By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 8, 2018
Jimmer Fredette shot the lights out as the Shanghai Sharks overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to knock off the Tianjin Gold Lions, 123-110.
The former BYU guard went off for 38 points on 14-for-23 shooting from the floor including a blistering 7-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc and 3-for-4 from the foul line. He added five assists, two rebounds and four more steals in 39 minutes of work.
Fredette really got things going late in the second quarter, scoring 10 of the Sharks’ last 15 points to cut the halftime deficit to just a point.
He was even better in the third as Shanghai used a 40-point quarter to blow the game wide open.
Fredette started the second half out with a left-wing three to give the Sharks the lead before the Gold Lions went on a 10-0 run to regain control.
That is when Jimmer and the Sharks took over.
They closed out the quarter on a 37-13 run to open up a 16-point lead of their own. Fredette was key during the game-changing stretch with 13 points, including three huge threes and a steal that he turned into a fastbreak lay-up.
After taking a break through the early part of the fourth, Fredette added five more points in the final quarter, including another deep triple as the Sharks finished off the Gold Lions.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared highlights of the game.
The Sharks also got some other impressive offensive performances in the big win as they moved to 7-2 on the season. Luis Scola went off for 30 points on 13-for-25 shooting from the floor to go along with 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 31 minutes. Zhang Zhaoxu was also a monster on the inside, putting up a double-double of his own with 24 points and 11 rebounds (seven on the offensive end) while swatting away three shots.
Cai Liang also reached double figures with 13 points on 50 percent shooting while Dong Qilin chipped in with 11 points and seven boards.
Taylor Rochestie paced the Gold Lions in the loss with 22 points, 14 assists and five rebounds while Cole Aldrich added 21 points, 16 rebounds and three steals in just 26 minutes.
On the season, Fredette is sixth in the CBA in scoring averaging 34.2 points a game on 51 percent shooting from the field, 46.9 percent from three-point land and 96.8 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and a league-leading 3.9 steals in 40.7 minutes a game.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a match up with the Beijing Fly Dragons on Sunday.
Despite a 2-6 record, the Fly Dragons cannot be overlooked thanks to some remarkable play from lightning quick guard Pierre Jackson who leads the league in scoring with 44 points a game while handing out 8.9 assists. He has some inside help as well from former NBA player Shavlik Randolph who is averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.