BUSAN – KT forward Park Sang-Oh played like the reigning MVP, leading a balanced scoring attack as the KT Sonic Boom easily defeated the Seoul SK Knights 78-60 at the Sajik Indoor Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Both teams came out of the gate slow, missing a combined five shots. The Sonic Boom then regrouped and built up an early nine point lead with a balanced scoring attack, while SK's starters struggled getting off their shot, other than Alexander Johnson who led all scorers with nine points on 4-4 shooting in the first quarter. KT led 20-13 after the first, as SK struggled with six turnovers and seven fouls.
KT continued their defensive stand in the second quarter, as SK struggled to get quality shots, and struggled from behind the 3 point line, shooting 1-11 in the first half. Park Sang-Oh led KT with 9 points, while Alexander Johnson had 15 for SK as KT took a 33-24 halftime lead.
KT opened the third quarter with a 10-3 run to take a 17 point lead midway through the third, as guard Byun Ki Hoon picked up his fourth foul four minutes into the quarter. SK's shooting woes from the outside continued, shooting 38% for the quarter while missing on all 3 three point attempts.
SK mounted a short fourth quarter run to close the lead to 11 with six minutes left, but Alexander Johnson and Byun Ki-hoon picked up their fifth fouls each within 27 seconds to allow KT to go on an 11-0 run dominating the inside to seal the victory for KT.
Park led the Sonic Boom with 19 points, while adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists and 3 blocks. Kim Do-Soo added 15 points, while Charles Rhodes added 12 points and 15 rebounds.
League-leading scorer Alexander Johnson was held to 22 points, while chipping in 12 rebounds. Kim Sung-Hyun added 17.