By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 3, 2018
While his name was in the news in America because of comments made on a podcast, Jimmer Fredette was letting his game do the talking in China.
The former BYU star guard delivered a fine performance on Wednesday in the preseason opener for the Shanghai Sharks who fell short against the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, 94-90.
After a slow start, Fredette got into a groove in the second half and carried the Sharks back from a double-digit deficit to take the lead. He finished the night as the game’s leading scorer with 24 points while new addition, Luis Scola chipped in with 17 points of his own.
Fredette did most of his damage on the offensive end in the second half, scoring 17 of his 24 points after the break, including a ridiculous baseline drive where he spun out of a double-team before knocking down the fadeaway jumper to give Shanghai a 82-81 lead.
Courtney Fortson paced the Lions in the win, registering 22 points for the 2017-18 league runner-up.
Collinsworth starts for Raptors against Jazz
Kyle Collinsworth returned to Utah on Tuesday night and got the start for the Toronto Raptors – to the surprise of many in the social media world – in a 105-90 loss to the Utah Jazz.
The NCAA’s all-time triple-double leader went scoreless in 11 minutes of action in his action with the Raptors, but did manage two rebounds, a team-high two steals and an assist in 11 minutes of work.
The Raptors will be back in action on Friday when Australia’s Melbourne United pay them a visit.
Carlino provides scoring punch in big win
Matt Carlino continued his strong play off the bench as Chorale Roanne improved to 3-0 in Leaders Cup with a 74-72 win over Vichy-Clermont. He finished second on the team in scoring in the come-from-behind win, recording 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor. He also chipped in with three rebounds and two assists in 25:16 on the floor.
Through three games in Group C of Leaders Cup, Carlino is averaging 17 points on 51.4 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23 minutes.
Davies has tremendous shooting night in Lithuanian League win
Brandon Davies had another productive game in limited minutes as Zalgiris Kaunas improved to 4-0 on the LKL season with a 81-68 win over Nevezis on Wednesday. He was one of two players to score in double figures for the balanced offensive attack, finishing with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor. He also totaled a team-best seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 16:17 on the floor.
In four Lithuanian League games, Davies is putting up 12.8 points on 51.7 percent shooting to go along with 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 17:47.