By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 6, 2019
Jimmer Fredette delivered a masterful performance on Sunday as Panathinaikos hammered Lavrio, 112-81.
The former BYU standout went full Jimmer as he caught fire from inside and out, finishing with a game-high 24 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. He added five assists, three rebounds (two on the offensive end) a block, and a steal in 23:03 on the floor.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Greens including Georgios Papagiannis who recorded 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field with four rebounds in 15:58.
Ioannis Papapetrou chipped in with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 24:13 while Nikos Pappas had 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting from deep.
Fredette got on the board early with a pair of free throws but added just one other basket in the first quarter on a putback before getting a rest.
Jimmer really got going in the second quarter with 13 points during the final four minutes of the half as Panathinaikos opened up an 18-point lead.
He opened up the hot stretch with a jumper on a pass from Nick Calathes before connecting on his first three of the night.
After converting a foul shot, Jimmer hit another 3-pointer as the lead continued to grow. He followed that up with another basket before knocking down two more free throws to finish his 17-point first half.
Fredette continued his hot shooting in the third with seven points before sitting out the rest of the game in the blowout win.
The Basketball for life YouTube Channel put together a nice highlight package of the performance.
Through two Greek League games, Fredette is averaging 18.5 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the floor, 60 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 22:35 on the court.
Thoughts on the game
Jimmer did whatever he wanted and couldn’t be stopped. It was the kind of night where he would’ve dropped 50 or 60 in China.
He was that good.
But this Panathinaikos roster is so deep and talented that Fredette will never have to carry the load like he did for Shanghai.
In the win, the Greens played 11 players at least 10 minutes with no one playing more than 25. The shot distribution was also very balanced with 10 players shooting between four and 10 times. And that was on a great shooting night where the team shot 60 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Keep in mind that the Greens were also shorthanded without the services of Ben Bentil or Tyrese Rice.
Panathinaikos returns to EuroLeague play to face off with French League power LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Thursday.