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Abarrientos’ 21 not enough as Ulsan suffers OT loss to Alvano, Wonju

Martin Mendoza
Abarrientos’ 21 not enough as Ulsan suffers OT loss to Alvano, Wonju

HOTSHOT. RJ Abarrientos sustains his streaky shooting.

Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus

RJ Abarrientos buries 7 treys to wind up with 21 points for the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus, but Ethan Alvano and the Wonju DB Promy emerge victorious in overtime

MANILA, Philippines – RJ Abarrientos once again saw his high-scoring performance for the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus wasted as they suffered a 94-90 overtime loss to Ethan Alvano and the Wonju DB Promy in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) on Saturday, January 7.

Abarrientos sizzled from long distance, burying 7 of his 14 treys to wind up with 21 points, on top of 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal in a little less than 32 minutes of action.

The former FEU standout converted on a cold-blooded long bomb with 31.3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 77-all. He then assisted on Lee Woosuk’s crucial jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining, which ultimately dragged Wonju into overtime as Alvano’s potential game-winning three at the buzzer failed to hit the mark.

In the extra period, Abarrientos drained two more triples to keep Ulsan within the game, but his red-hot shooting proved not enough as Wonju escaped with the win.

Kim Jong-kyu and Dewan Hernandez led Wonju with 18 points each, while Kang Sang-jae collected 17 markers, 8 boards, and 6 dimes.

The Filipino-American guard Alvano struggled from the field as he connected on just 3 of his 12 shots to finish with 9 points, but dished out a team-high 8 assists, along with 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.

For Ulsan, Lee dropped a game-high 23 points, while Gaige Prim recorded a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds.

With the victory, Alvano’s Wonju hiked its record to 12-18, while Abarrientos’ Ulsan slid to 16-13.

Meanwhile, Justin Gutang’s near double-double outing also went for naught as the Changwon LG Sakers bowed to the Goyang Carrot Jumpers, 73-64.

Gutang, the ex-College of St. Benilde swingman, tallied 8 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 8 rebounds for Changwon, which moved down to 16-12.

Finally, SJ Belangel’s Daegu KOGAS Pegasus notched their second straight win after defeating the Seoul Samsung Thunders, 83-77. 

Belangel, however, did not see action for Daegu, which improved its record to 12-16. – Rappler.com 

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