Chinese Basketball Association: Shanghai Sharks End Losing Skid after Beating Jilin Northeast Tigers; Jimmer Fredette Scores 37 Points
The league's leading ballclub of the Shanghai Sharks won against the visiting team of the Jilin Northeast Tigers with a convincing115-84 triumph at the Pudong Yuanshen Gymnasium to complete their revenge in the 26th round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Wednesday night.
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The Sharks, who were defeated by the Tigers in Changchun in the seventh round of the regular season earlier with a heartbreaking 104-103 win, gave no chances to the Jilin players this time around. According to Xinhua, without any hope of prevailing over and notching their second win of the season against the league's leaders, the visitors even ended the final quarter of the match with five bench players.
Former NBA player and the reigning CBA overall top scorer Jimmer Fredette exploded with game-high 37 points and dished out six assists during the match. His fellow foreign basketball reinforcement Guerschon Yabusele of France poured in 19 points, pulled down 17 rebounds, and posted five assists.
American import Jabari Brown paced Jilin with 36 points. The Northeast Tigers suffered their 15th lost in 26 games played this season, dropping to the 13th spot of the CBA's team standings.
With 12 games left to play in their schedule, Jilin will really be having a tough time in managing to make it to the final eight and extend their chances of reaching the championship round of the biggest professional basketball league in Asia.
Basing from the website of Asia-Basket, the victory helped Shanghai snapped their two-game losing skid. The Sharks suffered two successive defeats in the hands of the Guangdong Southern Tigers and the Shenzhen New Century Leopards in the 24th and 25th rounds, respectively.
They remain on top of the table with an impressive 22 wins and four losses record. Shanghai is one full game ahead of team Guangdong, which owns the league's second-best win-loss card of 21-5. The Sharks will next face Liaoning on Friday.