Ulsan Mobis Phoebus got out to an early lead, as much as 11 in the early minutes due to KT’s slow, sloppy start. Cho Dong-hyun hit a three to cut the lead to six before the end of the quarter, leaving Ulsan leading 24-18. They were led by Yang Dong-geun’s 10 points and Lee Ji-won’s 8.
The second quarter saw KT chip away at the lead, and their persistence paid off when Cho Sung-min hit a three, and two subsequent baskets from Charles Rhodes gave KT a 30-28 lead, with 3:44 seconds left to go in the first half.
KT’s defence, as well as poor shot selection led Ulsan to go almost four minutes without scoring, before Malcolm Thomas hit two free throws finally broke the drought.
KT took a 39-36 halftime lead, led by Park Sang-oh’s 11 points and Cho Dong-hyun’s 10.
Some sloppy play by both teams plagued the third quarter, which saw several lead changes after Moebus Phoebus’ Park Jong-chun hit a couple of threes and Cho Sung-min replied for KT to give KT a 63-61 advantage at the end of the third.
But Malcolm Thomas came up big in the fourth, as KT blew a 7 point lead with five minutes to go. Thomas blockied Cho Sung-min’s shot with 12.3 seconds left, before hitting the game winner over Charles Rhodes with 5.9 seconds left.
Cho Sung-min’s last attempt shot was off-balance and the subsequent airball cost KT their second loss of the season.
Malcolm Thomas finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 blocks, while Park Jong-chan chipped in 17 and Lee Ji-won 15.
Charles Rhodes had his third double-double in as many games, with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.
After the game Malcolm Thomas was happy that his team is starting to gel, and their hard work is paying off.
“My teams giving me confidence to play well. We’re like a family now. We want to play well together,” he said.
By Jeff Liebsch – email@example.com