The Shanghai Sharks overcame a very slow start to knock off the Tianjin Gold Lions 123-112 on Tuesday night.
The Sharks struggled in the first quarter as they fell behind by double digits for the second game in a row before they were able to turn things around. The second quarter was better as shots began to fall, but they still couldn’t get a defensive stop and found themselves down by 15 at the intermission.
The second half was a different story entirely as the Sharks got it done on both ends of the floor as they outscored the Gold Lions 72-46, including 38-18 in the pivotal third period to turn the 15-point deficit into a five-point lead.
The American duo of Nick Minnerath and Jimmer Fredette carried the load for the Sharks offensively in the come from behind win.
Minnerath led the way with a game-high 42 points on the strength of a 9-for-17 shooting performance from beyond the arc while snaring nine rebounds in 32 minutes.
Fredette also had another solid outing as he totaled 25 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the floor, including three 3s while going 2 of 3 from the foul line. Fredette added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 39 minutes as the Sharks improved to 1-1 on the season.
Hanchen Luo and Hanlin Dong also had good showings for the second time in as many games for Shanghai. Luo finished with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field while Dong converted on all five of his field goal attempts to register 11 points in 23 minutes. He is now 12-for-12 from the floor to start the season.
Pooh Jeter paced the Gold Lions in the loss with 26 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with six assists and three rebounds while Elijah Holman chipped in with 24 points on 12-for-16 shooting while grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds (five on the offensive end), and recording three blocks in 36 minutes.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 31.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 45 percent from 3-point range and 83.3 percent from the foul line. He has also chipped in with 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 40.7 minutes.
Up next for Jimmer and the Sharks is their first home game as the undefeated Guangdong Southern Tigers come to town.
The Southern Tigers are led by a pair of former NBA vets in Jianlian Yi and Andrew Nicholson. Yi is averaging 30 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists to start the season while Nicholson is chipping in with 23.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists.