Published: March 4, 2018
Jimmer Fredette narrowly missed a huge triple-double as the Shanghai Sharks came away with a 104-95 road win over the Beijing Ducks on Sunday.
The former BYU guard finished with 28 points on the strength of 50 percent shooting from inside the arc and a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line. He also delivered a game-high 12 assists, grabbed nine rebounds and collected three steals in 46 minutes of work.
Fredette did most of his damage on the offensive end in the fourth quarter with 14 points as the Sharks outscored the Ducks 33-24 to take home the ever important road win.
He started the quarter by getting to the line and knocking down a pair of free throws to tie the game at 73. Moments later, Fredette tied the game with a lay up before pushing the Sharks ahead for good with a deep three.
Fredette added another three to extend the lead before playing the role of facilitator as the Sharks went on an 11-0 run to seal the game. During the key stretch, Jimmer handed out assists on three shots from beyond the arc and connected on two free throws as the lead ballooned to 13.
After the Ducks finally got back on the board to end the run, Fredette answered again as he scored his last bucket of the night, followed by another assist on a Zhang Zhaoxu dunk as Shanghai secured the 1-0 lead in the first round playoff series.
Nick Minnerath also had a big game for Shanghai in the game 1 win, totaling 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-9 from 3-point land. Lo Wei came up big from 3-point range as well as he connected on 5 of 7 attempts on his way to 19 points.
Former Lone Peak High School big man Justin Hamilton had a big night for the Ducks in the loss as he finished with 25 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in 40 minutes. Fang Shuo also made big contributions for the Ducks as he registered a team-best 27 points to go along with eight assists, four steals and three rebounds.
In just his second game on the floor since joining Beijing, Fredette’s former Sacramento teammate Marcus Thornton added nine points, seven assists and five rebounds in 20 minutes.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is on Wednesday night in Shanghai where the Sharks will get a shot to advance to the next round on their home floor.
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