By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 23, 2018
Jimmer Fredette continues to put up big numbers as the Shanghai Sharks pile up wins. Friday was no different for the former BYU star who delivered another impressive showing as the Sharks knocked off the Qingdao Eagles, 114-107.
Fredette finished with a team-best 34 points on 11-for-23 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-12 from beyond the arc and 6-for-7 from the foul line. He also showed off his ability as a distributor totaling a game-high eight assists to go along with four boards and a pair of steals in 45 minutes.
Jimmer did almost all his damage in the second half with 25 of his 34 points as the Sharks outlasted the talented Eagles. He was especially good during a stretch in the third period when he connected on three triples in the span of six possessions to turn a tie game into an eight-point lead.
Fredette also found the range from deep multiple times in the fourth as he connected on two more threes as the Sharks came away with their fourth straight win to improve to 11-4.
Jimmer had plenty of help in the road win as four other Sharks scored in double figures, including guard Luo Hanchen who totaled 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field in a season-high 31 minutes. Liu Wei also came through off the bench with 13 points and four helpers.
Shanghai got some strong inside play as well as Luis Scola registered 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Zhang Zhaoxu added 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Jonathan Gibson answered with a monster night for the Eagles, recording a game-high 47 points on 18-for-31 shooting while adding 11 rebounds and four assists. Dakari Johnson chipped in with 20 points on 50 percent shooting to go along with 12 rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes as Qingdao dropped its third game in four tries.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 38 points a night on 51.6 percent shooting, 46.7 percent from 3-point land and 95.1 percent from the foul line. He also contributes 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 3.5 steals in 41.4 minutes.
Fredette and the Sharks now have a two-week break before they face off with the league-leading Guangdong Southern Tigers who have started off the season winning their first 15 games.
The Southern Tigers are led by a trio of former NBA players in Sonny Weems, Yi JianLian and Malcolm Delaney. Weems is averaging 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists while Delaney puts up 20 points, 5.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds. As for Yi, he is still putting up big numbers himself with 22.5 points and 9.8 rebounds a night.