Sat. Jun 10th, 2023

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RJ Abarrientos and the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus. –KBL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—RJ Abarrientos and the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus moved closer to a semifinals appearance in the Korean Basketball League after defeating the Goyang Carrot Jumpers, 86-71, on Sunday.

Ulsan took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three duel.

Abarrientos, who won league Rookie of the Year honors, helped Hyundai’s cause with nine points, five assists and three rebounds to inch closer to a semis clash with top seed Anyang KGC.

Rhenz Abando’s Anyang automatically clinched a seed ticket after sealing the top seed and KBL regular season title.

Seo Myong-Jin was the leading scorer for Ulsan with 18 points and five assists while Ham Ji-Hoon proved to be a presence in the paint with 16 markers and seven boards.

Over at the Goyang side of things, Lee Jung-Hyun’s 21-point outing was put to waste. Dedric Dawson also notched a double-double performance with 20 points and 13 boards in a losing effort.

On the other end of the bracket where Justin Gutang’s Changwon LG Sakers are waiting, the Seoul SK Knights trounced the Jeonju KCC Egis, 89-73, to take a 1-0 series lead.

Like Anyang, Changwon clinched a seed seat after finishing as the second seed of the season with a 36-18 record.

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