By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 13, 2018
It was far from a 75-point night, but Jimmer Fredette still did some very impressive things on Tuesday as the Shanghai Sharks fell to the Shandong Golden Stars, 99-96.
The former BYU guard finished with a game-high 33 points on 10-for-26 shooting from the field and 10-for-11 from the foul line. He also chipped in with six rebounds, six assists and four steals in 44 minutes of work.
Fredette did most of his damage on the offensive end during the second half with 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor as the Sharks were able to turn a huge first half deficit into a nail bitter down the stretch.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared highlights of the game.
The only other player for the Sharks to reach double figures in the losing effort was Luis Scola who totaled 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field while connecting on both of his attempts from beyond the arc. He added eight rebounds and a pair of assists in 25 minutes of action.
Donatas Motiejunas delivered a monster double-double as he carried the offensive load for the Golden Stars in the home win, finishing with 32 points on 11-for-26 shooting from the field and 9-for-13 from the free-throw line. Where he was even better was on the backboards where he totaled 32 rebounds including five on the offensive end. The former Rockets’ big man also handed out six assists, collected two steals and blocked two shots in 46 minutes.
Fellow import, Andrew Goudelock chipped in with 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-8 from distance in 24 minutes off the bench while Jia Cheng also had a solid night for Shandong with 13 points, nine rebounds and three helpers in 28 minutes of work.
On the season, Fredette is fifth in the CBA in scoring, averaging 37.8 points a night on 52.3 percent shooting from the field, 47 percent from 3-point land and 96 percent from the charity stripe. He also contributes 5.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists (No. 11 in the CBA among qualified players) and is still first in the league with 3.9 steals in 41.2 minutes a contest. It is also important to note that he is third in overall effectiveness based on statistical analysis.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks in a match up with the Sichuan Blue Whales who have dropped four straight games and sit at 15th out of 20 teams in the standings with a 3-7 record.
While the Blue Whales are in a slump, they do have two very skilled players who can cause the Sharks some problems in former NBA players Jamaal Franklin and Jason Thompson. Franklin is off to a terrific start averaging 38.9 points a night to go along with 9.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.3 steals while Thompson is putting up 22.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
In other Fredette news, the Cougar legend earned Asia-Basket.com’s Chinese Player of the Week for round 10 after he dropped a career-high 75 points while adding eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a heartbreaking loss to the Fly Dragons.
It is the first player of the week award for Fredette this season.