Big deficit? No problem, especially when you have Jimmer.
Jimmer Fredette, TBT’s leading scorer this summer, poured in a 2018 TBT-high 41 points as Team Fredette overcame an early 15-point deficit to defeat the Fort Wayne Champs, 104-91.
Fredette made 13 of his 21 shots and was 6-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc for Team Fredette, which opened the second quarter on an 18-3 run.
“We got out in transition,” said Fredette of his team’s second-half surge. “Jeff (Ledbetter) was making shots. Everybody was making shots. That’s when we’re at our best…when we get a rebound and get out in transition with Jordan (Crawford) pushing it.”
Ledbetter made five of his eight three-pointers and finished with 17 points in the win for Team Fredette, which outscored Fort Wayne by 31 points over the second and third quarters.
“We’re playing a really good brand of basketball,” said Fredette. “We share the ball…it’s a great opportunity.”
Julian Mavunga had 23 points in the losing effort for the Fort Wayne Champs.
TBT features 72 teams of top professional, college alumni, and international basketball players competing in a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament for a winner-take-all $2 Million prize. All 72 games will air on ESPN networks beginning Friday, June 29, culminating with the championship game on Friday, August 3 live at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN. Regional competitions will be hosted in Richmond (July 13-15), Los Angeles (July 13-15), Brooklyn (July 20-22) and Columbus (July 20-22), with the semifinals and championship game in Baltimore (August 2-3).
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