Jamil Warney (left) and Leon Williams (right)

Professional basketball team Seoul SK advanced to the semifinals of the East Asian Super League (EASL).SK defeated Taiwan’s New Taipei Kings 89-57 in the 2023-2024 EASL Group B match held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 31st.SK, the runner-up team in the last tournament, recorded 3 wins and 2 losses in Group B of the group stage, securing at least second place in Group B and confirming its advancement to the semifinals regardless of the result of the final match against the Philippine Meralco Bolts.If SK wins against Meralco Bolts, they can push out New Taipei and rise to first place in the group. In the EASL semifinals, the top two teams from Groups A and B will compete to advance to the finals.Anyang Cheonggwanjang, a member of Group A, has already secured a spot in the semifinals.

New Taipei maintained first place with 4 wins and 2 losses. SK, whose first goal of the game was a 3-pointer by Leon Williams, took advantage of the opponent’s turnovers and other mistakes to score 9 consecutive points, accumulating points from the beginning.SK took the lead, with Kim Hyung-bin and Jamil Warney hitting consecutive 3-pointers, and ended the first quarter with a 24-16 lead.SK faced New Taipei’s fierce pursuit in the second quarter, and even allowed the game to be tied at one point due to a turnover that resulted in a goal, but ended the first half with a 41-37 lead thanks to Warney’s tip-in score and a buzzer beater at the end of the quarter.

SK completely took the lead in the third quarter with Warney’s 3-point play followed by consecutive blocks from Williams and Warney, and just before the end of the quarter, Warney hit a buzzer beater near the halfway line to take a 12-point lead, 64-52. Entered the quarter.At the beginning of the last quarter, SK showed off their outstanding goal scoring ability when Warney hit a 3-pointer from a long distance, and 4 minutes and 50 seconds before the end of the game, Song Chang-yong’s 3-pointer, which he threw through the rim as time ran out, made it a 24-point lead and sealed the game. The pendulum was tilted.SK had a blast with Warney scoring 34 points and 18 rebouns, and Williams scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds.Meanwhile, New Taipei’s NBA player Jeremy Lin did not appear in this game due to a plantar fascia injury.His younger brother, New Taipei’s Joseph Lin, contributed with 10 points and 7 assists, and Tony Mitchell Jr. contributed 슬롯게이밍 with 12 points.

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