The first triple-double was recorded in professional basketball this season. The star of the show was Suwon KT Sonic Boom’s new foreign player Paris Bass, 28.
KT won a 91-69, 22-point home win against the Daegu KOGAS Pegasus of the 2023-2024 regular season at KT Arena in Suwon on Sept. 9.
After going 1-3 in its opening four games, KT has since rattled off three straight wins to move into a tie for third place with Changwon LG and Anyang Jeonggwanjang. Meanwhile, KOGAS, which lost its fourth straight game, dropped to 10th place with a 1-6 overall record.
The man of the match for KT was undoubtedly Bass. Playing 36:45 minutes in the best-five, he recorded 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists for a triple-double. It was the first of the 2023-2024 season, and the first in a year and a half since Ham Ji-hoon (Hyundai Mobis) and Darryl Monroe (KGC) achieved the feat on April 5, 2022. It’s also the first for KT since Yang Hong-seok (26 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) on January 5, 2022.
In addition to Bass, KT also got a double-double from Ha Yun-ki with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Jung Sung-woo chipped in with 18 points. KOGAS had four players in double figures, led by Samjosef Belangel’s 19 points and Andrew Nicholson’s 16, but could not protect its halftime advantage (40-35).
At the start of the game, the game was going in an unknown direction. The teams battled back and forth, with the largest lead of the first quarter being just five points, and KT took a 23-22 lead after Bath was more active on offense. However, KT took the lead in the second quarter on a basket by Anthony Moss, with Vellangel also contributing, and went into halftime with a 40-35 KT lead.
After falling behind by seven points in the fourth quarter, KT went on an onslaught, led by a three-pointer from Jung Sung-woo. Eventually, Bass scored five straight points to cut the deficit to one point, but KT managed to get back into the game with back-to-back baskets from Jung Sung-woo. From there, it was all KT. Jung 바카라 Sung-woo showed his high-sensitivity shooting, making all three of his three-pointers in the third quarter alone. KOGAS faltered as they made mistakes.
After starting the fourth quarter with a 67-54 lead, KT showed no signs of slowing down. Instead, they exploded on offense, forcing KOGAS into a groggy state.