By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 19, 2019
Jimmer Fredette showed off his remarkable stroke from 3-point range on Saturday as he led Panathinaikos OPAP to a 104-88 win over a tough P.A.O.K. squad.
The BYU legend had his best all-around game since joining the Greek power, finishing with a team-best 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-7 from 3-point land. He also showed off his passing ability in the road win with a season-high seven assists while grabbing three rebounds in 29:30.
Fredette was very balanced in his scoring throughout the game finishing with five points in the first quarter and six points in each of the last three quarters.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared some great highlights of the impressive shooting performance.
Four other players scored in double figures for Panathinaikos paced by Kostas Mitoglou who registered 13 points on 75 percent shooting from the field to go along with three rebounds, three steals, and three blocks.
Ioannis Papapetrou added 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists while Georgios Papagiannis and Rion Brown chipped in with 10 points apiece. Nick Calathes delivered a strong showing as well with eight points and a game-best 11 assists.
Aaron Best carried the scoring load for P.A.O.K. with 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor including 5-for-6 from distance in 24:44 off the bench. Amanze Egekeze had a great shooting night too, totaling 20 points on 70 percent shooting from the field while connecting on 6 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Through four games in Greek League, Fredette is averaging 17.8 points on 60.5 percent shooting from the floor, 68.4 percent from 3-point range and 83.3 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 22.3 minutes.
In three EuroLeague games, He is putting up 12.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting overall, 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent at the foul line. He also contributes 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24:01.
Thoughts on the game
It was great to see Jimmer get some good minutes after playing less than 20 minutes in each of the last two games. It was also refreshing to see him get to play a little more with the ball in his hands and show how he can open up the offense with his court vision as a passer. That has been a part of his game that we hadn’t been able to see much of so far this season playing alongside talented lead guards like Calathes and Tyrese Rice.
This was the third game for Panathinaikos in the last week (including two games I didn’t do stories on) who won both games in Greek League but lost a heartbreaker in EuroLeague.
In a 99-68 win over Promitheas, Fredette recorded 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with three rebounds and a steal in 15:44 of court time.
Here are the highlights from the Jimmer Watch YouTube Channel.
The Greens were back at it a couple days later in EuroLeague action where they dropped a 79-78 decision to Olimpia Milano. In the loss, Jimmer totaled nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from inside the arc and 3-for-3 at the foul line in 18:31 but played just eight seconds in the fourth.
Here are the highlights of that game from The Jimmer Watch.
Panathinaikos returns to EuroLeague action on Thursday when the team travels to St. Petersburg, Russia to square off against Zenit who is also 1-2 through three games.
Zenit St. Petersburg has a very balanced offense but does struggle to score at times. Will Thomas is the only player who is averaging double figures (10.7 points on 52 percent shooting overall and 50 percent from three), but six other players average between 7.0 and 9.0 points a game.