‘Lawson 35-point explosion’ Wonju DB defeats KT…Pajuk’s opening 4-game winning streak continues

Wonju DB is on a scary early-season roll.

Led by head coach Kim Joo-sung, the DB won 91-84 against Suwon KT in the regular season of the 2023-2024 Jeonggwanjang Professional Basketball League at the Suwon KT Sonic Boom Arena at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30. The team has won four straight games since the start of the season to take sole possession of the lead.

Once again, foreign player Dedrick Lawson shined. Lawson scored a game-high 35 points to lead DB to victory. He also added eight rebounds and four assists. Lee Sun Albano also played the role of field commander with 19 points and six assists. 토토 Captain Kang Sang-jae also chipped in with 10 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

DB, with Albano, Choi Seung-wook, Park In-woong, Kang Sang-jae, and Lawson in the starting lineup, struggled with KT’s outside shooting early on. However, Lawson’s buzzer-beating three-pointer ended the first quarter with a one-point deficit, 27-28. After Lawson’s free throws at the beginning of the second quarter, DB took the lead for good, and then Lawson and Kang Sang-jae scored to extend the lead. At the end of the second quarter, a three-pointer by Choi Seung-wook and a basket by Shin Min-soo ended the first half with a 54-48 lead.

In the third quarter, DB used strong defense to hold KT to just 13 points in the quarter and scored 25 points in between to take a 79-61, 18-point lead into the fourth quarter. But KT, one of the favorites to win the title, would not go down without a fight. After holding DB scoreless for the first 3:36 of the fourth quarter, Ha Yoon-ki and Paris Bass scored back-to-back baskets to pull within one point, 82-83, with 7:43 left in the quarter. Facing an upset, DB got a break with a free throw and a two-pointer from Lawson, and with 42 seconds left in regulation, Lawson hit the game-winning three-pointer.

Along with Lawson’s dominance in clutch time, the rebuilt ‘DB Acid’ also proved to be a force to be reckoned with. With a total of six blocked shots, including three by Kim Jong-kyu, DB showed the fear of DB Acid to KT, who only managed one.

With the win, DB, which went undefeated in four games, maintained its sole lead atop the standings with a one-game lead over the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis. DB will look to extend their opening five-game winning streak against Daegu KOGAS on March 3.

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“If the team could only play spring basketball…” captain Kang wishes.

Can this season’s captain, Kang Sang-jae (28, 200 cm), lead the team to the playoffs?

Wonju DB Kang Sang-jae recorded 10 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the team’s 91-84 victory over Suwon KT of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association at the 온라인카지노 Suwon KT Sonic Boom Arena on Tuesday.

In the postgame interview, Kang said, “We lost to KT in the last cup tournament (on Dec. 12), and after that game, the coach emphasized the importance of training hard and being focused and determined. Before we came out today, we talked to each other about the tough loss (in the Cup), so we tried to play a gritty game, and I think it worked out well.” He shared his thoughts on the victory.

After taking the lead (54-48) at the end of the first half, DB dominated the third quarter with a 25-13 run. However, KT took the lead in the fourth quarter and found themselves trailing 83-82. In this situation, the captain strongly reprimanded the team.

Kang Sang-jae said, “We talked about it in game time and in the locker room, but even if the first five players foul out, we have to play without being pushed back. I reprimanded them because I know that basketball is a battle of moods and it’s not easy. We have to prepare well so we don’t have games like that in the future.”

As mentioned earlier, the DB captain this season is Kang Sang-jae. The player himself felt the weight of the captaincy. “It’s a very important season for the team and for me personally, and I have a desire to do well because the coach has given me the role of captain. I’m just the middle of the team, but I’m grateful that my older brothers and juniors are following me well.”

A ‘big season’ he says. There is an urgency to make the playoffs. The Wonju DBs have missed the playoffs for three seasons, five to be exact. In the 2019-2020 season, the league ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the team was unable to make the playoffs despite finishing in first place.

That’s why players and fans alike are eagerly anticipating spring basketball. “I don’t have any personal goals for this season, and if the team can play spring basketball, I think it will be positive for me personally. Right now, I’m just looking at the team,” said Kang Sang-jae.

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