‘9 minutes of silence to 5 points in the fourth quarter’ Sono suffers humiliating loss to KT

They didn’t score a single point in 9 minutes and 15 seconds. Goyang Sono suffered a humiliating defeat as they were plagued by terrible free throw shooting.

Goyang Sono fell to a 64-82 defeat against Suwon KT in the third round of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association at Suwon KT Arena on Friday.

Sono lost its fourth straight game and fell to 8-12 on the season. It was also their third straight loss against KT. Meanwhile, KT, which snapped its losing streak, improved to 13-7 and moved within two games of second-place Changwon LG (15-5).

Both teams played without their aces. Sono was without Lee Jung-hyun, who injured his shoulder in a game against Daegu’s Korea Gas Corp. on Nov. 10, and KT was without Heo Hoon, who will need four weeks of recovery after breaking his nose in a game against Samsung Electronics in Seoul on Nov. 12.

SONO took the early momentum. Kim Kang-sun, Jeon Sung-hyun, Chinanu Onuaku, and Kim Min-wook all scored to take the lead. KT responded with 13 points from Paris Bass, but it wasn’t enough. SONO led 40-35 at halftime.

SONO pushed further at the start of the third quarter. Kim Min-wook hit back-to-back three-pointers, and Kim Kang-sun’s shot went through the rim. The score was 52-40, a 12-point lead.

However, SONO’s offense started to falter. All of their shots missed the rim, leaving them with only seven points with seven minutes left in the third quarter. KT seized the opportunity and went into the final quarter tied at 59-59 after a Bass three-pointer.

The fourth quarter was even worse. Sono was held scoreless for the first 8:13 of the quarter, failing to score a single point. In the meantime, KT scored 19 points, led by Bass, who exploded under the basket, to take the lead for good.

Sono could have easily tied the all-time record for fewest points scored in a quarter. No team in the history of professional basketball has ever scored less than two points in a quarter. Narrowing it down to the fourth quarter, the last time that happened was in 1998 when Incheon Daewoo Securities scored two points against Daejeon Hyundai, and in 2009 when Incheon Electronic Land scored two points against Wonju Dongbu.

Sono broke the long silence by scoring after Ham Jun-hoo’s steal with 1:47 left in regulation. It was the first time the Sono scoreboard had moved after nine minutes and 15 seconds of silence.

To make matters worse for Sono, Onuaku was ejected for a technical foul following a U-foul in the final minute of the game. If Min Ki-nam hadn’t hit a three-pointer with 21 seconds left, Sono would have tied the record for fewest points in a quarter in professional basketball history. His five points are tied for eighth all-time for fewest points in a fourth quarter.

On the night, Sono shot 16 two-pointers, making 6 of them, and 13 three-pointers in 39 attempts. He shot just 34% from the field, especially in the fourth quarter, when he took three 2-pointers and eight 3-pointers and made only one of each. It was a late-game offense that didn’t deserve to win.

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