Published: January 9, 2018
Jimmer Fredette had what could only be described as another epic second-half performance, but it wasn’t enough as the Shanghai Sharks fell to Darius Adams and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 123-116 on Tuesday.
Fredette went off for 36 points in the second half, including 23 of Shanghai’s 29 fourth-quarter points to finish the night with his seventh 50-point game of the season. All told, he shot 17-for-31 from the field, including 8-for-16 from 3-point land and 8-for-8 from the foul line. The former BYU standout added six rebounds and five assists while playing 46 minutes.
Trailing by the score of 57-56 after a 14-point first half, Fredette caught fire in the second as he tried to help the Sharks keep pace with the hot shooting Tigers.
Xinjiang had no answers defensively for Fredette who connected from inside and out as he carried the Sharks offense. But his heroics weren’t enough for the Shanghai to keep up as Darius Adams and the Flying Tigers who scorched the nets from inside the arc to come away with the win.
Adams totaled a team-high 37 points while shooting 9-for-11 from 2-point range. He also created a ton of easy buckets as he handed out 11 assists to help Xinjiang shoot 35 of 48 from 2-point land.
Adams had plenty of help in the win as four other Tigers scored in double figures including Augusto Lima who managed 23 points on 11-for-13 shooting from the floor. Gen Li also had a strong shooting night as he totaled 23 points on 6 of 11 from 3-point land.
Nick Minnerath and Zhai Yi were the only other Sharks to score in double figures in the setback. Minnerath totaled 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-6 from distance while Yi connected on all five of his field goal attempts to finish with 10 points.
With the loss, the Sharks fall to 12-14 heading into the All-Star break. They have 12 games left in the regular season to make a final push for the playoffs.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 37.7 points on 45 percent shooting from inside the arc, 43 percent from 3-point range and 96.1 percent from the foul line. He is also averaging 6.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 40.7 minutes.
In other Fredette news, the CBA announced on Tuesday that the Sharks’ star earned his second trip in a row to the All-Star game. He is one of three imports on the South team along with former NBA player MarShon Brooks and Courtney Fortson.
Some familiar faces on the North squad include former NBA players Luis Scola and Shavlik Randolph.
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