This week’s edition of WVUPros on the Hardwood Report is highlighted by a matchup of WVU stars Alex Ruoff and Da’Sean Butler in Eurocup action.
We’ve also got updates from Israel, Italy, the NBA D-League, Serbia and more.
Alex Ruoff/Da’Sean Butler: In each team’s first matchup in the Eurocup tournament, Group G members Ratiopharm and Dominion Bilbao Basket met Wednesday pitting two Mountaineer favorites against each other in the process.
The team from Spain, Bilbao (6-8, 1-0 Eurocup), controlled most of the matchup en route to an 18-point win with the final score of 93-75.
For the victors, Ruoff scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting including three made 3-pointers to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
In the loss for Ratiopharm Ulm (9-8, 0-1 Eurocup) Butler scored 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.
Ruoff and Bilbao will play again on Saturday against CAI Zaragoza while Butler and Rationpharm Ulm will take the court Monday in a Eurocup Group G matchup with Bayern Muenchen.
Truck Bryant: In Italy Wednesday, Truck Bryant and Mens Sana 1871 (8-8) picked up a victory over Latina Basket 89-85. The WVU point guard hit 6-of-15 shots in the game for 19 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
Bryant and Mens Sana 1871 will be back in action Jan. 17 against Scafati.
Devin Ebanks: The Grand Rapids Drive (8-8) picked up a victory Saturday 99-95 over the Erie Bay Hawks. In the win, Ebanks scored 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 37 minutes of action.
The Mountaineer big man also pulled down six rebounds and added an assists, a block and a steal in the win.
Ebanks and the Drive will play again on Wednesday against the Canton Charge.
Juwan Staten: In his second game as a member of the Delaware 87ers (12-9), Juwan Staten scored eight points in a 118-112 victory over the Maine Red Claws Wednesday as part of the NBA D-League Showcase.
In the victory, Staten played 18 minutes, made 4-of-7 shots, dished out three assists and pulled down one rebound.
The 87ers are back in action Jan. 15 against the Raptors 905.
In case you missed it, we interviewed Staten this week and asked him about the early start to his pro career and about what he learned while practicing with and against NBA superstar Steph Curry during the NBA Preseason. You can read that interview here.
Dalton Pepper: In a team-high 37 minutes of action Wednesday in Italy for NPC Rieti (7-9), Dalton Pepper scored 18 points on 8-of-21 shooting in a 77-65 loss to FCM Ferentino.
Pepper also collect four rebounds and three assists in the loss.
Pepper and Rieti are back in action Jan. 17 against Latina Basket.
Deniz Kilicli: In Turkey Saturday, Deniz Kilicli and Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (2-10) dropped an 81-79 matchup to Konyaspor in overtime.
In the loss, Kilicli scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting while blocking a shot and pulling down two rebounds in 10 minutes of play.
Kilicli will play again on Sunday against Galatasaray.
Kevin Jones: In Serbia Monday, Kevin Jones and BC Partizan lost 81-72 to Sutjeska. In 31 minutes of play, Jones scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting while pulling down nine rebounds.
Jones plays next Monday against Cibona.
John Flowers: On Sunday in Germany, John Flowers and medi Bayreuth (6-11) lost 73-71 to Bremerhaven.
Flowers scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including four made 3-pointers. Flowers also accounted for three rebounds, an assist and a steal in the game.
Bayreuth’s next game will be on Jan. 16 against EWE Baskets.
Joe Alexander: In Eurocup action Wednesday, Joe Alexander and Banco di Sardenga (9-6, 0-1 Eurocup) lost to Szolnok 86-75.
In the loss, Alexander was scoreless in four minutes of play.
Banco di Sardenga take the court again on Tuesday against Galatasaray.
Stay tuned next week for the next WVUPros on the Hardwood Report.