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’20-point performance by Yang Hong-seok’ propels LG to 101:95 win over KCC to stay in 3rd place

Changwon LG defeated Busan KCC to reach 20 wins for the season and move into sole possession of third place.

LG won 101-95 on the road against KCC in the 2023-2024 regular season at Sajik Gymnasium in Busan on Nov. 19.

With the win, LG improved to 20 wins and 12 losses, knocking 스포츠토토 Suwon KT (19 wins and 12 losses) out of third place and into sole possession of fourth place, while also breaking a recent three-game losing streak on the road.

LG led by seven points with 1:33 left in the game, but gave up two points to KCC’s Alize DeShawn Johnson and immediately gave up an offensive foul on Lee Jae-do to KCC.

KCC closed the gap to three points, 91-94, with 1:14 left in the game as Johnson scored two more points. However, LG secured the win with 23 seconds left in regulation when Yang Hong-seok hit a game-tying three-pointer.

Yang Hong-seok, who hit the decisive three-pointer, led the team to victory with 20 points and five rebounds, while Lee Jae-do (17 points), Lee Kwan-hee (16 points), and Yoo Yoo-sang (14 points) also contributed. KCC, led by Johnson’s 26 points, remained in fifth place with a 16-14 record.

In another matchup of losing teams, home favorite Anyang Jungkwanjang defeated Seoul Samsung 86-77 at Anyang Gymnasium. Prior to the game, Jungkwanjang had lost three straight and Samsung had lost four straight.

With the win, the Jangjang improved to 12-21 and moved from ninth to seventh in the standings. They are only ahead of eighth-place Daegu KOGAS and Goyang Sono (11 wins and 20 losses) in win percentage.

Chung cheered on his teammates from the bench as Daryl Monroe, who recently confirmed his departure from the team due to injury, sat out. Monroe was replaced by Jamil Wilson, who will start next week’s East Asian Super League match.

Robert Carter recorded a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Chung has also been unusually strong against Samsung this season, winning all four meetings.

Last-place Samsung pulled to within 77-82 after Lee Jung-hyun hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer with just over two minutes left in regulation, but could not get any closer.

With its fifth straight loss, Samsung remained at the bottom of the standings with a 5-26 record. Six games separated them from the eighth-place team, making their path to the top even more difficult.

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