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Jones’ SBS on 11-Game Winning Streak

Posted February. 27, 2005 22:53,   


The SBS Stars finally tied the record for the longest winning streak in pro basketball.

At the 2004-2005 pro-basketball match against the Samsung Thunders held on February 27 at Anyang Gymnasium, the Stars were powered by the play of Dontae Jones (36 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists) in the midst of cheers from 5,520 home fans and won, 109-91. The Stars have won all 11 of their February matches since Jones joined the team.

The Stars, who are on an 11-game winning streak for the first time since the 97-98 season Hyundai team (now KCC) and the 2001-2002 season SK team, will try to break pro basketball’s winning streak record March 1 at Anyang against the KTF Magic Wings.

Having had 18 wins and 20 losses by the end of January, the Stars had uncertain hopes of joining the playoffs, but at 29 wins and 20 losses now, the team is ranked fourth in the league and is only a game away from the third-ranked team, KCC Egis.

During the 11-game winning streak, the Stars won by 13.8 points on average, and the closest game was won by nine points.

Jones, who is leading the Stars on their winning streak, displayed his extraordinary skills as usual this day. Having scored only 11 points in the first half, he stormed the court in the second half. The Stars were only four points ahead at one point in the third quarter, but widened the gap to 67-50 when Jones scored eight consecutive points with two three-pointers and a two-pointer, almost confirming the victory. Jones scored 14 points in the third quarter alone.

The fourth quarter was the Stars’ “showtime.” Jones and Thomas Junior Burrough (20 points) made four dunk shots, and Yang Hee-seung (17 points) added a three-pointer as if to celebrate their victory.

The Thunders’ Seo Jang-hoon (27 points), who wore a brace due to a neck injury, only scored six points in the second quarter. Although his team lost, its place in the standings (sixth place, 23 wins 26 losses) stayed the same since the SK Knights also lost to the KTF Magic Wings that day.

The league-leading TG Xers pushed the Daegu Orions to their fifth consecutive loss, defeating them, 90-74 and lowering their “magic number” for victory in the regular league to one. If the Xers win their match against the LG Sakers on March 1 in Changwon, the team will automatically win the league for the second consecutive year.

Jong-Seok Kim kjs0123@donga.com