Jimmer Fredette got going late, but it wasn’t enough to deliver Team Fredette to the $2 million championship game of The Basketball Tournament.
With the Elam Ending in play, Team Fredette couldn’t get enough stops and fell 80-76 to Eberlein Drive on Thursday in Baltimore.
Elam Ending is an experimental way to end basketball games where, on the first dead ball with less than four minutes left, seven points are added to the leading team’s score to create a target score. First team to the target score wins.
Fredette pulled up for several deep 3s in the fourth quarter to bring his team to a 67-67 tie with six minutes left, but Elam Ending began with Eberlein Drive up 73-69 and Team Fredette couldn’t recover. James Michael McAdoo ended the game on a rebound and dunk.
Fredette scored 24 points with 13 in the final quarter.
Brandon Davies, Fredette’s former BYU teammate, dazzled in the first half with a coast-to-coast drive and dunk, a 3-pointer and another driving dunk.
Former Utah Jazz player Jeremy Evans joined with former NBA players Lou Amundson and McAdoo on Eberlein Drive. Donald Sloan led the winning team with 20 points.
Eberlein Drive faces three-time defending champion Overseas Elite for the $2 million title at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN.