KT Win 5th Straight, Beat First-Place Wonju Promy
BUSAN – The KT Sonic Boom won their fifth straight Wednesday night, defeating previously undefeated Wonju Promy 76-68 at the Sajik Indoor Stadium Wednesday night.
KT was forced to play without power forward Park Sang-oh who is nursing a sore elbow, leaving KT short-handed and having to play with a three guard line-up to start the game.
KT's defense was the story in the first half, forcing Wonju to take poor shots, limiting them to shoot 38% from the field. The Sonic Boom took a 35-30 halftime lead, led by Cho Dong-hyun's 9 points, and Cho Sung-min's 8.
In the third, Rod Benson became more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball when Charles Rhodes picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter. KT's height disadvantage let Benson control the middle scoring 8 points and adding 6 rebounds, but Kim Do-soo and Cho Sung-min's speed took over offensively for KT combining for 10 points to give them a 9 point lead.
The fourth quarter saw Charles Rhodes and Cho Sung-min take over, scoring 18 points and surviving a late push by Wonju, but Rhodes 6 straight points and Cho's late free throws sealed the Sonic Boom's fifth straight win, and Wonju's first loss of the season.
Though his streak of double-doubles ended at eight games, Charles Rhodes was happy to get the win.
"It's good to keep the winning streak going and end Wonju's streak. It's always good to beat the team that knocked you out of the playoffs," he said.
KT survived a late scare in the fourth quarter when Song Young-jin took a hard foul and appeared to suffer a neck injury, but walked off under his own power after five minutes.
KT was led by Cho Sung-min with 25 points, while Cho Dong-hyun and Charles Rhodes added 10 apiece.
Rod Benson led all scorers with a game high 26 points and 17 rebounds for Wonju.