‘Lee So-hee’s Best 5’ Women’s Basketball BNK defeats Chinese Taipei to take 2nd place in Jones Cup
Korea defeats Chinese Taipei A team 93-76 with a full complement of international players
Lee scores 31 points, including four 3-pointers, in her final game.
Busan BNK, 토토 led by 31 points from Lee So-hee, defeated Chinese Taipei in the final game of the 42nd William Jones Cup to finish in second place.
The BNK defeated the Chinese Taipei A team, comprised of national-level players, 93-76 in the fifth game of the tournament at Heping Gymnasium in Taipei City, Taiwan, on Monday afternoon (June 9).
With a 3-1 record prior to the game, BNK was tied for second place with Taiwan A, and with the victory, BNK finished the tournament in second place with a 4-1 record, behind Japan’s Champsong Cosmetics (5-1).
With a lopsided home crowd cheering them on, BNK struggled to score in the early going, missing the rim with every shot they took.
Park tried to turn the tide midway through the first quarter, when BNK trailed 4-9, by subbing in Kim Han-byul and taking a timeout.
BNK tied the game after a steal by Lee So-hee and seemed to be on their way to a 17-13 lead after back-to-back three-pointers by Lee, but the game went back-and-forth to end the first quarter 21-20.
BNK opened the second quarter with a three-pointer from Lee, but the lead remained slim as Taiwan continued to fight back.
Head coach Park Jung-jeong brought back Lee So-hee from the bench and she scored as soon as she returned to the court, and BNK began to pull away from the Taiwanese A team.
Kim Han-byul hit a two-pointer as the shot clock expired, followed by another free throw to complete a three-point play, 안전놀이터 and on the ensuing possession, Jin-An converted a fastbreak layup for an eight-point lead.
Leading 46-38 at halftime, BNK rattled off points in the third quarter, with back-to-back threes from Lee So-hee and Han Um-ji putting them up by as many as 14 points at one point.
In the fourth quarter, which started with a three-pointer from Kim Ji-Eun hitting the rim, BNK took a 17-point lead on a two-pointer from Kim Han-Byul with just over seven minutes left in the game, and a jumper from Jin-An made it 84-67 with 3:43 left in the game.
With 3:19 left in the game, Jin An was ejected with five fouls, but Park Sung-jin drove in two points just before the end to seal a 93-76, 17-point victory and second place.
Lee So-hee, who shined with 31 points, including four 3-pointers on the day, averaged 18.2 points in the tournament to earn a spot in the top five.
Han Um-ji followed with 15 points and Jin-an, playing in her home country, added 14 points and six rebounds.
At the post-game ceremony, the players were all smiles as they received medals around their necks, 스포츠토토 raising expectations for the upcoming season.