By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 2, 2018
Jimmer Fredette produced one of the most impressive second-half performances you will ever see as the Shanghai Sharks came away with the key road win, knocking off the Beijing Ducks in overtime, 118-113 on Friday.
Fredette finished the night with a season-best 50 points on a 14-for-25 shooting from the field, including 8-for-13 from beyond the arc and 14-for-14 from the foul line. The former BYU standout added six rebounds and four assists and improved on his league-leading steals total with five more takeaways in 49 minutes of play.
Fredette was tame by his standards in the low-scoring first half, totaling just 10 points as the Sharks fell behind by a point.
But when the second half started, Jimmer caught fire, delivering 40 points as the Sharks escaped with the hard-fought win.
He opened the second stanza with a deep triple to tie the game at 47. He then connected on a pair of free throws before drilling another three followed by a left-wing jumper to tie the game back up.
Fredette then showed off his skills as a facilitator, finding teammates on back-to-back-to-back possessions as Shanghai opened up a five-point lead.
After do more damage at the line with four straight free-throws in the back-and-forth affair, Fredette showed that deep 3-point touch once again as spun away from a double team and banked in a deep triple at the buzzer to give Shanghai the three-point lead heading into the fourth.
He went to work with the dribble drive to start the final period as he got a steal and went coast to coast for a fastbreak lay-up. He followed that up by getting to the rim in traffic and finishing at the rim.
Trailing by a point, Fredette got to the paint and finished at the rim with the tough lay-up. After a Justin Hamilton basket put the Ducks back up a point, Fredette answered with huge 3-point shots on consecutive possessions to open up a three-point cushion.
But the Sharks couldn’t close the game out in regulation as Aaron Jackson connected on a three at the buzzer to push the game to overtime.
Despite a strong start from the Ducks in the extra session, they still had no answers for Fredette who scored the first six points for the Sharks to keep them within striking distance. Then he answered with the biggest play of the night, grabbing a defensive rebound and bringing it down the floor and drilling a massive three to even the score at 111.
Fredette then played the role of passer as he delivered a perfect pass for a lay-up to take the lead before icing the game away at the free-throw line.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared some great highlights of the performance.
Four other Sharks scored in double figures in the win, including Luis Scola who managed 16 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes. Tong Wang added 10 points and eight rebounds while Liang Cai chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out.
Aaron Jackson paced the Ducks in the loss with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while Justin Hamilton registered 28 points and eight boards.
Through six games, for the 5-1 Sharks, Fredette is averaging 37.8 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the floor, 46.4 percent from beyond the arc and still 100 percent from the foul line (49-for-49). He also chips in with 6.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.3 steals in 41.8 minutes a night.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a Sunday contest with the Shanxi Brave Dragons.