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KBL: Rhenz Abando puts on late season highlight reel as Anyang spoils Suwon's outright semis bid

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Rhenz Abando had himself a night for Anyang as he led the erstwhile KBL champion to an 83-81 win against Suwon on Thursday night at the Suwon KT Sonicboom Arena.

Abando led the Red Boosters, already out of playoff contention, with 18 points highlighted by two highlight reel dunks that showed that he's already back from a devastating back injury last Christmas.

Abando finished 6-for-9 from the field including a near-flawless 5-of-6 on deuces along with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and four blocks for Anyang, which can close out the season on a high note with a win against Ulsan.

Robert Carter added 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Heo Hoon put up 23 points, two rebounds, four assists, and one steal for Suwon, whose hopes of still clinching an outright semifinal berth were totally shut down by the loss to Anyang, effectively handing Changwon the second seed and the first-round bye in the playoffs even if they lost to Seoul SK on the road.

The Knights sent a strong warning to the Sakers that they could still beat them sometime in the postseason even if they have to go through the quarterfinals with an 82-62 win at the Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul.

Jameel Warney led Seoul SK, which sealed the fourth seed in the playoffs after moving up to 31-22, with 21 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, and one block.

Kim Sun-Hyung added 12 points, two rebounds, and four assists, and Leon Williams went 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points with three rebounds and one block.

Yang Hong-Seok put up 19 points on four threes, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals for Changwon, which fell to 35-18.

Justin Gutang was held to zero field goal but he had four points, all on free throws, alongside one rebound and two assists.

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