Jimmer Fredette tracker, Merlion Cup, game 2: Another big scoring night for Jimmer

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.


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