BYU Cougs in the news: Warner, Van Noy deliver big defensive performances; Mika, Brandon Davies shine on the court

By: Jay Yeomans

Published: November 17, 2019

It was a very big weekend for a handful of former BYU Cougars on the football field and also on the hardwood.

On the gridiron 

Fred Warner continued where he left off last week, making play after play as the San Francisco 49ers came from behind the knock off the Arizona Cardinals, 36-26. In the win, the linebacker finished with a team and season-high 12 tackles, including nine of the solo variety and a tackle for loss. It was his third straight game with at least nine tackles for the 9-1 49ers.

In 10 games, Warner has 70 total tackles, four passes defended, two sacks, two tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles.

Kyle Van Noy also played a massive role in a win on Sunday as his New England Patriots held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-10. In the win, the BYU legend recorded five tackles, including a tackle for loss and a sack.

Through nine games, for the 9-1 Patriots, Van Noy has registered 32 total tackles, five and a half sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes defended.

Taysom Hill had somewhat of a slow week with just one carry, one catch and one kick return as the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-17. His reception and his carry each went for two yards while he returned the kick 12 yards.

Through 10 games, Hill has caught 10 passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 14 carries for 94 yards. He has also completed both of his passing attempts for 35 yards.

On the court

Eric Mika had another strong showing as the Stockton Kings comeback fell short in a 108-99 loss to the Austin Spurs. In the loss, Mika finished with 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the floor. He added a team-high 13 rebounds (seven on the offensive end), three assists and three blocks in 43 minutes. It was his third double-double with at least 20 points and his fourth double-double overall.

The NBA G-League YouTube Channel shared some extended highlights of the performance.

Through five games, Mika is averaging 19.2 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor and 70.6 percent at the foul line. He is also contributing 17.2 rebounds (5.8 on the offensive end), 3.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 37.6 minutes.

Brandon Davies had a bounceback performance on Sunday as FC Barcelona beat Estudiantes, 94-72. In the convincing win, the former BYU big man registered a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field, including a make on his only 3-point attempt while converting on all five of his free throws. He added three rebounds, two steals and a block in 18 minutes of work.

In nine Spanish League games, Davies is averaging 14.7 points on 57.5 percent, 60 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent at the foul line. He also averages 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 assists in 20.7 minutes.

Frank Bartley IV delivered a big game of his own in Spain as Valladolid improved to 7-2 with an 87-79 win over Tau Castello. In the victory, he managed a game-best 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field, including a blistering 6-for-7 from distance in 29 minutes on the court.

In nine games, Bartley is putting up 17.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in 29.3 minutes.

Elijah Bryant had two nice showings this week, including his best scoring game of the season as Maccabi Tel Aviv won games in Israel and in EuroLeague. The better of the two games came on Friday in a 113-83 win over Baskonia when he totaled 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field, including 3-for-6 from the 3-point line. He added six rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 21 minutes.

He followed that up with a near double-double on Saturday, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds to go along with two assists and a steal in 23 minutes.

In eight EuroLeague games, he is averaging 7.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 16.5 minutes.

In five Winner League games, he is putting up 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals in 21.8 minutes.

Kyle Collinsworth had a fantastic all-around outing on Sunday as the Salt Lake Stars drilled Santa Cruz, 102-77. In the big win, he finished with 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 100 percent from the foul line. He added a game-high 13 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes on the court.

Jordan Chatman had a solid game on Saturday as Sibiu improved to 3-3 in Romanian League action with a 77-59 win over Pitesti. In the victory, the sharpshooter had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 34 minutes.




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