Here are how some former Mountaineers fared in professional action over the weekend.
Kent Richardson – Philadelphia Soul
The Soul played the Pittsburgh Power on the NFL Network’s Arena Game of the Week on Friday night, and former Mountaineer Kent Richardson was ready for prime-time. He had a big game for the Soul.
He recovered a blocked kick and returned it for a touchdown that ended the third quarter with the Soul leading 57-53. He also intercepted Pitt’s Bill Stull once and had four tackles in the game. The Soul went on to win 84 – 59.
Larry Ford – Florida Tarpons
Former WVU D-Lineman Larry Ford had another big game in the Tarpons’ victory over Lakeland. He had 1 sack, 3 tackles, 1 recovered fumble in the Tarpons 62-47 victory. Noel Devine was in attendance to support his former teammate. He rushed for 3 touchdowns (just kidding).
John Flowers – Saitama Broncos
Flowers had two big games in two Broncos’ losses over the weekend against Akita NH. On Saturday, the Broncos lost to Akita 97-94 when Flowers led Saitama with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Sunday’s game had the same result for Saitama when they lost 97-87. Flowers again had a big game with 25 points and 7 rebounds.
If you follow Flowers on Twitter, you know that he is counting down the days until the season in Japan is over. He told us that he hopes to catch on with a team for the NBA’s Summer League. The BJ League in which Flowers plays, does have good competition with many former NBAers. His ability to show he can score among increased competition to go along with his rebounding and defensive prowess could be enough to earn an invite.
Da’Sean Butler – Austin Toros
The Toros beat the Maine Red Claws like the Mountaineers defeated Clemson in the Orange Bowl. On Friday, the Toros blew out Maine 112-82. Butler beat the 2nd quarter buzzer with a lay-up to make the game 62-39 at halftime. However, he scored only 4 points in 24 minutes of play to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
On Saturday, is was more of the same story for the Toros again blowing out Maine with a final score of 116-77. In this game, Butler had 6 points in 23 minutes. He also had 1 rebound and 2 assists.
Casey Mitchell – Union Olimpija
Casey Mitchell is still finding his way in Romania with Union Olimpija after joining the team mid-season. On Saturday, Union beat Elektra 70-64. Mitchell had 6 points.