ANYANG, South Korea - Anyang KGC took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five series with the KT Sonic Boom, escaping with a 65-61 win.
KGC has to feel relieved to be up the two games, as both were tightly contested and KT couldn’t come up with a lucky break to steal a game on the road. KT had a chance to win this game, but shot an uncharacteristic 31% from the free throw line.
Chris Daniels led KGC with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Oh Se-keun had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
KT came out fast early in the first quarter, building up a 15-2 lead, as KGC hit 1 of their first nine shots and turned the ball over eight times in first seven minutes.
KGC recovered however, to go on a 18-0 run over the next 6:39 to take a 24-20 lead. Oh Sek-geun got into foul trouble midway through the second, picking up his third foul allowing KT to regroup and go on a 9-3 run of their own, to take a 29-26 lead, after Rhodes split a pair of free throws.
KGC took over in the third quarter, outscoring KT 21-13, but KT fought back to within 1 after Park Sang-oh hit a three with 6:54 left.
Oh Se-keun’s layup with 29.8 seconds left gave KGC a five point lead, and KT couldn’t stop Kim Tae-sool for six seconds on the inbounds after a Rhodes free throw with 8.2 seconds left to secure the win for KGC.
Rhodes led KT with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Game three moves to Busan this Thursday at 7 p.m.