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.