Korean Basketball League

Belangel solid in KBL debut, but Daegu fires blanks vs Jeonju

Delfin Dioquino
Belangel solid in KBL debut, but Daegu fires blanks vs Jeonju

DEBUT. SJ Belangel impresses in his first game in Korea.

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SJ Belangel knocks down a pair of three-pointers in his KBL debut, but the rest of the Daegu KOGAS Pegasus go 0-of-16 from deep

MANILA, Philippines – SJ Belangel and the Daegu KOGAS Pegasus kicked off their Korean Basketball League campaign on the wrong foot following an 81-72 loss to the Jeonju KCC Egis on Sunday, October 16.

The former Ateneo standout posted 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in 26 minutes in his KBL debut, but a flat start doomed Daegu in the loss where it trailed by as many as 18 points.

Jeonju ended the opening quarter with a commanding 22-8 lead and never looked back even as the Pegasus outscored the Egis for the last three periods.

Belangel shot 2-of-4 from three-point distance, but the rest of Daegu went 0-of-16 from beyond the arc for a lowly 10% clip.

Heo Ung led Jeonju with 19 points and 4 rebounds, while Ricardo Ratliffe churned out a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds on top of 4 assists and 3 steals.

The Egis pulled off the win despite Rondae Hollis-Jefferson getting limited playing time as the former Brooklyn Nets veteran saw action for just three minutes.

A Korean national team mainstay like Heo and Ratliffe, Lee Dae-sung paced the Pegasus with 25 points, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Justin Gutang sat out the Changwon LG Sakers’ narrow 65-62 loss to the Seoul Samsung Thunders. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.