S-Derby where bloody battles unfolded to the point of extension. The ruler was Jamil Warney, a foreign player from Seoul SK.
Warney started in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball regular league away game against Seoul Samsung held at Jamsil Gymnasium on the 16th, and played an active part with 43 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 39 minutes and 53 seconds. SK won 115-113 after a tight battle that went to overtime with support from Seonhyeong Kim (29 points, 2 rebounds, 13 assists) and Bukyung Choi (17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals).
It was a game where Warney’s performance stood out. Warney’s rebounds were below the season average (11.2 rebounds) as he was checked not only by Darral Willis and Anthony Moss, but also by Kim Seung-won. However, his firepower shone more than ever. All of Samsung’s big men actively attacked the bottom of the goal, aiming for foul trouble. He poured cold water on Samsung with a surprise 3-point shot.
Warney scored a total of 43 points on the day. It was Warney’s personal highest score. His previous record was 42 points against Jeonju KCC on November 28, 2021. In addition, he raised his record this season to an average of 23.9 points, continuing his advance toward the top scorer for two consecutive seasons. In second place is Omari Spellman (KGC) with 19.6 points. 안전놀이터
At the end of the game, there was also a questionable free throw success (?). SK faced 113-113 1.3 seconds before the end of the overtime. Warney got Jang Min-guk’s foul and stood on the free throw line. He succeeded in the first ball cleanly, and SK regained the initiative, so he could have deliberately missed the second ball. It was because the remaining time flowed naturally during the rebound competition, and the game was able to end without handing over the last attack.
Warney made the final free throw, breaking his personal record. In addition, Samsung’s last attack was blocked, and SK was also able to laugh at the end of the close battle.
Regarding Warney’s last free throw, manager Jeon Hee-cheol said, “I thought about instructing him not to put it in, but he didn’t even look at it. His throat hurt so he couldn’t even scream (laughs). Considering the general situation, I thought it might be right not to include it, but I just left it normal. After that (buzzer beater) went in, he thought, ‘It can’t be helped.’” He looked back.