The start of the Las Vegas Summer League is also a new beginning for former BYU standout Elijah Bryant.
Bryant started in Milwaukee’s 107-106 loss to Philadelphia. He finished with 7 points in 25 minutes, shooting 3 of 7 from the field. Bryant showed his value as a facilitator, leading the Bucks with eight assists while adding three rebounds, a steal and a block.
One of Bryant’s teammates is former Saint Mary’s foe Jock Landale, who led Milwaukee with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Bryant spent last season in the Israeli Premier League, where he averaged 17 points per game for Hapoel Eilat.
The Bucks will next be in action on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks as the Las Vegas Summer League continues. Former Cougar Eric Mika, who has played well for the Sacramento Kings in the summer, will be in action at 9 p.m. MT on NBA TV against a team from China.
Former Lone Peak standout Frank Jackson had an outstanding game cut short later on when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake 200 miles away reached the Las Vegas area, causing the cancellation of the New Orleans-New York Knicks matchup midway through the fourth quarter.
The Pelicans-Knicks game was billed as a showcase for former Duke teammates Zion Williamson (New Orleans) and RJ Barrett (New York) but Jackson stole the show by scoring 30 points on 11 of 17 shooting, including 5 of 9 from the 3-point line. Jackson also stunned the crowd with a a length-of-the-court drive that ended in a two-handed dunk.
Williamson scored 11 points in 11 minutes before leaving the game after taking a knee-to-knee contact. Barrett shot just 4 of 18 and scored 10 points.
Officials declared the game over at the 7:53 mark of the fourth quarter and cancelled the Phoenix-Denver game as well with concerns about the overhead scoreboard in Thomas and Mack Center. The Orlando Magic-San Antonio Spurs game in the adjacent Cox Pavilion continued.