December 7, 2016
After a blowout in their last outing Samsung were looking to redeem themselves and keep hold of their place in the standings. KDB has been on the rise this season and were coming off a thrilling overtime win against KB Stars. In a battle between teams placed second and third both teams had a lot on the the line. After back and forth play in the first half the game was tied headed into the second half. Samsung came out with more urgency and used the third to pull away for the guests. Korean shooting guard Hee Jin Choi, fired off three straight three pointers to get the hosts going and they never looked back. KDB made a run in the fourth but Samsung held on to come out with a win. Even still, teams are separated by 1 and 2 games in the standings.
Samsung vs Winnus KDB 75-72 SAM Howard (33 min) 10 pts 8 rebs McKinney (6 min) 6 pts KDB Christmas (33 min) 11 pts 10 rebs Hawkins (6 min) 4 pts
December 5, 2016
It what should have been a competitive game KEB Hana went on the road and took advantage of the struggling hosts. Shinhan Bank showed well in the first half. They kept the game close and were only down by 2 points at the half. However, this game was a tale of two halves and the third quarter sealed Shinhan’s fate. Hana held Shinhan to just 10 points in the third quater and took a comfortable lead into the fourth. Shinhan fought their way back in the fourth but it was too little too late. Shinhan continues to struggle and currently sit at the bottom of the standings with a 3-8 record.
Shinhan Bank vs. KEB Hana 55-68 SHI Williams (20 min) 10 pts 14 rebs Viotamela (19 min) 5 pts 5 rebs KEB Thornton (25 min) 16 pts 11 rebs Achonwa (14 min) 11 pts 5 rebs
December 4, 2016
This game needed overtime to decide it’s winner. KDB visited KB Stars on Sunday afternoon looking to move up in the standings. In a tight race between teams placed 2nd through 5th, every game is of great importance. KDB has improved tremendously this season as they have already racked up five wins early in the season. To put it in perspective, KDB finished in last and won only seven games for the 2015-2016 season. Behind the play of Karima Christmas they now sit in third place in the standings! Sunday’s game was a battle throughout as both teams exchanged basket after basket. Pierson did all she could for the Stars but Christmas and Hawkins got the best of KB as they both finished with double doubles.
KB Stars vs. Winnus KDB 59-64OT KB Pierson (25 min) 18 pts 8 rebs Graves (19 min) 8 pts 3 rebs KDB Christmas (27 min) 20 pts 11 rebs Hawkins (17 min) 12 pts 10 rebs
December 3. 2016
Round 3 of the Korean League started on Saturday with league leading Woori Bank taking on Samsung at home. Undefeated thus far this season, Woori Bank looked to stay on track after a shaky showing in their last outing. Samsung didn’t come prepared as Woori took control of the game from the beginning and never looked back. Samsung played without their foreigners in the last quarter because the game was out of reach. Woori were up by as many as 30 points at one point in the second half. They improve to a league best 11-0. The record for the best start to a season, which is held by Woori Bank is 16 wins and 0 losses. We will see if they will be able to break their own record this season.
Woori Bank vs. Samsung 74-45 WOO Currie (17 min) 6 pts 9 rebs 3 asts Jones (17 min) 14 pts 6 rebs SAM Howard (22 min) 13 pts 10 rebs McKinney (5 min)
- Woori Bank 11-0
- Samsung 6-6
- KEB Hana 5-6
- Winnus KDB 5-7
- KB Stars 4-7
- Shinhan Bank 3-8