By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 31, 2018
Jimmer Fredette produced his biggest scoring night of the CBA season as the Shanghai Sharks improved to 4-1 with a 117-103 win over the Jiangsu Dragons on Wednesday.
The former BYU standout carried the Sharks on the offensive end in the victory with a game-high 39 points on 14-for-26 shooting from the field, including 4-for-9 from distance and 7-for-7 from the foul line. It wasn’t a one-dimensional performance for Fredette either as he also totaled seven rebounds, four assists and a career-high seven steals in 43 minutes of work.
After scoring 13 points in the first half, Fredette went off in the third quarter, scoring 16 points including a pair of huge 3-point shots in the back-and-forth affair. He added 10 more in the fourth as the Sharks outscored the Dragons 27-14 to secure the win.
TheJimmerWatch YouTube channel shared some great highlights of the performance.
Fredette had plenty of help in the win as three other Shanghai players scored in double figures paced by Luis Scola who came off the bench to contribute 20 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes. Zhang Zhaoxu also had a big night in the paint with 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line while adding eight rebounds. Dong Qilin made his presence felt on the inside as well, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds on a night where the Sharks dominated the backboards including a 14-4 advantage on the offensive end.
Shanghai also got some solid play on the outside from Liu Wei who registered 12 points, seven assist and four rebounds while Luo Xudong chipped in with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go along with three steals, two assists and two rebounds.
Connecticut product Jerome Dyson led the way for the Dragons in the loss with 27 points, five rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes while Miroslav Radujica contributed with a monster double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 35.4 points a contest on 50.8 percent shooting from the floor, 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the charity stripe (an astounding 35-for-35). He also chips in with 6.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 4.2 steals in 40.4 minutes of action.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a rematch of last season’s first-round playoff series against the struggling Beijing Ducks who have dropped their last two games to fall a game below the .500 mark.
The Ducks are led by a familiar face to many Utah basketball fans in former Lone Peak High School big man, Justin Hamilton who is averaging 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 1.8 assists in 36.4 minutes a night. Another name to keep an eye on is Aaron Jackson who is putting up some nice early numbers with 21.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 34.2 minutes.