Pro basketball’s DB overcomes 19-point deficit to beat Hyundai Mobis for sixth straight win to open season
Professional basketball club Wonju DB overcame a 19-point deficit to win its sixth straight game to open the season.
DB defeated Ulsan Hyundai Mobis 90-79 in the regular season of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association at Dongcheon Gymnasium in Ulsan on Friday.
DB, which was coached by Kim Joo-sung ahead of the season, remained atop the standings with six straight wins to open the season. They also extended their lead over second-placed Busan KCC (2-1) to 2.5 games.
The longest opening winning streaks in professional basketball are eight by DB’s predecessor Wonju Eastern in 2011-2012 and Goyang Sono’s predecessor Goyang Orion in 2014-2015.
DB has won six straight games to open the season for the first time in 12 years since the 2011-2012 season when it was Eastern.
DB struggled early in the game, falling behind 14-29 in the first quarter.
At one point in the second quarter, they were down by as many as 19 points, 31-50, and it looked like they would suffer their first loss of the season.
After finishing the first half down 40-54, DB battled back in the third quarter.
In the third quarter, Dedrick Lawson scored 15 points by himself, more than Hyundai Mobis’ 13 team points in the third quarter.
After finishing the third quarter tied at 67-67, DB fought back in the fourth quarter.
The score was 70-75 midway through the fourth quarter, but two free throws by Kim Jong-kyu and a three-pointer by Lawson tied the game.
In the ensuing scramble, DB took the lead for good at 79-75 with 5:45 left in regulation after Lawson hit back-to-back two-pointers.
DB made it 82-77 on a three-pointer by Park In-woong with 4:08 left in regulation, and sealed the win with another three-pointer by Lee Sun Albano with 2:10 left in regulation for an 83-79 lead.
DB was led by Lawson, who has emerged as the best foreign player this season, with 36 points and 11 rebounds, while Albano (14 points) and Kim Jong-kyu (13 points) also contributed to their fifth straight away win.
Hyundai Mobis were led by Lee Woo-seok (19 points) and Gage Prim (18 points, 11 rebounds), but slipped to 4-3 and dropped from sole possession of second place to joint third with Changwon LG.
Defending champions Anyang Jungkwanjang won 91-80 on the road against Daegu KOGAS.
Choi Sung-won, who played for opponents Seoul SK in last season’s championship game before moving to Jeonggwanjang for the 2023-2024 season, was the top scorer with 20 points, including four three-pointers.
With three wins and three losses, ChungKwanJang is tied for fifth place with SK.
KOGAS remained in last place with a 1-5 record despite a double-double from Lee Dae-heon (12 points, 11 rebounds). 파워볼사이트