‘It’s down to the fifth and final game’ KT defeats LG 89:80 in Anbangseo

Suwon KT pushed the best-of-five quarterfinal playoffs (PO) to the final game.

KT won 89-80 against Changwon LG in Game 4 of the best-of-five home quarterfinal playoffs of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association (KBA) at the KT Arena in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, on the 22nd.

KT, which came back from the brink of defeat, and LG, which failed to capitalize on its chance to punch its ticket to the championship game, will play the ‘last game’ of Game 5 at 7 p.m. on the 24th at Changwon Gymnasium in 토토 Gyeongnam.

The winner of this game will play the best-of-seven championship game against Busan KCC, which is already in the championship game, on the 27th.

This is the first time in three years that the best-of-four PO has gone to the final five games since the 2020-2021 season between KCC and E-Land (KCC won 3 games to 2).

Expanding the scope to the best-of-six PO, last season’s best-of-six last season saw a close five-game series between Carot and Hyundai Mobis (Carot 3-2).

The game was similar to Game 3, but unlike Game 3, KT had the last laugh this time. In Game 3, KT held the lead for most of the game before allowing LG to catch up in the fourth quarter, and LG eventually won the game with a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Yoon Won-sang just before the end of the game.

On this day, KT led the entire game and held the lead throughout. However, LG was short-handed on this day, as the centerpiece of their frontcourt, Asem Marei, was ejected for five fouls with 7:48 left in the game.

Marei had already gotten into foul trouble with his fourth foul in the third quarter, while KT’s Paris Bass, who had three fouls in the first quarter alone, stayed on the court the rest of the way without a foul.

LG stretched the lead to 10 points after Marei picked up five fouls, but back-to-back baskets by Yang Hong-seok and Yang Jun-seok brought the score to 78-73.

LG could still hope for a repeat of Game 3. There were five minutes left in the game.

But KT answered with Bass, who immediately pushed the lead back up to seven points with two free throws and a three-pointer, then scored four straight points to make it a double-digit lead, 84-73, with 3:14 left in the game, and cut LG’s lead in half.

Bass hit another three-pointer, this time to make it a 12-point game, 87-75, with 2:39 left in regulation, and was responsible for nine points in the closing minutes.

KT got a “one-two punch” from Bass with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four steals, while Heo Hoon added 18 points. LG was led by Yang Hong-seok with 18 points.

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