Archive for January 5, 2017

The Shanghai Sharks fell in heartbreaking fashion as Leopards guard Jermey Pargo connected on a jumper with less than a second ago to push Shenzhen to the 103-101 win on Wednesday.

It was the Sharks second straight loss after dropping just two games in their 23 games.

Pargo led the way for the Leopards who improved to 17-8 on the season with 31 points on 10 for 22 shooting from the floor and 10 for 13 from the foul line with eight rebounds and three assists in 44 minutes.

Muhao Li added 22 points and six rebounds while Former NBA big man Maciej Lampe totaled 15 points and seven boards.

Fredette led the Sharks in scoring with 30 points on 10 for 25 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 9 from beyond the arc and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and four assists in 35:42 of action.

Guerschon Yabusele also put up some big numbers with 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field while adding a game-high 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.

With the loss, the Sharks are now in a tie for first place with the Guandong Southern Tigers who beat Fujian 123-113.

Heading into the all-star break, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 38.4 points on 49.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 92.7 percent from the free-throw line. He also averages 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals.

Following the all-star break, Fredette and the Sharks will square off against the Jilin Northeast Tigers on Wednesday. The Tigers are just 11-14 on the season, but did beat the Sharks 104-103 when the two teams met in November.

Some players to watch for the Tigers are Malcolm Thomas and Jabari Brown. Thomas is averaging 21.6 points, a league-leading 17.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while Brown contributes 31.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

 

It has been a very eventful season for the former Cougars playing basketball around the globe. While some have been putting up good numbers, others have struggled with finding consistent minutes to produce.

Here is a look at where the former Cougars are playing around the world and how they have performed so far.

Charles Abouo, Denain (France-ProB)

Abouo has had a solid season in his first year in France. One of his best performances came in an 85-75 win over Vichy Clermont, when he totaled 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 7 from beyond the arc with eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

In 13 games, he is averaging 9.6 points on 50.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 50 percent from 3-point range with 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 18.8 minutes.

Agustin Ambrosino, Gandia (Spain-LEB Silver)

Ambrosino has made some nice contributions playing in Spain. One of his best recent showings came in an 82-63 loss to Lucentum when he recorded 12 points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc with a team-high eight rebounds and a pair of steals in 23 minutes.

On the season, he has played 14 games and is averaging 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 24.1 minutes.

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Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked all 40 bowl games and the games the Utah Utes and BYU Cougars played in both made an impression.

The Poinsettia Bowl, in which the Cougars knocked off the Wyoming Cowboys 24-21, was ranked No. 11.

Speaking of the close finish, he wrote, “There is a law in college football that BYU can only play in close games. I’m grateful it exists, and I was grateful for this game.”

The Utes’ 26-24 win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Foster Farms Bowl landed at No. 9 on the list.

Discussing the Utah win, he wrote, “I didn’t have high hopes for this one before the games started, and that was a result of my own stupidity. All Indiana games are crazy. It doesn’t matter who it’s playing, or where. Things are going to be hectic, and this game was in the right ways.”

The 52-49 Rose Bowl thriller between Penn State and USC came in at No. 1.

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