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BYU's Jonathan Tavernari stole the ball in the game's closing seconds to nail down Brazil's 74-71 win over Australia in the opener of the Super 4 tournament in Rosario, Argentina on Saturday. Brazil trailed by two points at the break (36-34) before edging ahead after halftime.
Tavernari was second on the team in scoring with 17 points on the day. He did not start (sore back/sprained wrist), but played 20 minutes and went 6/9 from the field (3/6 3pfg) and 2/2 from the free throw line. He added 2 rebounds and two steals, with one turnover. Brazil now gets a rest day before facing Uruguay on Monday, then host Australia on Tuesday.
Former Utah Runnin' Utes Luke Nevill and Stephen Weigh were both on the Aussie roster for Saturday's contest. The Uruguay side Brazil will see Monday features former Ute Martin Osimani and former Weber State Wildcat Juan Pablo Siveira. The team Argentina brought to the competition includes Houston Rocket Luis Scola.
As a reminder, Tavernari is one of only four players from Brazil's Senior National "A" team playing with the group in Argentina; the other eight players are from a club team in Sao Paulo. The full "A" team will play a four-team tourney in Rio this week, then head to Puerto Rico for a final international tourney preceding the Tournament of the Americas. JT is close to earning a spot on that trip to San Juan, and I think he stands an excellent chance of making the final 12-man roster.
Former Cougar Austin Collie is able to report for Colts camp in Terre Haute, IN Sunday, because he has signed his first NFL contract (believed to be a four-year pact). He and fellow draftee Fili Moala (2nd round) were signed Saturday, clearing the way for their participation. Seven of the eight Colts draft picks have been signed, with only Indy's first-rounder (Donald Brown) yet to do his deal. Colts players report Sunday, with camp practices starting Monday.
With BYU Football's first summer practice set for a week from today, here's your "Camp Cougar Countdown Trivia."
Yesterday's question asked: "In how many games did BYU trail in the 4th quarter during the 1984 season?"
Answer: Four (Pittsburgh, Hawaii, Wyoming and Michigan).
"Who scored BYU's first points of the 1984 season?
The answer, and our next question, on Monday.