Game 1 of the 2013 KBL championships was an instant classic.
The SK Knights seemed to be in full control as they never trailed the entire game. That is, until the last minute of the game when Mobis Phoebus’ verteran all-star point guard Dong-Geun Yang drilled a three pointer giving Mobis a one-point lead.
Benson (left) was a problem all night for Haynes.
The following posession, out of a time out, SK center Min-Soo Kim drove to the basket from the perimeter, attempted a ill advised dump turning the ball over. Holding onto a one-point lead with about 30 seconds to go, Mobis’ all-star forward Rod Benson received a post up on the left block and a “dream shake” later, he banked home what proved to be the dagger as Mobis took game 1 by a score of 76-71.
“I am so glad that we were able to take the lead late in the game. I was having a bad game until the third quarter. It’s really important that I control my tension during the game. That is what is going to keep me going towards the right direction.” says Yang who finished the game with 10 points.
In the first half, Mobis couldn’t get anything going offensively and SK seemed to be a little bit flat coming off a tough series vs. Anyang KGC. Mobis was able to stay in the game by playing great defensively.
Benson had a monster impact for Mobis both offensively, pouring in 16 points along with 10 rebounds, and defensively disrupting shots and shutting down Sk’s best weapon Aaron Haynes.
Haynes finished with a game 20 points but crucial turnovers and frustration towards Benson which resulted in a technical foul overshadowed his offensive performance.
The Benson vs. Haynes rivalry has existed since they both entered the league two seasons ago. It will be interesting to see it evolve as the series progresses.
Game 2 is scheduled to take place April 14th in Seoul.
Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.