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Dave Ildefonso makes long-awaited KBL debut as Suwon downs Seoul

JR Isaga
Dave Ildefonso makes long-awaited KBL debut as Suwon downs Seoul

ANNYEONG. Former Ateneo star Dave Ildefonso plays his first game with the KBL's Suwon KT Sonicboom.

Suwon KT Sonicboom

Dave Ildefonso gets off to a winning pro debut with Suwon in the Korean Basketball League as the Sonicboom outgun the Seoul Samsung Thunders

MANILA, Philippines – The Suwon KT Sonicboom celebrated Dave Ildefonso’s Korean Basketball League (KBL) debut with a 77-66 road win over the bottom-dwelling Seoul Samsung Thunders on Thursday, January 19.

The former Ateneo star scored all his 5 points in his first 5 minutes of action before adding 4 rebounds in an eventual 17-minute run off the bench as the seventh-ranked Suwon snapped a two-game losing streak to rise to a 14-17 record.

Jarrod Jones led the balanced effort with 15 points and 5 rebounds, while Hongseok Yang scattered 13 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists in nearly 38 minutes of action.

Former PBA import Lester Prosper squeezed out 6 points and 10 rebounds in just under 13 minutes off the bench as the Sonicboom shot out with a 17-point first quarter lead, 29-12, and held on for the wire-to-wire win.

Import Darral Willis led all scorers with 28 points in 28 minutes, but received no help as Seoul dropped its ninth straight game for a 10-22 record.

In the other game of the day’s double-header, the Goyang Carrot Jumpers made light work of the Wonju DB Promy with an 87-72 home blowout, highlighted with a 29-17 fourth quarter pullaway.

Import Dedric Lawson exploded for 40 points on a 16-of-26 clip with 9 rebounds and 7 assists as the fifth-place Goyang rose to a 17-15 record off its fourth straight win.

Sangjae Kang paced the losing cause with 21 points, 7 boards, and 4 dimes, while Fil-Am guard Ethan Alvano backstopped his efforts with 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Wonju settled for a 12-20 slate off its second straight setback, just ahead of last-place Seoul. – Rappler.com

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