Professional basketball’s Wonju DB overcame a 19-point deficit to win its sixth straight game to open the season. DB defeated Ulsan Hyundai Mobis 90-79 on the road in the 2023-2024 regular season at Dongcheon Gymnasium in Ulsan on Friday. DB, which was coached by Kim Joo-sung ahead of the season, has won six straight games to open the season and remain in sole possession of first place. They have opened up a 2.5-game lead over second-place Busan KCC (2-1).The longest opening streaks in professional basketball history are eight by DB’s predecessor, Wonju Eastern, in 2011-2012 and Goyang Orion, Sono’s predecessor, in 2014-2015.
DB has won 스포츠토토존 six straight games to open the season for the first time in 12 years since the 2011-2012 season .DB struggled early in the game, falling behind 14-29 in the first quarter .At one point in the second quarter, they were down by as many as 19 points, 31-50, and it looked like they would suffer their first loss of the season. Down 40-54 at halftime, DB battled back in the third quarter .In the third quarter, Dedrick Lawson scored 15 points by himself, more than Hyundai Mobis’ 13 team points in the third quarter .After finishing the third quarter tied at 67-67, DB came back in the fourth quarter. The score was 70-75 midway through the fourth quarter, but two free throws by Kim Jong-kyu and a three-pointer by Lawson tied the game.
In the ensuing scramble, DB took the lead for good at 79-75 with 5:45 left in the game after Lawson hit back-to-back two-pointers. DB made it 82-77 on a three-pointer by Park In-woong with 4:08 left in regulation, and sealed the win with another three-pointer by Lee Sun Albano with 2:10 left in regulation for an 83-79 lead. DB was led by Lawson, who has emerged as the best foreign player this season, with 36 points and 11 rebounds, while Albano (14 points) and Kim Jong-kyu (13 points) also contributed as the hosts won their fifth straight away game. Hyundai Mobis was led by Lee Woo-seok (19 points) and Gage Prim (18 points, 11 rebounds), but fell to 4-3 and dropped from sole possession of second place to a tie for third with Changwon LG. Defending champion Anyang Jungkwanjang won 91-80 on the road against Daegu KOGAS.
Choi Sung-won, who played for opponent Seoul SK in last season’s championship game before joining Jeonggwanjang for the 2023-2024 season, was the top scorer with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.With three wins and three losses, ChungKwan Jang is tied for fifth place with SK. KOGAS was led by a double-double from Lee Dae-heon (12 points, 11 rebounds), but remained in last place with a 1-5 record.