Son’s three-pointer gives Egis last-minute comeback victoryIn a close match against the KCC Egis held in Jeonju on Sunday, the Busan KTF Magicwings won their seventh game in a row, reclaiming the sole lead in the Korean professional basketball standings.
Seven seconds before the final whistle blew, KTF forward Son Gyu-wan’s three-pointer shook the home team, KCC Egis, reversing the scores and giving the Busan-based team the win, 86-85.
KTF’s victory is its first against KCC since Jan. 21, 2003, having lost all seven of its previous matches against the Egis.
The team has now recorded 10 victories, with four losses, and moved ahead of the Wonju TG Sambo Xers and Daegu Orions, both of which have nine wins and five losses.
One minute and seven seconds before the end of regulation time, KTF had the lead, 83-81.
The ball was then passed to Son outside the three-point line. But the tense forward succumbed to pressure and missed the basket.
KCC forward Choo Seung-kyun then managed two free throws to tie the match at 83-83.
Things went from bad to worse for KTF when forward Gabe Muoneke fouled out with 40 seconds remaining, allowing KCC forward Charles Ornaud Minlend’s free throws to move the home team ahead of KTF by two points.
However, while KCC was on offense, KTF center Aaron McGhee managed to intercept the ball and passed it to guard Jeong Nak-young, who relayed it to Son in the left corner. The forward then launched the game-winning shot to bag three points and the match.
Meanwhile, the two second place teams both lost. Wonju fell to the SBS Stars 76 to 88, while Daegu lost to the LG Sakers, 76 to 85.
by Sung Baik-you, Choi Joon-ho