By: Jay Yeomans
Published: September 14, 2019
Jimmer-mania has officially begun in Greece.
Jimmer Fredette had it all working on Saturday as he carried Panathinaikos to an impressive 94-76 win over UNICS Kazan.
The former BYU guard was nearly unstoppable in the comfortable win, finishing with a game-high 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the floor including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and 2 of 3 from the foul line. He also showed off his excellent court vision and his mastery in the defensive passing lanes with six assists and six steals even though he came off the bench.
After a sluggish start had the Greens trailing early, Fredette showed off his sweet stroke to change the momentum.
He got things going with a left-wing triple in transition to cut the deficit to three. A couple possessions later Fredette evened the score at 25 after he used a ball screen to create some space before drilling a straightaway three.
The 2011 national player of the year followed that up with a floater in the lane to give Panathinaikos the lead and then capitalized on another screen to connect on another triple to cap off a 13-0 run to end the first quarter.
Fredette kept up the offensive pressure with seven points in the second quarter to finish the half with 18 points.
He added 13 more points in the second half including 10 in the fourth quarter as the Greens clinched a spot in Sunday’s championship game for the Orange Trophy.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared highlights of Fredette’s huge game. Click here to view the video.
Through three wins with the Greek League power, Fredette is averaging 24.7 points while connecting on 10 3-pointers.
Elijah Bryant and Brandon Davies have also played well as they prepare for the EuroLeague season.
Bryant had a strong all-around showing on Saturday as Maccabi Tel Aviv dispatched former Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor and French club Le Mans, 94-57.
In the win, Bryant was his game’s most efficient player, totaling nine points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field while adding seven rebounds and four assists in just 16:06 on the floor.
As for Davies, he had a big game this week as Barcelona took home a 93-92 win to take home the Catalan League championship.
The former BYU big man came up with the biggest play of the game as he corralled an offensive rebound and put it back in with just over a second remaining for the come-from-behind victory.
Davies finished the night with 16 points.
Frank Bartley IV continued his strong play on Saturday as well as his Carramimbre CBC Valladolid team came away with a 91-78 win over Chocolates Trapa Palencia to advance to the finals of the Copa Castilla Y Leon.
Bartley played a key role in the win, finishing with 16 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the field including 2-for-6 from deep. He also chipped in with two boards, two assists, a steal and a block in 22:21.