Ulsan Hyundai Mobis head coach Cho Dong-hyun smiled after a close game in the first professional basketball “brothers-in-command” matchup this season.
The Hyundai Mobis defeated 온라인카지노 Changwon LG 76-74 in a hard-fought home game in the 2023-2024 regular season at Dongcheon Gymnasium in Ulsan, South Korea.
LG head coach Cho Sang-hyun and Cho Dong-hyun, professional basketball’s first “twin-brother head coaches,” took the helm of the team side by side last season and garnered attention. In the first season, the older brother had the edge with four wins and two losses, but in the new season, Cho Dong-hyun has gained the upper hand.
Hyundai Mobis continued its winning streak with an 87-62 victory in its opening game against Daegu Korea Gas Corporation on Nov. 21. LG, on the other hand, started the season with two consecutive losses.
For Hyundai Mobis, foreign player Gage Prim paced the team with 23 points and 13 rebounds. LG’s Asem Marei also had 17 points and 18 rebounds, but struggled with six turnovers. In total, LG committed 16 miscues on the night.
For LG, it was a poor performance from Yang Hong-seok, who took 10 shots and missed eight. National team forward Yang Hong-seok, who signed with LG in May from Suwon KT for a first-year contract totaling 750 million won, scored just seven points.
After finishing the first half 36-40, LG got back-to-back baskets from Prim to cut the deficit to nine points with just over four minutes left in the third quarter. LG responded with a three-pointer from Jung Hee-jae and a basket from Marei, but Yang Hong-seok hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 54-54. Yang Hong-seok also made a pair of free throws to complete the comeback.
Entering the fourth quarter, Hyundai Mobis’ Kebe Aluma stepped up to the plate. With seven minutes left in the game, Aluma hit a hook shot, then snatched Yang’s layup out of the air and drove to the basket to give Hyundai Mobis a two-point lead.
Aluma followed up with another fastbreak layup and a free throw, sending the home fans into a frenzy. With momentum on their side, Hyundai Mobis scored back-to-back layups by Lee Woo-seok and Jang Jae-seok to widen the gap to 68-60.
LG made a last-ditch effort to catch up, as Lee Kwan-hee made three free throws and a three-point play to make the score 72-75 with 33 seconds left in the game, but it was not enough to overturn the deficit.