Published: February 1, 2018
Jimmer Fredette had one of his best shooting nights of the season as the Shanghai Sharks knocked off the Jiangsu Tongxi Monkey Kings 118-105 on Thursday night.
The former BYU guard totaled 48 points on 19-for-30 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-11 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the foul line. He added eight assists, a pair of steals and a rebound in 44 minutes on the floor.
Fredette got thing working early as he scored 15 first-quarter points to give the Sharks a six-point lead after one. That including a stretch where he scored from inside and out as Shanghai went on a 7-0 run to take the lead.
He first came off a screen to drill a three from the top of the key. He then added a one-handed scoop in the lane over the outstretched hand of J.J. Hickson.
Fredette added 10 more points in the second quarter, including a deep three in transition that put the Sharks up 10.
Fredette followed that up with a floater in the lane in the close minute of the quarter to cap off a 25-point first half.
The former NCAA national player of the year continued his scoring barrage in the second half as he added 23 more points.
Most of that damage came in the fourth quarter as he continually got to the basket for layups in transition and also in the halfcourt offensive. He also connected on a couple of runners in the lane and drilled a left-wing three.
The Bird N highlight YouTube channel shared full highlights of the game.
Nick Minnerath and Dong Hanlin also made important contributions as the Sharks improved to 18-16 on the season. Minnerath finished with 27 points and five rebounds while Hanlin came away with 19 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench.
Hickson carried the load for the Monkey Kings in the loss as he totaled 40 points on 17-for-32 shooting from the floor to go along with 25 rebounds (12 on the offensive end).
Mohammad Bahrami chipped in with 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as the Monkey Kings dropped to 15-19 on the season.
Through 34 games, Fredette is second in the league in scoring averaging 37.9 points a game on 48 percent shooting inside the arc, 42 percent from 3-point land and 96 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 41.1 minutes a contest.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a Sunday matchup with the Liaoning Flying Leopards. The Flying Leopards are second in the league standings with a 25-8 record with a game in hand against Qingdao before they play the Sharks.
The Flying Leopards are led by the Lester Hudson and Brandon Bass. Hudson is averaging 24.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists while Bass is 23 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.6 helpers a night.
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