BUSAN, South Korea — The Seoul SK Knights improved to 5-1 on the season with a 77-73 win over the KT Sonic Boom Friday night in Busan. Aaron Haynes scored 22 points and added six rebounds, and Byun Ki Hoon chipped in 16.
The first quarter belonged to Haynes, who scored 13 of SK's first 18 points, giving SK a 22-17 after the first quarter.
After another Haynes bucket to start the second, KT regrouped to go on a 14-0 run over the next 3:43 to take a 31-24 lead. SK's Joo Hee-Jung then went on to score eight of SK's remaining 15 points in the second to give SK a 39-36 halftime lead.
SK opened the third on an 8-0 run over the first 3:39 of the third to open a ten point lead, and extended it to 14 later in the quarter on Choi Bu Kyung's jumper with 29.4 seconds left in the third.
KT fought back in the fourth to come within two with 13.2 seconds left after Cho Sung-Min's fourth three pointer of the game to cut the score to 75-73. After Joo Hee-Jung hit two free throws with 11.3 seconds left, KT guard Kim Myung-Jin's inbound pass flew by Seo Jang-hoon and Cho Sung-Min out of bounds to give SK the ball and the win.
Jasper Johnson recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, while Cho Sung-Min added 19 points and five rebounds for KT, whose record drops to 1-5.