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From left to right: Ulsan Mobis Phoebus forward Ham Ji-hoon fights for a rebound with Kyung Hee University center Oh Jeok-ryong, as Kim Min-goo, Moon Tae-young and Bae Soo-yong look on during a KB Pro-Am Basketball Championship quarterfinal game at Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium, Seoul, yesterday. [NEWS1]

The Ulsan Mobis Phoebus mounted a fourth-quarter rally yesterday, snuffing out a remarkable run by Kyung Hee University and besting the university team 76-73 in the KB Pro-Am Basketball Championship in Seoul.

A 3-point attempt by Kyung Hee star Kim Min-goo in the closing seconds missed the mark, ending a tight-fought quarter-final game. Both semifinal games will feature a professional team versus amateurs.

Earlier in the day, the defending champion Sangmu became the second amateur side to make it into the semis with a 90-52 rout of the Anyang KGC. Sangmu will face off against the Seoul SK Knights today for a shot at the championship. Korea University, which upset the Busan KT Sonicboom 74-53 on Monday, will face the Phoebus in the other semifinal match today.

Kyung Hee, the three-time defending college champs, led the 2012 Korean Basketball League champs through three quarters. But the Phoebus staged a late comeback, outscoring the students 22 to 15 in the fourth.

Greg Stevenson, known better in Korea by his naturalized name, Moon Tae-young, had 28 points - 12 points in the fourth - and 12 rebounds. Ham Ji-hoon helped with 22 points and five rebounds.

It was the second-straight victory for Ulsan coach Yoo Jae-hak since he led Korea’s national team to its first World Cup berth in 16 years at the FIBA Asia Championship earlier this month.

Guard Doo Kyung-min led Kyung Hee with 21 points, as five players made it to double-digit points. Bae Soo-yong and Han Hee-won scored 14 points and 13 points, respectively.

Kim Min-goo, who was named an all-star at the Asia Championship, chipped in with 12 points against his national team coach Yoo. Another of Yoo’s pupil with the national team, 2.07-meter (6-foot-9) center Kim Jong-kyu had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Kyung Hee, including an impressive fourth-quarter dunk.

The Sangmu, which are comprised of professionals playing as an alternative compulsory military service, had an impressive showing, completely shutting down the KGC for the last 6:05 of the opening quarter, going on a 20-0 run. They extended the lead by as much as 41 points in the fourth quarter and ruled the boards 45 to 27.

Yoon Ho-young, the MVP of the 2012 tournament, dominated during his 19:42 minute performance, racking up 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Kim Hyun-min scored 14 points while Song Chang-yong added 11 points.

With victory looking assured early, the Sangmu coach Lee Hoon-jae gave all of his players a chance to play in preparation of the semifinal game against the Knights. Park Chan-hee helped beat his former team with five points, six rebounds and seven assists, while another former KGC player, Lee Jung-hyun, scored six points, three rebounds and four assists.

“SK has good domestic players and I think that we need to prepare well,” coach Lee said. “There are few areas in which our team is better. We need to be fully armed mentally.”



BY MOON GWANG-LIP [joe@joongang.co.kr]
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