By: Jay Yeomans
Published: December 11, 2018
Jimmer Fredette delivered another fantastic performance as the Shanghai Sharks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 90-67 win over the Zhejiang Golden Bulls on Tuesday.
The former BYU guard shot lights out from all over the floor connecting on 16 of 24 shots from the floor, including 6-for-11 from 3-point land and 3-for-3 from the foul line on his way to a game-high 41 points. He was also impressive in other areas of the game, contributing a game-best seven assists and six rebounds while tying a season high with six steals in 41 minutes.
Fredette got to work early as he registered eight first-quarter points, including a pair of triples as Sharks jumped out to a 17-13 lead. He was even better in the second quarter with 11 more points, including the last seven points for Shanghai to turn a tie game into a five-point lead.
Jimmer added three more baskets in the third, before completely taking over in the fourth quarter to propel the Sharks to the win. He started things out with a 3-point play before showing off his ridiculous range with a deep three. Fredette then found some space on the perimeter and connected on another deep triple to push the lead to 13.
He then showed off his skills on the defense end with a pair of steals that he turned into baskets on the other end as the Sharks blew the game wide open.
Here are some fun highlights provided by The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel.
Luis Scola added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Sharks while Luo Hanyu chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds and three helpers.
Tyler Hansbrough carried the Golden Bulls in the loss, totaling 30 points on 14-for-26 shooting from the floor to go along with an astounding 26 rebounds (13 on the offensive end). He added three assists and two steals in 41 minutes in the battle of former NCAA player of the year award winners.
On the season, Fredette is fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 37.3 points a night on 49.6 percent shooting from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point land and 95.3 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 6.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and a league-leading 3.6 steals in 40.9 minutes on the court.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a Thursday matchup with Nanjing Tongxi Monkey Kings who are 6-12 through 18 games. Some players to watch for the Monkey Kings are former NBA player Joe Young and former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin. The offense runs through Young who is averaging 35.4 points, and 4.8 assists in his first season in China.
As for Austin, he is coming off his best night of the season in a loss to Guangdong, registering 31 points and 13 rebounds in just 28 minutes. Through 10 games, he is averaging 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.