By: Jay Yeomans
Published: December 26, 2018
Jimmer Fredette delivered a big second-half performance as the Shanghai Sharks came away with a 103-82 win over the Bayi Rockets on Christmas day.
Fredette paced Shanghai in the win, finishing with a game-high 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field, including an outstanding 8-for-11 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He added six rebounds and a steal in just 26 minutes on the floor.
The former BYU guard overcame a sluggish first half with some remarkable 3-point shooting after the break to help the Sharks improve to 15-9 on the season. After missing his first outside shot of the half, early in the third, Fredette drilled six triples in a row, including four in the fourth quarter against the Rockets.
Luis Scola also had a strong showing for the Sharks, registering a double-double with 17 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds and four assists in 19 minutes.
Huang Xu added 16 points on the strength of 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point land while Luo Hanchen chipped in with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu came up big as well, totaling nine points on 80 percent shooting from the field while adding 10 rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 38 minutes.
For the Rockets, Lei Meng led the way with 15 points while Fu Hao added 12 points and eight boards.
Through 24 games, Fredette is third in the CBA in scoring, averaging 38.3 points a night on 53 percent shooting from inside the arc, 45 percent from 3-point land and 95 percent at the charity stripe. He also contributes 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.3 steals in 40.4 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a tough matchup on Thursday with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions who are 17-6 on the season and sit in fourth place in the league standings. Two players to watch for the high-powered Lions are imports Courtney Fortson and Ioannis Bourousis.
While some of his shooting numbers are down from a season ago, Fortson is still one of the best pure point guards in all of the CBA. He is the league-leader in assists and is coming off three straight triple-doubles, including a 35-point, 14-assist, 10-rebound night in a 121-116 win over Fujian on Christmas. Through 23 games, he is averaging 24.8 points, 11.4 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 40.1 minutes a contest.
As for Bourousis, he is a strong interior player who averages 17.6 points a night to go along with 8.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 28.4 minutes.