The Shanghai Sharks used a fantastic defensive effort to come away with a 94-78 win over the Shandong Golden Stars on the road on Friday night.
The Sharks held the Golden Stars to just 29 percent shooting from beyond the arc while limiting them to just 26 first half points.
Jimmer Fredette led the way for Shanghai with 28 points on 11 for 29 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 11 from 3-point range and 2 for 2 from the foul line. He also contributed seven rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists in 40:54.
Jimmer got thing going early in the first quarter with a step-through midrange jumper from the left baseline before drilling a transition three as the Sharks got out to a 10-2 cushion in the first.
He added eight points in the second, including a pair of 3-pointers and a driving floater to give him 13 in the first half.
He contributed seven more points in the third on a left wing three, a steal for a fastbreak lay-up and a pair of free throws.
Fredette started out his fourth quarter scoring with a sweet backdoor cut for an easy lay-up, followed by a tough runner and a little scoop shot from in the lane. He finished out his scoring with a pull-up on the right side from just inside the 3-point line.
Guerschon Yabusele also had a big night with 23 points on 9 for 16 shooting with 12 rebounds while Zhang ZhaoXu added 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Sharks improved to 28-6 on the season.
Justin Dentmon paced the Golden Stars with 15 points while Jason Thompson totaled 14 points and 20 rebounds.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.2 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 93.1 percent from the charity stripe. He is also contributing 8.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 38.9 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a match-up with the Tianjin Gold Lions on Sunday. The Gold Lions are 17-17 on the season and just two games out of the last playoff spot with just four games to go in the regular season.
Some players to watch are Eugene “Pooh” Jeter and Jeremy Tyler. Jeter is a having a big season, averaging 27.8 points on 56 percent shooting from inside the arc, 40 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent from the foul line while adding 7.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 40.1 minutes.
Tyler is also putting up some impressive numbers as he is averaging 20.5 points on 56 percent shooting from 2-point range to go along with 9.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in just 27 minutes a night in his third season playing in the CBA.
Another key player for Tianjin is Sani Sakakini who is averaging 24.1 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 40.6 minutes a night.