By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 20, 2018
Jimmer Fredette delivered another huge outing on Tuesday as the Shanghai Sharks took care of the feisty Tianjin Gold Lions, 118-115.
The former BYU guard finished the night with a game-high 43 (his third highest scoring total of the season), on 12-for-28 shooting for the floor, 5-for-12 from beyond the arc and 14-for-15 from the foul line. He also chipped in with six assists, five rebounds, a steal and a block in 41 minutes of work.
Fredette did most of his damage in the second half with 27 of his 43 points, including an especially clutch performance down the stretch as the Sharks held on for their third win in a row to improve to 10-4 on the season.
With the game tied at 99 in the fourth quarter, Jimmer went to work, connecting on a 3-point shot to give the Sharks the lead. After a 6-0 run by the Gold Lions swung the momentum, Fredette answered back with a 3-point play to tie the game at 105.
Fredette was far from done as he continued to make big plays in crunch time.
Trailing by a point in the final minutes, Fredette went on a personal 5-0 run to give the Sharks a lead they would not relinquish. First he put the ball on the floor and got to the paint where he finished at the rim to retake the lead. Following a stop on the defensive end, he showed off the range with a dagger three to put the game out of reach.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared highlights of the game.
Luis Scola also had a big game for Shanghai in the victory, finishing with 28 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 9-for-12 from the foul line. He added a team-high 11 rebounds and handed out five assists in 29 minutes.
Lu Wei played an important role for the Sharks as well with 14 points and three steals while Luo Xudong added seven points, 11 assists and four steals.
Taylor Rochestie led the way for the Gold Lions in the loss, registering 29 points, 12 assists and four rebounds while Cole Aldrich added 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.
On the season, Fredette in now tied for third in the league in scoring with 38.3 points a night on 51.9 percent shooting from the floor, 46.4 percent from 3-point land and 95.7 percent from the charity stripe. He also contributes 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and a league-best (by a large margin) 3.6 steals in 41.1 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a Friday matchup with the Qingdao Eagles before a two-week break. The Eagles are just 4-9 through their first 13 games but do have some talented scorers in Jonathan Gibson and former Kentucky big man, Dakari Johnson. Gibson is averaging 37.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists while Johnson has been putting up 24.2 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34.4 minutes.