The team’s namesake admitted he didn’t have the greatest game.
Still, that didn’t stop Team Fredette from moving on in The Basketball Tournament, as former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette scored a game-high 30 points in his squad’s 99-89 win over Jackson TN Underdawgs on Sunday at the Capital Center in Columbus, Ohio.
“We led most of the game, which was good. Our team did much better. I didn’t play very well today, so my team did a great job picking (up the slack),” Fredette told ESPN in a postgame interview as Team Fredette advanced to the Super 16 in the annual 72-team, $2 million competition.
Fredette, who scored 32 points and shot 52.9 percent from the field in the team’s first-round win Saturday, was not as sharp offensively Sunday, making 9 of 22 from the field and just 1 of 9 from 3-point range. He was, however, a perfect 11 of 11 from the free-throw line again, and added six rebounds, five assists and a steal.
After trailing by as many as 12 points in the first quarter of their first-round win Saturday, Team Fredette, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional, was in control through much of its win over the No. 10 seeded Underdawgs.
Jackson TN took a 24-21 lead after one quarter, behind 55.6 percent shooting from the field, but Team Fredette outscored the Underdawgs 30-20 in the second quarter to establish control.
Former BYU big man Brandon Davies added 13 points, a pair of powerful dunks, three blocks and two steals for Team Fredette, while another ex-Cougar, Charles Abouo, pitched in four points, three rebounds and an assist.
Despite Team Fredette taking a 51-44 lead into the break, after Fredette hit a step-back 3-pointer to end the first half, Jackson TN didn’t go away, cutting the Team Fredette lead to four points in the third quarter.
A six-point possession, though, helped Team Fredette secure its first double-digit lead when Jeff Ledbetter hit a three, was fouled and the Underdawgs’ Torye Pelham was assessed a technical for his reaction to the call. Fredette hit the two technical free throws, and Ledbetter made his free-throw attempt to push the Team Fredette lead out to 66-56.
With Fredette using his moves to get to the charity stripe and his teammates making key plays in the second half, Jackson TN, led by 19 points from Jeremy Weddle, never got within four points the remainder of the way.
Jordon Crawford, a former teammate of Fredette’s with the G League’s Westchester Knicks, helped stabilize the Team Fredette offense, scoring 12 points and dishing out a team-high eight assists, with no turnovers. Ra’Shad James scored 17 points off the bench, one game after hitting three 3-pointers.
This is the second year Team Fredette has played in TBT. Last year, it fell in the first round, with Fredette serving as a coach for that team.82 comments on this story
“Yeah, I’m not a coach yet. It’s too nerve-wracking for me,” Fredette told ESPN. “I like to be out there and play, have things in my own hands. Our team did a great job today and we have a great coaching staff. … It’s been a lot of fun.”
Team Fredette moves on to the tournament's Super 16, where it will face No. 6 seed Fort Wayne Champs — an 84-66 winner over Illinois BC — next Friday at 5 p.m. MDT in Atlanta. The game, played at the Georgia State Sports Arena, will be televised on ESPN2.