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Ethan Alvano's Wonju edges Justin Gutang's Changwon

Ethan Alvano put up decent numbers for Wonju as Justin Gutang sat out for Changwon. KBL (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Ethan Alvano did pretty well in Wonju's tight 102-94 win against Changwon in their KBL battle on Tuesday night at the Changwon Gymnasium.

The former Alab Pilipinas star finished with 11 points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal, but more importantly, he helped the Promy hold off a gritty Sakers side that turned their game into a wild one after a hot second quarter.

Dewan Hernandez led Wonju with 29 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one steal, Doo Kyung-Min added 23 points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal, and Kang Sang-Jae put up 20 points, going 4-for-4 from three-point range, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Assem Marei paced Changwon with 27 points, 13 rebounds, one block, and three steals, while skipper Lee Kwan-Hee added 23 points, three rebounds, and two assists.

Justin Gutang sat out the game.

Meanwhile, Ulsan showed that it can still dominate even without RJ Abarrientos after drubbing Seoul Samsung, 81-64, at the Jamsil Arena in the South Korean capital.

The Phoebus bounced back from their Sunday loss to the Sakers in style, stifling the Thunders almost all game long.

Justin Knox flirted with a 20-20 after finishing with 18 points and 19 rebounds with one assist, while Seo Myeong-Jin added 16 points, two rebounds, three assists, four steals, and one block for Ulsan.

Emanuel Terry made 17 markers, six boards, one dime, two swats, and one swipe for Seoul Samsung, which also opted to give its own Filipino import, Christian David, a day-off.

Wonju and Ulsan remain tied for second place with identical 5-2 records, a game and a half behind league-leading Anyang (7-1), while Changwon and Seoul Samsung are tied for fifth with 3-4 slates.

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