Jimmer Fredette came through in the clutch with another massive performance as he carried the Shanghai Sharks to a come from behind 78-77 win over Mighty Sports on Sunday night in Singapore.
Trailing by two with no time on the clock, he calmly drained three free throws to give the Sharks the Merlion Cup championship.
“We just wanted to get a good shot off,” said Fredette. “Fortunately, I got the ball and was able to shoot it and get fouled.”
It capped off a night that saw Fredette total 43 points, including 12 for 12 from the free-throw line to go along with 13 rebounds, a pair of assists and a block.
Fredette got things going in the first quarter with 18 of the Sharks’ 25 points all on 3-point plays. He had three 3-point shots, two and-ones and three free throws.
After a sluggish second quarter that saw him make just 1 of 8 shots and total four points, he found his rhythm again in the third. He got to the basket for a lay-up and also knocked down a pair of midrange jumpers as part of a six-point quarter.
While he already had 28 points through three quarters, Fredette took over in the fourth. He totaled 15 of the team’s 25 points including 10 of the last 13 as the Sharks came back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit..
He started out by knocking down a short floater followed up by a pull-up 3-pointer in transition. After a pair of free-throws he drilled another three pointer and the Sharks fought back from the huge deficit.
He then converted a lay-up before knocking down the game-winning free throws.
Former Los Angeles Clippers’ first-round pick Al Thornton led Mighty Sports with 36 points in the loss.
In the four games in the Merlion Cup, Fredette averaged 34.8 points while connecting on 18 3-pointers. He added 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a trip stateside to face off against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 2.