Seoul SK, one of the favorites to win the 2023-2024 professional basketball season, has lost three straight games and slipped to fifth place in the standings.
The team lost 50-69 to Changwon LG on Thursday at Changwon Gymnasium in an away game of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association regular season.
SK (3-3) suffered its third consecutive loss, despite the return of guard Jamil Warney from injury, with guard Kim Sun-hyung scoring just four points and Oh Se-geun one.
LG, on the other hand, rebounded with four straight wins after starting the season with three straight losses.
The game featured a good mix of national team forwards who switched teams after last season.
After leaving defending champion Anyang’s Jeong Kwan-jang behind to wear an SK jersey, Oh Se-geun, who has been labeled the best big man in Korea, struggled mightily on this day.
Playing about 23 minutes, Oh missed all six of his field goals and finished with just one point.
On the other hand, Yang Hong-seok, who mostly matched up with Osegun under the basket instead of playing his usual position as an outside shooter, did his part with 10 points and five rebounds.
Yang, who played for Suwon KT until last season, helped LG pull away with a seven-point run in the third quarter, which was particularly crucial.
He proved why LG chose him by playing good defense against Oh, who is bigger than him and didn’t lose the height battle.
For LG, foreign player Asem Marei paced SK with 16 points and 20 rebounds.
For SK, no one else scored in double figures except for Warney (22 points).
Last season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kim Sun-hyung also played 27 minutes, but managed just four points and two assists, while committing three turnovers.
Goyang Sono defeated Jeong Kwanjang 84-82 on the road in a close game. 보스토토 주소
The Sono, who were tied for last place with Daegu KOGAS (1-4) the day before, climbed out of last place with their second win of the season (4-4).
Chung Kwan-jang, on the other hand, suffered their third loss of the season at home (2-2).
For SONO, ace Lee Jung-hyun spearheaded the offense with 19 points and eight assists.
Shooter Jeon Sung-hyun also scored 20 points on 5-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
Foreign players Diyonte Davis (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Choi Hyun-min (11 points, 7 rebounds) also contributed inside and out.
For Jung Kwan-jang, Park Ji-hoon led the way with 21 points and six assists.