The Cougar pro basketball tracker, Jimmer Fredette, game 8: Fredette has another big game

The Westchester Knicks used huge offensive performances from Jordan Bachynski and Thanasis Antetokounmpo as they rolled past the Maine Red Claws 127-108 at the Portland Expo Building on Friday night.

The Knicks did most of their damage during the middle two quarters as they outscored the Red Claws 77-48 in the second and third quarters to race home with the big win.

Bachynski led the way for the Knicks with 31 points on 14 for 14 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds, six blocks and three assists while Antetokounmpo totaled 26 points on 10 for 12 shooting from the floor and 5 for 5 shooting from the free-throw line with four blocks, three rebounds and two steals.

Sean Marshall and Travis Trice II also put up some big numbers as the Knicks got another road victory. Marshall had 17 points and four rebounds off the bench while Trice managed 14 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Darion Atkins reached double figures in scoring as well with 10 points on 5 for 12 shooting with five rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

Omari Johnson led six Red Claws in double figures with 19 points on the strength of a 4 for 8 shooting night from 3-point land to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Jordan Mickey registered a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks while Andre Stringer put up 13 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Coty Clarke chipped in with 11 points on 50 percent shooting from behind the arc while Levi Randolph had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Jimmer Fredette had another impressive showing for the Knicks who improved to 10-3 on the season. He finished with 21 points on 9 for 14 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from 3-point range and 1 for 1 from the charity stripe. He added a team-high (yes, you read that right) eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

After missing his first two shots of the night, Fredette got his offense going. He started it out with a turn-around in the paint and followed that up with a 3-pointer coming off staggered screens on an inbound play on the right wing. His next basket came just moments later when he caught the ball at the top of the key and created space with a pump fake before he knocked down a foul-line jumper.

His only basket in the second quarter came in the final minutes when he got into the lane and converted on a running floater off the dribble. He added a technical free-throw to finish the half with 10 points, with six rebounds and three assists.

He followed that up with a huge third quarter as the Knicks put the game out of reach. He had 11 points on 5 for 6 six shooting from the floor. His first basket of the half came on a fade away jumper in the lane in the opening minutes. Up next came a methodic baseline drive to the basket for a lay-up before he added a pull-up 3-point shot in transition. His last two baskets of the night before he sat out the fourth quarter came on a spin that led to a pull-up foul line jumper and a driving lay-up.

On the season, Fredette has played in eight games and is averaging 24 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 44.7 percent from 3-point land and 91.1 percent from the free-throw line. He also averages 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 35.6 minutes.

Up next for Fredette and the Knicks is a rematch with the Red Claws on Saturday night.

 

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