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Samsung beats KT to end 22-game road losing streak…DB-KCC also wins

Professional basketball’s Seoul Samsung ended an ignominious 22-game losing streak away from home. Wonju DB won its fourth straight game, while Busan KCC also secured a victory in double overtime.

Samsung won its 2023-24 regular season home game against Suwon KT 99-94 on Wednesday at the 안전카지노사이트 Suwon KT Sonic Boom Arena.

The win was Samsung’s fourth straight (16th overall). The win was significant because it snapped a six-game losing streak and ended a 22-game road losing streak, the worst in KBL history. Samsung had lost 22 consecutive games on the road since losing to Goyang Carot (now Sono) last December, the longest losing streak in KBL history. The previous record was 18 consecutive losses by Daegu Dongyang in 1998-99, SK in 2003, and Samsung in 2021-22, so it was humiliating to lose four more times. However, the victory over the ‘favorite’ KT was enough to put a smile on the faces of the Samsung players and Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok.

Kofi Coburn was the star of the show. Coburn dominated the court, filling the stat sheet with 36 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in 36 minutes. Recent trade acquisition Hong Kyung-ki added 13 points, including three three-pointers, while Lee Won-seok chipped in 12 points and four rebounds.

KT was led by Paris Bass with 31 points and seven rebounds and Han Hee-won with 20 points and six rebounds, but the absence of Heo Hoon, who went down with a broken nose in the third quarter, was sorely missed. Heo left the court after being hit by Lee Won-seok’s elbow while defending and did not return. KT lost its seventh game in a row (12 points) and is in third place.

On the same day, KCC met Daegu KOGAS at Busan Sajik Indoor Gymnasium and won 93-88 in the second overtime. KCC has been one of the “nemesis” teams against KOGAS, having recently won four straight games. The backcourt of Kim Nak-hyun, who recently returned from injury, and Samjosef Belangel were the No. 1 threats.

In fact, KOGAS took the lead with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter when Kim Nak-hyun hit a three-pointer to break the balance and Kim Dong-liang scored on a free throw. However, Ragan answered with a free throw and then a tying layup with 27 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The game was decided in the second overtime. Andrew Nicholson opened the scoring with a three-pointer, but KCC answered with a three-pointer by Heo Woong and free throws by Choi Jun-yong. Then, with 1:03 left, Kim Dong-liang missed a three-pointer to turn over the offense and Ragan-ah hit a wedge dunk to put the game out of reach. Kim Nak-hyun’s three-pointer missed the rim, and Ragan-ah hit another wedge to tie the game.

Ragan finished with 21 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks in 30 minutes. Heo Woong (16 points), Choi Jun-yong (15 points) and Song Kyo-chang (10 points) also chipped in.

KCC was led by Nicholson (20 points, 13 rebounds), Duvan Maxwell (15 points), Belangel (14 points), and Kim Nak-hyun (19 points), but couldn’t get over the hump down the stretch and saw its two-game winning streak come to an end.

With the win, KCC improved to 7 wins (9 losses) and moved into seventh place. KOGAS dropped to 15 losses (4 wins) but remained in ninth place.

Finally, DB faced Seoul SK at Wonju Gymnasium and won 91-82. They improved to 18 W (3 L) on the strength of their recent four-game winning streak, extending their lead over second-place Changwon LG back to 2.5 games. SK remained in fourth place with an eight-game losing streak (10 wins).

DB was led by Dedrick Lawson (28 points) and Lee Sun Albano (19 points), who combined for 47 points. Doo Kyung-min, who returned from injury, scored eight points, including two three-pointers, while Kang Sang-jae (13 points) and Park In-woong (10 points) also contributed.

SK was led by Jamil Warney with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Oh Jae-hyun (12 points), Kim Sun-hyung (11 points), and Ahn Young-joon (8 points, 6 rebounds), but they couldn’t regain the momentum they lost in the third quarter and put their heads down.

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