The Shanghai Sharks came away with another impressive win as they outlasted the host Singapore Slingers 89-67 on Friday night in the OCBC Arena.

Jimmer Fredette and Guerschon Yabusele led the way for the Sharks with 29 points a piece as they improved to 2-0 in the tournament to advance to the semi-finals.

The Slingers kept the game close for three quarters before getting outscored 28-14 in the fourth quarter to fall to 1-1.

After missing a couple of early shots, Fredette got his offense going and carried Shanghai in the first half, he had nine first quarter points on 3 for 5 shooting from the floor, including a tough driving lay-up and a deep 3-point shot as the quarter expired.

He kept it up to start the second with a one-foot fall away jumper from just inside the foul line, followed by a transition 3-pointer off a steal. He added a pair of free-throws and another lay-up on a steal to finish the first half with 18 points.

He struggled some with his shot to start the third quarter, but did manage to contribute  a 3-point shot in transition to help open up the lead in a close contest. He also knocked down 1 of 2 free throws while notching two rebounds and an assist.

Fredette added seven fourth-quarter points, including another transition 3-pointer to push the lead to 17. He closed out the game with four more free throws before exited the game with 3:11 left to play.

All told, Fredette finished with 29 points on 4 for 8 shooting from 3-point land and 9 for 10 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in just under 35 minutes of action.

Up next for Fredette and the Sharks in a semi-final match-up on Saturday night against the Seoul Samsung Thunders. The Thunders finished second place in group B with a 1-1 record.

The Jimmer Fredette era with the Shanghai Sharks started out with an easy 84-43 win over Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor in the first game of round-robin play in the Merlion Cup.

Fredette had a dominating performance against KKL out of Chinese Taipei, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

He showed off his array of moves getting to the bucket with ease for lay-ups, knocking down mid-range jumpers and demonstrating his range with five 3-pointers.

After starting off the game a bit slow with just six first-quarter points, he really got things going midway through the second. He scored seven quick points to help carry the Sharks offense. Following a contest free-throw line jumper, he pushed the ball up the floor and got to the lane for a floater to reach double-figures on the night. He followed that up a short time later with his first 3-pointer of the game running off a screen.

He started off the second half like he finished the first, with another 3-point shot as the Sharks extended the lead to 20. He added two lay-ups and another three as Shanghai outscored KKL 27-6 in the third to push the lead to 64-26.

Fredette added another 10 points in the final stanza after a lengthy rest. His first bucket of the quarter came on an offensive rebound tap-in after missing a floater. He then knocked down a pair of threes before finishing his scoring on the night with a driving lay-up.

Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a much tougher match-up as they face the host Singapore Slingers on Friday night.

One of the key players to watch for the Slingers is American import Xavier Alexander who finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in their win over KKL. He also has help from two-time local MVP Wei Long Wong as well as import, Jeff Viernes.

 

 

 

While nothing concrete has come out in a while there has been plenty of speculation in recent days about Big 12 expansion.

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman had thoughts on if BYU and Houston could both be left out. He writes, “It seems clearer and clear that BYU isn’t getting into the Big 12. Just too many negatives for the conference, which knows all about negatives. Remember, it takes only three “no” votes to kill any expansion candidate, and BYU’s stance on its Honor Code, gays and lesbians, not playing on Sundays, the issues of it already having its own TV network and geographical distance from the Big 12 has definitely hurt the Cougars’ chances.”

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