BUSAN, South Korea – Wonju Dongbu Promy continued their dream season, winning the regular season championship and their 14th game in a row with a convincing 73-60 win over KT. It’s the fourth regular season championship in the teams 15 year history.
“We’re the number one seed so it would appear that way, but we have to be weary of losing focus. Honestly, anyone can beat anyone given the right match-up,” starting center Rod Benson said after the game.
Lee Gwang-jae led Wonju with 18 points, including two three pointers, and the top ranked Promy finished the game on a 18-6 run to take the regular season championship.
Benson added 16 points, and 13 rebounds to pace Wonju to their league best 40-7 record.
Wonju took control of the game midway through the first, when Yoon Ho-young connected for five consecutive points to give Wonju a 17-14 lead.
Park Ji-hyun's layup with 3:23 left to go in the second gave Wonju their biggest lead of the first half, taking a 31-26 lead.
KT opened the second half scoring the first four points to take a 35-34 lead, but sloppy play let Wonju recover to go on an 11-0 run led by Lee Gwang-jae's six points to give Wonju a 45-35 lead midway through the third.
KT used an 8-0 run of their own to cut the lead to two before Benson's four points led Wonju back to close the third with a 51-47 lead.
Benson drew a hard foul at 6:41 of the fourth on a charge by Pyo Myung-il, shifting the momentum KT had built. After Yang Woo-seub brought KT within two with 5:53 left, Lee Gwang-jae scored eight of Wonju’s final 15 points to seal the win.
“It was the wrong play for his team and it gave us the momentum we needed to move forward,” said Benson.
Wonju retains home court advantage throughout the playoffs, and will be looking for their first league title since the 2007-08 season.
Charles Rhodes led KT with 14 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, while Park Sang-oh also chipped in 14 points in defeat.