ANYANG – Lee Jung-hyun’s three pointer with a minute to go helped Anyang KGC to defeat the KT Sonic Boom 65-62 at the Anyang Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The first quarter was decided by a series of runs, with the Sonic Boom getting off to a quick 6-0 lead, before Anyang answered with 10 of their own. The Sonic Boom then went on an 8-3 run in the final 3:42 to take the lead 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw more of the same, as both teams fought back and fourth throughout the quarter. Both teams shot poorly, with Anyang KGC shooting 38% from the field, while KT shot 39%. In the first half, there were 10 lead changes or ties, with neither team leading by more than six.
Anyang was led in the first half by Rodney White with 8 points, while KT’s Charles Rhodes had 9 points and 4 blocks.
In the third, KGC came out running, building up a 9 point lead with 4:09 to go, led by Park Chan-hee’s 9 points, but KT went on a 6 point run to cut the lead to three. Kim Tae-sul then finished off the quarter scoring four of the last six points to regain the nine point lead for KGC.
Charles Rhodes and Park Sang-oh helped KT pull off a 13-2 run to start the fourth quarter as Rodney White got into foul trouble early, allowing KT to take a 53-51 lead with 5:07 remaining, but KGC fought back to regain the lead, and KT was unable to reply, as Cho Sung-min and Park Sung-woon missed three’s, and Charles Rhodes was unable to score with 29 seconds left. KT had a shot to tie, when Rodney White missed the second free throw with 17.9 seconds left, but Park Sang-oh’s final shot with three seconds left never got near the basket, leaving KT to end their six game winning streak.
Rodney White led KGC with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Lee Jung-hyun added 11.
Charles Rhodes scored 24 points, and added 16 rebounds and 3 assists.