Despite some remarkable shooting by Jimmer Fredette from 3-point range and at the free-throw line, the Shanghai Sharks fell to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 108-92 on Tuesday.
Fredette carried the Sharks on the offensive end for the second consecutive game during the road setback, finishing with a game-high 31 points on the strength of a 5-for-7 shooting night from beyond the arc and a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. The former BYU guard also contributed five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 38 minutes of work.
The Sharks really had a nice showing on the glass in the loss, winning the battle of the boards 45-35, but had a difficult time keeping up with the excellent passing of the Lions who handed out 26 assists on 42 made field goals.
On the other end of the floor, Shanghai really struggled to hold on to the ball, committing 23 turnovers which led to far too many easy buckets for Guangsha.
Courtney Fortson paced the Lions in the win with 29 points, 14 assists and five rebounds while Hu Jinqiu added 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 45 minutes on the floor.
For the Sharks, Cai Liang registered 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor and 5-for-6 from the line while Liu Wei chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds and three helpers.
As for fellow import, Luis Scola, he managed just eight points on 4-for-10 shooting from the floor (0-for-2 from 3-point range), but did register a game-high 12 rebounds, while handing out three assists and blocking a pair of shots. Shanghai also got some solid inside play from Dong Qilin who totaled eight points on 80 percent shooting with 10 rebounds and three steals.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 34.5 points a night on 53.3 percent shooting from the floor, 57.1 percent from 3-point land and 100 percent from the charity stripe. He also chips in with 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals in 36.5 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a two-game home stand that starts on Thursday with a match-up against the defending champion, Liaoning Flying Leopards. The Leopards are 2-0 on the young season with wins over the Shandong Golden Stars and the Shanxi Brave Dragons. Two big names for the Leopards are imports Lester Hudson and Brandon Bass. Bass leads the way with 24 points a game on 53 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 9.0 rebounds while Hudson is putting up 24 points a night on 59 percent shooting from distance. He also contributes 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 32.5 minutes.