MANILA, Philippines – Rhenz Abando and the powerhouse Anyang KGC saw their 10-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, February 19, following a shocking 85-79 loss to the Seoul SK Knights in the Korean Basketball League (KBL).
American import Jameel Warney steered Seoul SK to the upset with a huge double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, while local Kim Sun-hyung also posted his own double-double of 20 markers and 10 boards.
With Anyang ahead 73-72 and less than four minutes remaining, Warney’s long jumper sparked a crucial 7-0 run that gave Seoul a 79-73 lead with exactly two minutes left.
Anyang managed to pull within 79-81 with 45 seconds to go before the Knights’ Choi Bo-kyung sealed the deal in the next play with a tough tip-in, extending their lead to a two-possession game with only 19 ticks left.
After averaging only 4 points and failing to reach twin digits in Anyang’s last six outings, Abando finally broke out of his slump and scored 19 points on a very efficient 8-of-10 clip from the field as a starter.
The KBL Slam Dunk king Abando also tallied 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in 27 minutes of action for the top-seeded Anyang, which dropped to a 33-12 slate.
Abando’s fellow import Omari Spellman paced Anyang in the losing cause with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Elsewhere, SJ Belangel and the Daegu KOGAS Pegasus notched their second straight win with an 81-79 escape over the Jeonju KCC Egis.
Belangel, however, hardly made his presence felt as he finished with just 3 assists and 2 steals in 14 minutes of play.
Daegu hiked its record to 15-28, but remained at the second to last spot in the team standings. – Rappler.com
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