Jimmer Fredette followed up his 51-point game with another monster outing as the Shanghai Sharks knocked off the Shenzhen Leopards 112-108 in in Shanghai on Sunday.
Fredette was the game’s leading scorer with 37 points on 10 for 22 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 7 from 3-point range and 14 for 16 from the free-throw line. He added a team-high nine assists, eight rebounds and a pair of steals in 44:27 as the Sharks improved to 6-0 on the season.
Shanghai came out strong scoring 29 points in the first quarter for the nine-point lead. but the Leopards wouldn’t go away. They outscored the Sharks 28-24 in both the second and third quarter to close the gap to 77-76 heading into the fourth.
Shanghai answered with its best offensive quarter of the night, scoring 35 points to come away with the four-point win.
Three other Sharks players scored in double figures led by Liu XiaoYu who finished with 26 points on 10 for 19 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 6 from distance to go along with three rebounds and three assists.
Guerschon Yabusele and Lu Wei also made big contributions for Shanghai coming off the bench. Yabusele totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals while Wei recorded 11 points on 3 for 5 shooting from the field, including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line.
Jeremy Pargo led the way for the Lions with 33 points on 14 for 25 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 13 from 3-point land to go along with a game-high 10 assists four rebounds and two steals.
He had plenty of help in the tough matchup as four other Leopards’ players reached double figures, including Maciej Lampe who had 13 points on 5 for 9 shooting while adding a game high 13 rebounds.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 40.2 points on 52.4 percent shooting from the field, including 45.9 percent from 3-point range. He is also chipping in with 6.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a battle with the Jilin Northeast Tigers on Wednesday. The Tigers are 3-3 on the season after a 115-102 loss to Liaoning Province on Sunday.
Leading the way for the Tigers are Jabari Brown and Malcolm Thomas. Brown is a former Missouri wing who has played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Coming off a 48-point performance, he leads the team in scoring at 38.5 points a game, to go along with 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Thomas is a San Diego State product who has played for parts of four NBA seasons with five different teams. He is averaging 20.2 points, 14.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists.