Jimmer Fredette had a one of his biggest scoring outputs of the season, but it wasn’t enough to stop the balanced attack of the Blue Whales who came away with a 122-116 win over the Sharks on Sunday.

Fredette finished the night with 50 points on 17 for 34 shooting from the floor, including 9 for 17 from beyond the arc and 7 for 7 from the foul line. He also came up big in other ways with game highs of six assists and five steals while also contributing six rebounds in 44:58 of action off the bench.

Hamed Haddadi had a huge performance of his own for Sichuan who improved to 16-14 with the win. He registered 38 points on 14 for 20 shooting from the field and 10 for 16 from the foul line to go along with 22 rebounds.

Six other Blue Whales scored in double figures, including Meng Da who managed 24 points and six rebounds while Zhang Chunjun added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

He also had plenty of help on the backboards as the Blue Whales outrebounded the Sharks 56-34, including 17-7 on the offensive end.

Liu XiaoYu added 19 points for the Sharks who dropped to 25-5 with the loss.

Guerschon Yabusele also had a solid showing with 17 points on 7 for 12 shooting from the floor while adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals while Lu Wei chipped in with 14 points on the strength of a 4 for 6 shooting night from 3-point range.

On the season, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 37.4 points a night on 49.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from 3-point land and 92.8 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 8.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals.

Up next for Fredette and Shanghai is a match-up for with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers are just one game behind the Sharks at the top of the CBA standings with a record of 24-6.

They are led by Darius Adams and Andray Blatche. Adams is leading the way with 33.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds while Blatche puts up 24.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

 

 

 

 

 

After missing a game with an ankle injury, Jimmer Fredette returned to the lineup and made some solid contributions as the Shanghai Sharks drilled the Fujian Sturgeons 119-93 on Friday night.

On the night, he finished with 26 points on 10 for 25 shooting from the floor and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line to go along with six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 32:04 of action.

One place where Fredette struggled in his return to action was with his outside shot as he connected on just 2 of 12 attempts from beyond the arc while coming off the bench.

Guerschon Yabusele led the way for the Sharks who improved to 25-4 with 33 points on 13 for 20 shooting from the field and 7 for 8 from the foul line. The Celtics’ 2016 first round draft pick also added a game-high 16 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37:26 on the floor.

The only other player to reach double figures in scoring for the Sharks was Lu Wei who totaled 12 points on 50 percent shooting while adding four boards and two assists.

Dwight Buycks paced the Sturgeons with 24 points and seven rebounds while Zhao Tailong chipped in with 23 points.

On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.9 points on 49.1 percent shooting from the field, including 40.2 percent from 3-point range and 92.6 percent from the free-throw line. He also adds 8.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals.

Up next for Fredette and Shanghai is a Sunday game with the Sichuan Blue Whales.

The Blue Whales are 15-14 on the season and fighting for one of the last playoff spots after back-to-back losses, including a 96-85 loss to Liaoning.

Some players to watch for the Blue Whales are former NBA players Hamed Haddadi and Josh Smith.

Haddadi is averaging 25.1 points, 15.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists while Smith contributes 18.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

 

The 2016-17 basketball season is what many BYU fans have been waiting for for nearly half a decade. There was talk of conference championships, tournament appearances and even speculation about runs to the Sweet 16 and possibly the Final Four

The reason for the lofty goals rested on the shoulders of the Lone Peak three of Eric Mika, Nick Emery and TJ Haws who would be on the floor together for the first time since winning a national championship with Lone Peak High School in 2012-13.

While the expectations have been huge, the team success on the floor hasn’t followed. And fans have voiced their displeasure on social media, including some even calling for the dismissal of coach Dave Rose.

Thanks to the two wildly disappointing losses to UVU and San Diego, and a 13-6 record through 19 games, many have overlooked just how productive the three Lone Peak Knights have been on the floor.

Most notably, Mika is on pace to have a historic sophomore season in his first year back from his mission to Italy.

Through 19 games, he has already scored 390 points for an average of 20.5 points a game. If he keeps up that pace, he would join Tyler Haws and Michael Smith as the only BYU sophomores to average more than 20 points a game.

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