Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks had a tough shooting night from inside the arc as they fell to the Beijing Ducks 108-98 on Wednesday.
The Sharks won the battle of the backboards and shot the ball well from 3-point range and the free-throw line, but made just 25 of 57 attempts from inside the arc as they suffered their first loss in their last five games.
Fredette led the way for Shanghai will 25 points on 7-for-22 shooting from the field, including 4-for-7 from 3-point land and a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line. He narrowly missed a double-double as he grabbed nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end while adding team highs of six assists and three steals in 38 minutes.
Former Lone Peak High School product Justin Hamilton led the way for the Ducks in the hard-fought win with 28 points on 13-for-22 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. He got plenty of help from Aaron Jackson who chipped in with 22 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in 29 minutes.
Nick Minnerath added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Sharks who missed out on their chance to earn a tie for first place in the standings with the road setback.
On the season, Fredette is second in the league in scoring averaging 38.4 points a game on the strength of 46 percent shooting from 3-point land and 92 percent from the foul line. He also contributes 7.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.0 steals in 42 minutes a game.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a another road matchup with the Bayi Rockets on Friday before they have two weeks off for the FIBA World Cup qualifier window. The Rockets are winless in eight games to start the season.
In other news, Fredette won the Asia-basket.com Player of the Week for Round 6 after his dominating triple-double performance in which he finished with 54 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Sharks outlasted the Beikong Fly Dragons 123-119 in overtime.
Here are highlights from that remarkable performance.
It is another in a long list of honors for Fredette who was the CBA’s International MVP during his first season.
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Video credit: SPNJRT – The Lonely Master Highlights