By: Jay Yeomans
Published: July 27, 2018
Jimmer Fredette put on a show on Friday night as he and his Team Fredette teammates overcame a slow start to handle the Fort Wayne Champs, 104-91.
Fredette carried the offensive load with 41 points on 13-for-21 shooting from the floor including 6-for-11 from distance and 9-for-10 from the foul line. He also chipped in with a team-best eight rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in 36 minutes of work.
Fredette did all of his damage on the offensive end in 22-minute span as Team Fredette turned a 12-point deficit into a huge lead.
He started things off with a slick crossover to get to the paint before delivering a tear drop.
He followed that up by getting to the lane and finishing with his left hand while drawing a foul to cut the deficit to 11.
Minutes later, Fredette found the range from deep as he buried the right-wing three to give Team Fredette the 38-37 lead.
Fredette continued his hot streak moments later when he came off a down screen from Jack Cooley and buried a left-wing triple to open up a four-point lead.
After doing more damage from in close and at the foul line, Fredette got things rolling from the outside again as used another Cooley screen to create some space before drilling the pull-up jumper.
After a short fadeaway jumper, Jimmer went back to work from deep as he connected on a right-wing triple off the bounce to give Team Fredette some breathing room.
Fredette then showed he could get to the paint off the dribble with some terrific finishes from in close including a driving lay-up to end the third quarter.
The former BYU guard added three more buckets early in the fourth on a stepback three and a pair of drives to the lane where finished with a floater and a finger role.
The Basketball Tournament YouTube channel shared more highlights from the impressive win.
Team Fredette also got a massive performance from Jeff Ledbetter who snapped out of his shooting slump, connecting on 5 of 8 shots from distance on his way to 17 huge points.
Three other players scored in double figures for Team Fredette including former BYU big man Brandon Davies who managed 11 points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a pair of highlight-reel blocks (including the one below).
Jordon Crawford added 11 points, six assists and four rebounds while Ra’Shad James registered his 10 points in 18 minutes.
Julian Mavunga led the way for Fort Wayne with 23 points while Trey McKinney Jones chipped in with 18 points in the losing effort.
Through three games, Fredette is averaging 34.3 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the floor, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 96.9 percent from the foul line. He has also managed 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals while playing all but one minute.
Jimmer and Team Fredette will get a shot to advance to the Final Four on Sunday when they face off against the Scarlet and Grey who feature a cast of former Ohio State stars.