Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks got back in the win column and got a measure of revenge from an early season loss with a 104-87 win over the Beikong Fly Dragons on Friday.
Fredette led the way for Shanghai with 35 points on 13 for 31 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 12 from beyond the arc and 5 for 5 from the foul line. He added nine rebounds (four on the offensive end), and three assists in 35:45.
Guerschon Yabusele also had a big night for the Sharks as they improved to 30-7 on the season. He finished with 19 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the field and 5 for 7 from the free-throw line to go along with 10 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and a pair of steals in 33:31.
Errick McCollum paced the Fly Dragons offensive attack with 36 points on 10 for 26 shooting from the floor and 15 for 17 from the foul line while chipping in with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Esteban Batista added 15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Fly Dragons dropped to 9-28.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.3 points on 47.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range and 92.5 percent from the foul line. He also contributes 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 38.9 minutes.
Fredette and the Sharks have just one regular season game remaining – and it’s a big one – against the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The Lions are 29-8 on the year and tied for third place in the CBA standings.
They are led by Courtney Fortson and Elijah Holman. Fortson is averaging 28.5 points on 47 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 8.4 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals in 38.9 minutes while Holman adds 17.5 points on 63 percent shooting from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line. He also manages 9.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in 27.2 minutes.