Technical support issues
Suwon KT Sonic Boom won a dramatic victory in the fourth quarter. The key player in the victory was Paris Bass, who scored 17 points in the fourth quarter alone.
KT defeated Seoul SK Knights 78-76 in the regular league of the '2023-2024 CheongKwanJang Professional Basketball' held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 3rd. The winner on this day, which attracted attention as the 'fight for third place', was KT. Although they were behind by 12 points in the early 4th quarter, they turned the tables and poured cold water on the packed Jamsil crowd (5,206 people). KT, which won two games in a row, rose to a tie for second place with the Changwon LG Sakers with 24 wins and 13 losses.
Bass played a key role in the victory, scoring 35 points and 15 rebounds. Additionally, Ha Yoon-gi contributed to the victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Jeong Seong-woo scored 13 points. For SK, Oh Jae-hyun scored 31 points and Jamil Warney contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds, but they were unable to overcome the chase at the end of the game and suffered the bitter loss.
SK coach Jeon Hee-cheol, who is only one win away from reaching 100 wins in his professional career, said before the game, "I hope we can play quickly. Neither I nor the players talk about 100 wins, but the players still seem to feel pressure. They feel pressured after losing games. “I don’t care. I need to shake off the burden and wake up quickly,” he said with a smile.
SK used a three-guard lineup for the first time this season, including Oh Jae-hyeon, Choi Won-hyuk, and Yang Woo-seop. Coach Jeon Hee-cheol said, "We won the last 1 to 3 games in the battle of fast breaks and turnovers. In Game 4, we lost the game with 4 turnovers. The difference between victory and defeat was in turnovers. We will actively utilize speed." He then expressed his determination, saying, "We must win. It will be difficult because it is an away game to Ulsan tomorrow."
Before the game, KT coach Song Young-jin also warned against Warney, the “best mercenary in the KBL,” saying, “We will focus on blocking Warney like we did in the last game. Bass will defend Warney.” He continued, "We need to increase the probability in attack. Bath played well in the last game because they were selfless. The players should score evenly. Even if Bath overdoes it, it would be good if they all score, but it becomes difficult if no shots are made. “A balance is needed,” he emphasized.
SK succeeded in taking the lead. KT dominated the early first quarter. KT scored its first goal with an alley-oop shot by Ha Yoon-ki, who received an aerial pass from Bath. Next, Jeong Seong-woo broke through the dribble and cut the rim with a fantastic shot below the goal. He then made a free throw to complete the 3-point play.
SK also started slowly. After conceding 5 runs, he scored 11 points in a row to bring the momentum. SK opened with Oh Jae-hyun's first goal, and Yang Woo-seop's 3-point cut through the rim to immediately tie the game. Then, Warney's floater exploded and he started to take the lead. With this score, Warney surpassed 5,000 points in his KBL career.
It was no exaggeration to say that the game on this day was a battle between Bath and Warney, but while Warney made his presence known, Bath rarely scored. Bath, which had been silent, scored its first point with an exciting dunk about 6 minutes into the first quarter. He then scored 4 points in a row with a defensive rebound followed by a shot below the goal. However, KT missed the easy shot and was unable to narrow the score. With Warney's buzzer-beater 3 points, SK ended the first quarter with a 22-12 lead.
Saturday, February 3, 2024