By: Jay Yeomans
Published: December 6, 2018
Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks had a really rough night in their return to action on Thursday as they got destroyed by the league-leading Guangdong Southern Tigers, 138-101.
Fredette had a difficult time finding his outside stroke against the loaded Guangdong roster and finished with a season-low 16 points on 4-for-20 shooting from the field, including just 1-for-11 from distance, but did manage to make all seven of his free throws. He added four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes on the floor.
The Sharks kept pace during the first quarter before the Southern Tigers got going and blew the game wide open. Most of the damage was done in the second as the Tigers doubled up the Sharks, 44-22, to take a 19-point lead into the halftime break.
The third quarter wasn’t much better for the Sharks who got outscored 37-26 to turn the highly anticipated game into a one-sided affair.
Louis Scola led the way for the Sharks in the loss with 34 points and 11 rebounds while Wang Wei added 16 points and five rebounds.
The Southern Tigers got a very balanced offensive effort to win their 16th straight game as five players scored at least 19 points. Former Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney was the catalyst with 29 points while Zhou Peng, Yi Jianlian and Sonny Weems all registered double-doubles.
Fredette and the Sharks don’t have long to think about the tough loss as they are back on the floor on Saturday to square off with the second-place Zhejiang Guangsha Lions who have won 13 of their first 15 games to start the season.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.6 points a night on 50 percent shooting from the field, 44.2 percent from 3-point range and 95.4 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 5.9 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals in 40.8 minutes.
Kyle Collinsworth and his Raptors 905 teammates had better luck as they outlasted the Iowa Energy 106-88 on Wednesday. In the win, the former BYU combo guard totaled 14 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field. He added seven rebounds (three on the offensive end), two assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes.
Through eight games, Collinsworth is averaging 10.8 points on 50.7 percent shooting from the field with 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks in 30.4 minutes.
Brandon Davies had another strong showing in EuroLeague play on Thrsday as Zalgiris Kaunas came away with an 83-75 win over Olympiacos Piraeus. The former Cougar big man finished with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He also chipped in with three rebounds, three assists and a block in of play.
On the EuroLeague season, Davies is averaging 15.4 points a game on 56.7 percent shooting to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 25:30.
Jordan Chatman showed off his remarkable shooting touch on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to come out with a win as Boston College fell to the Providence Friars, 100-95 in overtime. The former BYU guard had his best offensive showing of the young season, finishing with a game-high 28 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point land and a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe in 44 minutes.
It was the third 20-point game of the season for Chatman who is averaging 13.9 points a game with 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 36.6 minutes.