BASKETBALL | Anyang Tops Seoul to End EASL Champions Week on a High Note
Led by tourney MVP Omari Spellman, Anyang KGC outplays the Seoul SK Knights, their Korean Basketball League rivals, en route to the EASL Champions Week title.
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Korean Basketball League pride was on the line on the final day of the EASL Champions Week.
In Okinawa City, the East Asia Super League's title game pitted the KBL's top two teams from the 2021-22 season's playoffs: the reigning champion Seoul SK Knights and runner-up Anyang KGC.
On Sunday, March 5, Anyang earned a measure of revenge for last season's defeat to Seoul in the KBL Finals, producing a 90-84 win.
For Anyang, forward Darryl Monroe had a strong all-around game with 21 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Teammate Omari Spellman chipped in with 19 points and 11 boards, while Jun Hyeong Byeon added 16 points and five assists. Abando Rhenz and Ji Hoon Park scored 11 points apiece.
Anyang finished with a tournament-best 3-0 record.
Spellman was named the tournament MVP. The Villanova University alum led all players with 31.3 points per game and also averaged 10.6 rebounds.
Anyang shot 50.7% from the floor and registered 20 assists against six turnovers.
The SK Knights were outscored 24-10 in the second quarter and trailed 49-37 entering the second half.
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