Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report: Bryant hits a game winner; Alexander featured

This week on the newest edition of the WVUPros on the Hardwood Report, we’ve got a game-winner from Truck Bryant, a feature on Joe Alexander and updates from Israel, Germany, Italy, Spain, Serbia and the NBA D-League.

Joe Alexander: Over the last week, Joe Alexander and Banco Di Sardenga (9-8, 2-2 Eurocup Group N) split their two games, losing to Av Cantu 86-78 and defeating CAI Zaragoza 75-72. Alexander, the focus of a recent Euroleague Basketball spotlight, scored 27 points in the loss to Av Cantu, and poured in 12 points in the victory over CAI Zaragoza.

Alexander and defending Italian champion Banco Di Sardenga will be back in action Sunday against Enel Brindisi.

Truck Bryant: Sunday in Italy, Truck Bryant’s buzzer beating 3-pointer propelled Mens Sana 1871 (10-8) to an 80-77 victory over Novipui Casa.

On the heels of an 18-point outing in his team’s previous victory over Scafati on Jan. 16, Bryant’s game-winner accounted for three of his team-high 22 points in the victory over Novipui Casa.

Byrant and Mens Sana 1871 play again Sunday against La Briosa BRC.

Da’Sean Butler: In two games this past week, Da’Sean Butler and Ratiopharm (11-8, 0-4 Eurocup Group G) split games against Braunschweig and Banvit BK.

Butler, who recently celebrated his 28th birthday, saw action in the victory over Braunschweig, scoring two points and pulling down two rebounds in 15 minutes of action.

Rationpharm is back in action Sunday against Phoenix Hagen before a Feb. 2 matchup with fellow Mountaineer Alex Ruoff and Dominion Bilbao Basket.

Alex Ruoff: Dominion Bilbao Basket (9-8, 2-2 Eurocup Group G), home of WVU’s Alex Ruoff, has been hot of late, winning its last three games, notably a tough, two-point victory over Bayern Muenchen 90-88 on Wednesday to go along with wins over CAI Zaragoza and Rio Natura Mnb.

Ruoff scored 19 points over the course of the last three games and will play again Sunday against Valencia.

Devin Ebanks: One game after his franchise-record 43 points against the Maine Red Claws, Mountaineer Devin Ebanks poured in 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists in a loss to Sioux Falls 104-98.

Ebanks and the Grand Rapids Drive (11-11) will play Oklahoma City on Thursday.

John Flowers: In Germany, John Flowers and Bayreuth (7-12) defeated EWE Baskets 85-73 on Jan. 16 before losing to Phoenix Hagen 93-88 on Saturday.

In the victory over EWE Baskets, Flowers scored a team-high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds. In the following game, Flowers scored two points as teammate Jake Odum carried much of the load for Bayreuth.

Flowers and his team are back in action Sunday against Fraport SKY.

Juwan Staten: As he begins to get comfortable with his new team in Delaware, Juwan Staten and the 87ers (16-12) have been playing well, winning their last two games over the Canton Charge and the Iowa Energy.

Staten had six points and six assists against the Energy and scored 10 points in the win over Canton. Against the charge, Staten’s teammate, Jordan McRae, a former member of the basketball team at the University of Tennessee, scored an NBA D-League record of 61 points and has since been signed by the Phoenix Suns.

The 87ers play Friday against the Raptors 905.

Kevin Jones: Out in Serbia, WVU’s Kevin Jones and BC Partizan (9-12) defeated Crvena Zvezda 86-81 Monday. In the win, Jones scored 17 points to go along with four rebounds.

Jones and his team will play again Monday against Buducnost.

D’or Fischer: In Eurocup action, Mountaineer big man D’or Fischer and Hapoel Jerusalem (13-4, 0-4 Eurocup Group H) lost their last two games against Maccabi Haifa 82-72 and Strasbourg 79-69.

Over the course of the two games, Fischer scored 10 points and pulled down three rebounds.

Hapoel Jerusalem plays again Sunday against Ironi Nahari.

Dalton Pepper: In a 79-77 loss to Casalpusterlengo Sunday, Dalton Pepper scored 10 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists for Rieti (8-10).

Rieti and Pepper take the court again Sunday against Virtus Roma.

Deniz Kilicli: In a 94-88 overtime victory over Banvit BK, Deniz Kilicli scored two points and pulled down two rebounds for Istanbul BSB (3-12).

Istanbul BSB will play again Saturday against Demir IBB.

Stayed tuned to Blue and Gold Sports for the next edition of the WVUPros on the Hardwood Report.



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