When Former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is locked in from the outside there is really nothing anyone can do to stop him.
That happened for the second game in a row on Wednesday as Fredette was deadly from beyond the 3-point line as the Shanghai Sharks won 114-105 over the Sichuan Blue Whales.
As good as he was in Sunday’s home win, Fredette was even better against Sichuan as he hit the 50-point mark for the first time this season as he finished with 50 points on 16-for-33 shooting from the floor, including an impressive 10-for-20 from 3-point land and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. Fredette didn’t just play the role of scorer either as he narrowly missed a triple-double with 10 rebounds and a game-high nine assists. He also added a game-best three steals in 45 minutes as the Sharks improved to 3-2 on the season.
The Sharks also got big outings from Nick Minnerath and Zhaoxu Zhang in the win. Minnerath finished with 21 points on 50 percent shooting from inside the arc with 11 rebounds while Zhang had a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 boards.
The only other person to reach the double-figure scoring mark for Shanghai was Hanchen Lou who had 13 points in 36 minutes.
Da Meng and Jamaal Franklin led the way for the Blue Whales in the loss. Meng totaled 30 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field, including 6-for-10 from deep while Franklin chipped in with 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Hamed Haddadi had a monster night on the glass with 20 rebounds, to go along with 10 points and five assists for the Blue Whales who dropped to 0-5 on the season.
Through five games, Fredette is third in a league in scoring with 38.6 points per game on 43 percent shooting from inside the arc, 45.3 percent from 3-point land and 90 percent from the free-throw line. His 3-point shooting has been the key in his fantastic performances of late as he is leading the league with 6.8 3-pointers a game. He is also among the league leaders in steals, coming in at No. 8 with 2.4 a game while coming in at No. 11 in assists with 5.4 a night. Fredette had been making strong contributions on the backboards as well averaging 6.2 rebounds in 41.7 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a return home to face off with the Beikong Fly Dragons who are 3-2 on the season after a 109-101 win over Shanxi.
The Fly Dragons are led by Shavlik Randolph and Stephon Marbury. Randolph is averaging 23.4 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists while Marbury is putting up 16.8 points to go along with 7.2 assists and 6.4 rebounds in 37.2 minutes a game.