Ulsan’s Hyundai Mobis came from behind to beat Seoul SK in overtime to clinch a spot in the sixth round of the playoffs.
The Hyundai Mobis defeated SK 92-80 on Thursday at Dongcheon Gymnasium in Ulsan, South Korea, after Jang Jae-seok (five points) hit a game-tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime in the regular season of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association.
With the win, Hyundai Mobis improved to 20-18 and moved one step closer to the sixth playoff spot. SK, 스포츠토토 on the other hand, dropped its fifth straight game and pushed head coach Jeon Hee-chul’s quest for at least 100 wins to another occasion.
Leading by one point, 43-42, at halftime, SK pushed its lead to 10 points in the third quarter but was unable to pull away from Hyundai Mobis.
Hyundai Mobis pulled back to within one, 63-64, on a two-pointer by Lee Woo-seok (24 points) with 7:04 left in the fourth quarter.
SK answered with a 3-pointer by Oh Jae-hyun (21 points), a basket by Choi Buk-kyung and a mid-range jumper by Warney.
However, Hyundai Mobis kept the game close with a two-pointer by Kebe Aluma and a three-pointer by Miguel Andre Okjohn to cut the deficit to 74-75 with 1:09 left.
Calling timeout, SK regrouped, and after a two-point play by Oh Jae-hyun cut the deficit to three points, they held off the Hyundai Mobis offense to secure the win.
However, Hyundai Mobis sent the game into overtime when center Jang Jae-seok drained a three-pointer just before the end of the fourth quarter to make it 79-79. It was Jang’s first three-pointer in 1,190 days, since he made one on November 1, 2020.
Jang, who made his professional basketball debut in the 2012-2013 season, had previously attempted 17 three-pointers in his career and made three of them, but he drained his fourth three-pointer in the decisive moment against SK on Thursday.
After coming back from the brink of defeat, the Hyundai Mobis completely dominated the overtime period. Lee Woo-seok and Ok-john took turns scoring for an 86-79 lead, and Lee’s three-pointer with 2:32 left sealed the victory.
Overwhelmed by Hyundai Mobis’ momentum, SK scored just one point in overtime.
Last-place Seoul Samsung defeated Busan KCC 97-88 in a hard-fought game that went into a second overtime. At 7-31, Samsung remained in last place, but enjoyed back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
The two teams were tied 75-75 after four quarters and 83-83 after the first overtime period, sending the game into a second overtime.
KCC was forced to struggle as Lagunia (24 points) fouled out with five fouls at the end of the first overtime period.
Samsung took advantage of Kofi Coburn’s dominance under the basket to rack up points and cemented the win with a three-pointer from Shin Dong-hyuk (11 points) with 1:06 left in regulation to make the score 95-88.
Samsung Coburn scored 20 points and Lee Jung-hyun added 20 points before picking up his fifth foul.
Wonju DB made light work of Anyang Jungkwanjang 99-84 in an away game at Anyang Gymnasium.
Dedrick Lawson poured in 40 points, while Lee Sun Albano added 23 points and Kang Sang-jae scored 20 to lead the way.
Riding a three-game winning streak, DB became the first team to reach the 30-win plateau, while Jung Kwan-jang fell to a fourth straight loss.