatman had a good game in Europe Cup on Wednesday in a tough 83-81 loss to Bahceshir. In the setback, the sharpshooter managed 14 points on 50 percent shooting to go along with three rebounds and three assists in 36:26.
In three Europe Cup games, he is averaging 14 points on the strength of 52.4 percent shooting from 3-point land. He also chips in with 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.7 minutes.