Jamil Warney, the best foreign player in KBL, showed off his versatile talent and gave Seoul SK their first win in the cup competition. Seoul Samsung freshman Kofi Coburn, who showed considerable power, also raised expectations for the new season.
SK defeated Samsung 91-87 in the first game of the Group C preliminary round of the KBL Cup held at Wolmyeong Gymnasium in Gunsan at 4 p.m. on the 8th. SK, which recruited Oh Se-geun, the MVP of last season’s playoff finals, showed the power of a championship candidate against last-place Samsung.스포츠토토
Foreign player MVP Warney’s skills remained the same. He scored 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists by bombarding the opponent’s goal with his brilliant individual skills and accurate hook shots. Heo Il-young, who showed off his high-sensitivity shooting sense, made four 3-point shots with a success rate of 80%, scoring 23 points and scoring 5 rebounds. Oh Jae-hyun, who led the game with 9 assists, also scored 12 points. However, Oh Se-geun failed to meet expectations with 3 points in a difficult field goal.
Samsung’s attack was led by new players. Coburn, a 210cm big man who had a tense match against Warney, scored 33 points and 9 rebounds, and Avan Nava, a Filipino Asian quarter guard, scored 17 points, including 3 3-point shots. However, ace Lee Jeong-hyeon attempted eight 3-point shots and only succeeded in one, scoring only seven points, while starting guard Kim Si-rae played 11 minutes and remained scoreless.
The match began with a fierce battle between Coburn and Warney. Coburn exchanged passes with Jo Woo-seong under the goal and dunked, and Warney countered with a hook shot and a 3-point shot following his famous spin move. Then, when SK ran away with Oh Jae-won’s outside shot, Samsung responded with Nava’s consecutive 3-point shots and floaters, and in the foreign 2-option battle, Ishmael Lane took the lead, giving Samsung a one-point advantage.
In the second quarter, which started with Lee Won-seok’s score after returning from the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games 3-on-3 competition, Samsung even added an attack under Lane’s goal. However, SK turned the game around thanks to Leon Williams’ performance, and while Coburn’s field goal missed, Heo Il-young hit an outside shot to end the first half with a score of 47-38.