Seoul’s ‘basketball master’ Samsung has lost 18 consecutive away games.
The team suffered a 73-102 away loss to Wonju DB in the 2023-2024 regular season of the Korean Basketball League at Wonju General Gymnasium in Gangwon-do Province on Monday.
This was Samsung’s 18th consecutive away loss from Dec. 22 last year to this game.
This ties the record for the longest losing streak on the road in the history of professional basketball, which began in 1997.
Daegu Dongyang in 1999, Seoul SK in 2003, Samsung last year and Samsung this year share the record of 18 consecutive away games.
If Samsung loses on the road against SK on Tuesday, it will become the first team in professional basketball history to lose 19 straight away games.
The loss was Samsung’s seventh straight this season, leaving them in ninth place with a 2-9 record.
DB was led by double-doubles from first-round Most Valuable Player (MVP) Dedrick Lawson (24 points, 12 rebounds) and Lee Sun Albano (21 points, 12 assists).
Riding a four-game winning streak and a four-game home winning streak, DB improved to 11-1.
Samsung, which was led by Kofi Coburn (33 points), struggled from the perimeter, hitting just two of 19 three-pointers.
In the “telecom rivalry” game in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, SK defeated KT 102-87.
SK has been particularly strong against KT in recent meetings, winning six straight games.
The game was highlighted by the return of players returning from military service, including KT’s Heo Hoon and SK’s Ahn Young-jun.
KT’s Heo-hoon scored 26 points, four assists, and three steals, outperforming Ahn Young-joon’s 16 points, but he had to hang his head in shame after losing the game.
SK, KT, and Changwon LG are tied for third place with six wins and four losses. Anyang Jungkwanjang (7-4), who did not play on the day, is alone in second place.
KT, with Heo Hoon completing his military service and Moon Sung-gon returning from injury for the first time this season, failed to extend its four-game home winning streak and its recent six-game winning streak.
Moon Sung-gon, who joined KT from Jeonggwan as a free agent ahead of the 2023-2024 season, played 22 minutes and 38 seconds and was held scoreless.
In Ulsan, the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis defeated Daegu KOGAS 81-80 in overtime.
KOGAS’ Andrew Nicholson made a driving layup with 14 seconds left in regulation to cut the lead to two points at 80-78, but Hyundai Mobis’ Gage Prim’s three-pointer as time expired crashed through the net for a thrilling one-point victory.
Hyundai Mobis, which recently snapped a three-game losing streak, extended its winning streak to eight games against KOGAS. Prim, who hit the game-winning three-pointer, led the way with 41 points and 14 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the bottom-ranked KOGAS lost its fourth straight away game, seventh in a row and eighth straight against Hyundai Mobis.
Hyundai Mobis, which improved to 6-6, is in sixth place, while KOGAS, which is 1-9, is in 10th place. 슬롯게이밍