BUSAN, South Korea – The KT Sonic Boom looked impressive Saturday, then fell flat Sunday, as they split two games over the weekend.
On Saturday at home, The KT Sonic Boom got off to a quick start and never looked back, defeating the Seoul Samsung Thunders 72-61 for the second time this week.
After KT struggled to beat Samsung 59-54 on Wednesday, this game was never in doubt, as KT led the entire game as once again Samsung struggled to score, while KT's bigger line-up caused all sorts of problems for Samsung defensively, whose youth was evident in the mistakes they were making on the court.
'We got a really young team. We need a lot of work in a lot of areas. We changed the import, and it took us a long time to get used to our old one, and now we got to get used to the new one,' said Eric Sandrin after the game.
KT jumped out to a quick 17-4 lead to open the game, as Samsung once again struggled to take quality shots against the Sonic Boom's aggressive defense. KT's shift to a larger lineup with Park Sang-Oh and Song Young-Jin caused problems inside for Samsungs smaller lineup which couldn't contain the middle, allowing 13 first quarter points in the paint.
Samsung finally found some offensive rhythm to start second quarter, as they jumped out to 12-3 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter, cutting KT's lead to three. Yang Woo-seop took over for KT in the final three minutes, leading a 14-4 run while scoring 10 to give KT a 38-25 halftime lead.
KT took the game over in the third, opening a 21 point lead, led by a four minute 9-0 run midway through the quarter and cruised the rest of the way to the victory.
'I tried to get my players more involved. We have a back to back, so it was very important to us not to let the game get close,' said Charles Rhodes.
Yang Woo-seup had his best offensive output of the season, with 17 points and 7 assists. Rhodes posted another double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
Ira Clark led Samsung with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Sandrin added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.
Sunday however was a different story, as first place Wonju Promy dominated on both sides of the ball, defeating the Boom 66-55.
Charles Rhodes was the only player to score in double digits with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Rod Benson scored 20 and added 16 rebounds for Wonju.