By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 18, 2018
Jimmer Fredette continued his remarkable stretch of play as the Shanghai Sharks overcame a slow start to knock off the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, 105-95.
The former BYU guard had another strong shooting night in the win, finishing with a game-best 41 points on 15-for-29 shooting from the field, including 6-for-13 from beyond the arc and 5-for-5 from the foul line. He also chipped in with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in 40 minutes on the court.
Fredette really got things going on the offensive end with the Sharks trailing midway through the second quarter. He started from the outside with a pair of triples to give Shanghai the lead.
The Flying Tigers answered right back with big baskets from Darius Adams and Nick Minnerath before Fredette drilled another 3-point shot from the left wing to give the Sharks the advantage again. After a defensive stop, he pushed the lead up to four with a lay up before adding another bucket to close out the half.
Fredette stayed in attack mode during the third quarter, scoring 11 points on an assortment of lay-ups, short shots and free throws as Shanghai opened up a 16-point lead.
The Flying Tigers made a run of their own to close the gap to five before Fredette put the game away with some amazing outside shooting, including a stretch where he drilled back-to-back threes to push the lead back to 11. Following a quick spurt by Xinjiang to make it a 6-point game, Fredette found the range from distance again as he knocked down a left-wing three to put the game out of reach.
The former BYU star wasn’t done as he delivered another 3-point play for the Sharks’ final points of the night before taking a seat during the game’s final seconds.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared highlights of the game.
Fredette had plenty of help in the win as four other Sharks scored at least 13 points, including Luis Scola who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Zhang Zhaoxu also produced a big night on the inside with 14 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks while Cai Liang chipped in with 13 points and seven boards.
Adams led the way for the Flying Tigers with 36 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Nick Minnerath added 25 points and six rebounds in his first game against his former team.
On the season, Fredette is fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 37.9 points a game on 52.7 percent shooting from the floor, 46.9 percent from 3-point land and 96 percent from the foul line. He also contributes 6.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and a league-leading 3.8 steals in 41.2 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a Tuesday night battle with the Tianjin Gold Lions who are just 2-11 on the season thanks to a six-game losing streak.