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‘Heo Il-young 28 points’ wins S-Derby on Lunar New Year holiday, SK Knights are the winners

Seoul SK defeated Seoul Samsung to win the Lunar New Year “S-Derby” in professional basketball.

SK defeated Samsung 80-70 in an away game of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association regular season at Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium in Seoul on Nov. 11. The win was SK’s 10th straight in the S-Derby between Seoul-based teams.

SK hasn’t lost to 현금홀덤사이트 Samsung since Dec. 6, 2022, at home (83-76). They are also undefeated in five games this season.

With 25 wins and 15 losses, SK moved into third place, a half-game clear of fourth-place Changwon LG (25-16), and continued the fierce race for the top spot at the end of the season.

Samsung (8 wins), which suffered its 33rd loss, further diminished its chances of escaping the bottom of the table. If they finish last, it will be their third consecutive season in last place.

Prior to this game, Samsung, which had gone 3-1 in four games against powerhouses like Busan KCC and LG, looked to be on the upswing, tying the game at 35-35 at the half.

It was SK’s gunslinger Jamil Warney who broke Samsung’s momentum. Warney, who poured in 19 points in the first half, hit two 3-pointers in less than a minute as Samsung, led by 6-foot-10 center Kofi Coburn, built a five-point lead early in the third quarter.

Warney’s explosion from the perimeter prompted Samsung head coach Kim Hyo-beom to substitute Ishmael Lane for Coburn, whose perimeter defense is a weakness, but Heo Il-young also hit two 3-pointers in the third quarter to give SK a double-digit lead for the first time in the third quarter.

Samsung rallied late, led by Coburn, who scored 16 points in the fourth quarter alone, but it was too much to overcome.

Warney, who hit five 3-pointers, was SK’s top scorer with 30 points. Veteran shooter Heo Il-young added 28 points, hitting from both inside and outside, including five 3-pointers.

For Samsung, Coburn chipped in with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but his struggles from beyond the arc were disappointing. Samsung made 23 3-pointers on the night, but only five found the rim.

Suwon KT beat Anyang Jungkwanjang 90-77 at home to extend its winning streak to five games. With a 27-13 record, KT improved its chances of finishing second in the regular season.

In professional basketball, the first and second place teams bypass the six-team playoffs (PO) and go directly to the four-team PO. The gap between them and third-place SK is two games. The eighth-place Jung Kwan-jang (13-27), on the other hand, has lost six straight games.

Jung Kwan-jang managed to cut the deficit from 21 points early in the third quarter to five points midway through the fourth quarter. However, with just over six minutes left in the game, the momentum was lost when Jung missed an easy layup and his second attempted three-pointer fell short of the rim, leading to KT’s fast break.

On their next possession, KT took control of the game again with a cool dunk by Paris Bass, and the lead went back to double digits.

Bass led the way for KT with a blistering 41 points and 16 rebounds. Other Korean players such as Ha Yoon-ki (13 points), Jung Sung-woo (11 points), and Han Hee-won (10 points) also did their part.

Wonju DB also cruised to an 89-74 victory at home, sending ninth-place Goyang Sono (13-28) to its sixth straight loss. DB, which improved to 32-10, maintained its four-game lead over second-place kt.

‘Twin guns’ Dedrick Lawson and Kang Sang-jae paced SONO with 21 points and seven rebounds and 20 points and 11 rebounds, respectively. Center Jeff Widdie also contributed 15 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocked shots for DB.

SONO’s guards were split, with Lee Jung-hyun recording 20 points and six assists and Han Ho-bin and Kim Ji-hoo adding 12 and 10 points, but they were outmatched by DB in the big man battle.

Combined forwards and centers failed to score in double figures, with only Chinanu Onuaku doing his part with 15 points and nine rebounds.

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