Published: February 11, 2018
Jimmer Fredette had a huge all-around performance as the Shanghai Sharks secured the last playoff spot with a 114-100 win over the Qingdao Eagles on Sunday.
The former BYU standout finished with 49 points on 17-for-32 shooting from the floor, including 9-for-19 from beyond and the arc and 6-for-6 from the foul line. He added five assists, five steals and four rebounds in 44 minutes of work.
Fredette caught fire from the tip as the Sharks raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in the playoff-clinching win.
He started things off by getting the friendly bounce for a transition three.
After an assist on the next Sharks’ basket, Fredette connected from the outside again to extend the lead to nine.
Following a defensive stop, he scored from the inside with the tough finish off the dribble.
After back-to-back Eagles’ buckets cut the Sharks’ lead to seven, Fredette drilled another three from the top of the key to push the lead back to 10.
Fredette totaled 11 more points in the second quarter as Shanghai opened up a 54-39 lead at the half.
After a layup, he drilled another thee from the right-wing before adding a pretty move on the baseline where he gave a half spin move before stepping under the defender to finish with the scoop layup.
He got to the basket one more time in the final minute of the half where he finished with the finger roll.
As good as Fredette was to end the second quarter, he was even better in the third. He hit three straight triples in the opening minutes, including two from the top of the key.
He then got to the basket on two of the next three possessions as the Sharks extended their lead to 21.
He wasn’t done showing off his marksmanship from the outside though as he hit another deep left-wing three off the dribble early in the fourth.
He finished off his scoring day with a couple of baskets in the lane and some free throws as the Sharks closed out the win.
Fredette got plenty of help from Luo Hanchen who totaled 27 points on 10-for-11 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 5-for-5 from deep.
Nick Minnerath also came up big with 18 points and 15 rebounds as Shanghai improved to 20-18 on the season.
Jonathan Gibson carried the scoring load for the Eagles finishing with 33 points on 12-for-25 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the line. James Mays also had a solid night with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
On the season, Fredette averaged 37.4 points a game on 48 percent shooting from inside the arc, 42 percent from 3-point land and 95 percent from the foul line. He also contributed 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 41 minutes.
With the win by Shanghai coupled with a 126-94 loss by the Zhejiang Golden Bulls to Xinjiang, the Sharks earned the 10th and final spot in the playoffs where they will face off with the No. 7 seed Beijing Ducks.
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