All it took for the Shanghai Sharks to snap their four-game losing streak was a another 50-point game from Jimmer Fredette who hit the half-century mark for the fifth time on the season as the Sharks came from behind to beat the Jilin Northeast Tigers 114-110.
The former BYU guard totaled 50 points on 13-for-26 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-9 from beyond the and a perfect 19-for-19 from the foul line. He added 12 rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal in 42 minutes as the Shanghai improved to 7-7 on the season.
After scoring 29 points through three quarters, Fredette went off in the fourth as he scored 21 of the Sharks’ 28 points to secure the win. He started things out in the final period with an amazing shooting display from beyond the arc where he connected on three straight threes as the Sharks erased a seven-point deficit to tie the game at 95.
He did the rest of his damage in the closing minutes at the rim and from the free-throw line as he converted on two lay-ups and all eight of his foul shots.
Nick Minnerath provided plenty of help as finished with 33 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the field, including 4 of 10 from distance and 9-for-9 from the charity stripe. Hanchen Luo also had a big game for the Sharks with 17 points on 80 percent shooting from the floor in 44 minutes.
Jinming Cui paced the Tigers with 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting while Carl Landry added 21 points and six rebounds. Jilin also got some big bench performances as Von Wafer registered 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Huaibo Dai also reached the 20 point-mark on 7-for-7 shooting from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.
On the season, Fredette is averaging a league-best 41 points on 45 percent shooting from inside the arc, 47 percent from 3-point land and 96 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 7.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals in 14 games.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a return home to face off with the Jiangsu Tongxi Monkey Kings who are also 7-7 on the season after a 16-point loss to the Dragons on the weekend.
The Monkey Kings are led by J.J. Hickson and Dominique Jones. Hickson is averaging 27 points and 13 rebounds while Jones puts up 28.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
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