BUSAN – The KT Sonic Boom led from start to finish, blowing out KCC 86-59 at the Sajik Indoor Gymnasium Friday night.
The Sonic Boom raced out to a quick 19 point first quarter lead, led by an early 13-2 run to start the game. Four KCC turnovers, and poor shot selection combined with KT's aggressive defense and ability to control the tempo led to KT dominating the opening 10 minutes. The Sonic Boom shot an impressive 64% in the first quarter, compared to KCC's 20%. The Sonic Boom led 25-6 after the opening quarter.
KT increased their lead to 22 early in the second before KCC cut the lead to 13 with three minutes remaining, led by DeShawn Sims six points. But KT closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to double the lead to 44-22 by the half. The balanced scoring attack was led by Cho Sung-Min with 10 points, while Charles Rhodes grabbed 12 boards and blocked 3 shots. KCC shot an uncharacteristic 9 of 35 from the field in the first half.
KCC's struggles continued in the third, as KT went on a 8-0 run to increase their lead to 29 before replacing their starters with 2:46 remaining, comfortably holding a 60-31 lead.
From there, KT cruised to victory in the fourth using their second team, securing their sixth straight victory.
KT had four players in double digits, and were led by Cho Sung-min's 14 points. He added 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Charles Rhodes added 10 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks.
DeShawn Sims led KCC Egis with 25 points and 7 rebounds. They were without star center Ha Seung-Jin who is still nursing a shoulder injury.
Photo courtesy of Ben Weller