Published: December 26, 2017
The Shanghai Sharks started out the second half the season the same way they started out the year, with a loss at the hands of the Guangzhou Long-Lions.
This time around the Long-Lions used a huge night from Semaj Christon to hold off the Sharks 118-114 in overtime.
Christon finished with a game-high 45 points on 16-for-31 shooting from the floor and 13-for-16 from the foul line. He added seven assists and five rebounds while playing 51 of 53 possible minutes.
He also had plenty of help as Tyler Hansbrough totaled a double-double with 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting with 11 rebounds in just 25 minutes. Sani Sakakini contributed in a big way as well with 17 points and 18 boards as the Long-Lions came away with the important road win.
Jimmer Fredette answered with 31 points on 9-for-23 shooting from the floor and 10-for-11 from the foul line. He added four rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal in 39 minutes.
The Sharks also got a huge day from Nick Minnerath but it wasn’t enough to get the win. He managed 32 points on 7-for-23 shooting from the field and 14-for-14 from the foul line to go along with 11 rebounds and a block in 37 minutes.
With the loss, the Shanghai Sharks are now 9-11 and sit in a tie for 12th place in the 20 team league.
Through 20 games, Fredette is second in the league in scoring with 37.9 points a night on 44 percent shooting from inside the arc, 44 percent from 3-point range and 96 percent at the charity stripe. He also chips in with 6.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.1 steals in 40.9 minutes.
Up nest for Fredette and the Sharks is a Wednesday night matchup with the Tiajin Gold Lions who are 4-16 on the season. They are led by the American duo of Pooh Jeter and Elijah Holman.
Jeter is coming off a 49-point performance where he connected on 15 of 22 shots from the floor and all 13 of his free throws. He is averaging 27.4 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in his sixth season in the CBA.
Holman is also putting up big numbers with 25.6 points on 66 percent shooting while adding 14.1 rebounds, but did miss the Gold Lions’ last game.