Seoul SK Knights prevented Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation from winning 11 consecutive wins.
In the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Regular League held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul on the 19th, SK formed a triangle formation of Kim Seon-hyeong (0 points, 10 assists), Choi Bu-kyung (12 points, 12 rebounds), and Jamil Warney (25 points, 13 rebounds). Omari Spellman (20 points, 7 rebounds), Lens Abando (19 points), Oh Se-geun (17 points), Byun Jun-hyung (12 points) defeated KGC with a score of 85 to 79.
▶First Half = Winning Department SK and KGC responded differently.
The opponent you faced in the championship match last season. At that time, SK defeated KGC and won the championship. However, the position has changed 180 degrees.
KGC’s 10-game winning streak. He is solidifying his position as the strongest player this season. On the other hand, SK’s ace Choi Jun-yong is still unable to come out due to an injury. SK was the ‘defending champion’, but this match was a ‘challenger’.
SK, which has the best one-two punch in the league, Kim Seon-hyung and Warney, was not easy. With 6 minutes and 3 seconds left, Kim Seon-hyung ventured to break through the goal as it was after stealing. Completed a basket count 3-point play.
10-8, SK’s comeback.
KGC was in no hurry. There was definitely room for the strongest. Abando easily tied the score with a quick dunk. However, SK regained the upper hand with Choi Seong-won’s mid jumper. Then, Oh Se-geun lightly added a shot under the goal.
In terms of objective power, KGC has the upper hand. Here is the league’s top-notch organization and skilled veterans. However, SK also has a lot of experience in big games. Both teams knew how to play a difficult game.
Choi Seong-Won’s 3-pointer exploded due to Kim Seon-Hyung’s behind-the-scenes back pass. In SK, Seong-Won Choi scored 7 points in a row at the beginning of the 1st quarter, and KGC gave up the lead as his entry pass was broken several times in the beginning.
When SK gained momentum in the early stages, they disbanded the Three Guards (Kim Seon-hyung, Oh Jae-hyeon, and Choi Seong-won). Heo Il-yeong was put in place of Choi Seong-won. Immediately exploded 3 stores. Certainly, Heo Il-young’s form recently wasn’t bad. When the atmosphere was not serious, KGC immediately cut off the flow with operation time.
However, Kim Seon-hyung’s quick attack due to KGC’s mistake and a unique floater score. It went up by 10 points. KGC responded with Spellman’s 3 runs. Spellman blocked Warney’s one-on-one under the goal with good defense, and scored another 3 points.
From KGC’s point of view, spellman is a ‘double-edged sword’. I prefer to play on the outside in offense, and KGC’s ups and downs originate from this. However, what sets it apart from other mercenary players is that it is competitive in defense under the goal based on its excellent power. He is also active in defending the team. He has great power and athleticism and rebounds well. In other words, KGC shows ups and downs, but it is the key reason why it is ranked first in the regular league with 10 consecutive wins. At the end of the first quarter, it was a trend that could lean toward SK, but Spellman’s 3-point and 2-room score was a score that made us feel the power of KGC. In an instant, the score narrowed to 4 points.
When the atmosphere is not serious, SK’s operation time. SK, who had been in the front line, balanced the flow that was focused on KGC again with Warney’s 1:1, which was the most certain. Scores in basketball have different meanings. It’s the same two points, but in what flow and how it explodes has a very important effect on winning or losing. Warney’s two points were therefore more valuable. In the end, 26-20, in the first quarter, SK succeeded in overpowering the baseline.
First attack in the 2nd quarter. Warney broke through Spellman’s defense after several fakes. Choi Bu-kyung’s mid-jumper exploded. On the other hand, in KGC, Oh Se-geun’s under-the-goal shot was stolen, and Byun Jun-hyung threw a 3-pointer, but it was misfired.
Kim Seon-hyeong’s floater penetrated the rim again. 32-20. SK’s 12-point lead.
KGC’s subtle weakness lies here. With motion offense as the axis, the percentage of perimeter attacks is high. Because of this, the probability of attack drops slightly in the match where you have to score to break the flow. Because of this, when you meet a solid team in karate, there are often cases where you cannot break the flow. In other words, the stall speed is slightly lower in the ability to cope with the victory. Good objective power, defensive organization, individual abilities and veterans’ sacrificial spirit make up for this weakness, but it can act as a weakness in the playoffs. On the other hand, SK, which survived until the end of last season, has considerable cohesiveness in picking out two important points in the game centered on Warney and Kim Seon-hyung. Take a good shooting selection without overdoing it. The reason why SK, weakened by Ahn Young-jun’s absence and Choi Jun-yong’s injury, was able to overwhelm KGC until the middle of the second quarter. However, KGC definitely had power. Back-up guard Park Ji-hoon made a shot under the goal in a fast break situation, and Han Seung-hee blocked a shot, which led to Abando’s quick break.
Before the season, KGC’s second unit was generally evaluated as weak, but the more they play, the more solid they are, centered on Derek Monroe, Park Ji-hoon, and veteran Yang Hee-jong. In the end, Abando’s two free throws were added, and it seemed to end with KGC’s pursuit of 42-39, 3 points. However, as Warney fired a tough 3-pointer at the same time as the 2nd quarter buzzer, he did not give up the flow of the first half.
▶Second half = Shooting selection and Kim Seon-hyung’s presence. The winner was divided.
In the third quarter, KGC opened the door with Abando’s powerful dunk shot by Byun Jun-hyung’s exquisite pass. SK responded with Choi Bu-kyung’s breakthrough under the goal by 2-2.
Byun Jun-hyung exploded the deep 3 as it was. Then, Warney scored two points with his unique floater. Both teams struggled to keep the momentum going. such an important moment.
After Moon Seong-gon’s steal, Spellman’s fast dunk exploded. After Abando’s mid jumper and Spellman’s spin move, a tough mid jumper exploded. Certainly the shooting selection was all shaky, but KGC had a strong force of talent.
tied 50-50. The flow of KGC at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Byun Jun-hyung’s early offense. While hitting the bottom of the goal, he broke through with his unique hesitation move and completely tore through the SK defense before connecting to Oh Se-geun under the goal. He even got a bottom shot and a foul. Oh Se-geun and Byun Jun-hyeong did a high-five. It seemed to mean that he overcame the struggle in the first half and finally got his chance in the third quarter.
It has been a fierce battle since then. The flow seemed to have passed to KGC, but SK’s cohesion was outstanding. Choi Bu-gyeong slid the ball out of the sideline, and Kim Seon-hyeong connected it with a fast break. Then, KGC succeeded in 3 points from Abando’s corner. A two-on-two attack between Seonhyung Kim and Warney broke out. Kim Seon-hyung’s pass and Warney’s mid-range floater came out. Then, for KGC, Abando broke through the bottom of the goal. Warney’s unexpected 3 stores followed. 65-61, SK’s 4-point lead. 1 minute 58 seconds left in the third quarter.
A breakthrough by Byun Jun-hyung’s 2v2 came out. SK finally kept the lead. However, KGC succeeded in the chase in a situation where they hadn’t put all their efforts yet. 65-63, SK’s 2-point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the 4th quarter, KGC succeeded in reversing. Moon Seong-gon’s sharp side breakthrough, and Oh Se-geun caught the bound pass, and he even got a bottom-of-the-goal shot and a foul. However, the free throw misses.
In SK, Heo Il-young’s corner 3 store broke due to a perfect set offense. When Abando successfully landed a side-mid jumper, SK scored easily with Kim Seon-hyung and Choi Bu-kyung’s perfect 2-on-2 attack. Then, Kim Seon-hyung’s quick attack and Heo Il-young’s mid-jumper passed the rim. 72-67, 5-point lead.
In the match, SK showed why they were the final winners of last season’s survival game. I knew exactly how to solve the game in order to catch the flow or not give up. Thoroughly promised play, the most probable attack was created with skillful skill. On the other hand, compared to SK, KGC, which has a strong power, is a little more unstable in attack cohesiveness and shooting selection. The key reason why SK, which is not a normal power, led the flow until the beginning of the 4th quarter. Operation time of KGC.
Byun Jun-hyeong threw a tough mid jumper. misfire. At this time, a strong variable occurred. Choi Seong-won, who played a good role, went to the bench for an attacker foul and 5 fouls. Jaehyun Oh came in. However, Seongwon Choi is a tactically stretchy player. Oh Jae-hyun’s recent 3-point shot accuracy rate is not bad, but there was some regret in creating space under the goal by stretching. In addition, SK caught a team foul early with more than 5 minutes left in the game.
In KGC, Byun Jun-hyung’s 3 stores exploded. For SK, Bukyung Choi’s consecutive shots under the goal missed. KGC also had a fairly high concentration of defense.
Spellman threw a tough mid jumper in front of Warney from the side. It was sucked right into the rim. Reversal. Then, this time Warney succeeded with a mid jumper. Reversal by 1 point again.
With 2 minutes and 47 seconds remaining in the game. Now, One Possession is the place where victory is decided.
Kim Seon-hyung showed off his ace instinct. A sharp pass to Choi Bu-kyung after tearing through the KGC defense with a left break. The shot under the goal went through the rim. SK’s lead by 3 points.
On the other hand, KGC weave action on the outskirts. However, the off-the-ball movement was weak. In the end, I couldn’t create a clear attacking chance. Warney blocks Byun Jun-hyung’s time-challenged mid-jumper. 스포츠토토
At this time, SK’s Kim Seon-hyeong’s drive and kick connected to Oh Jae-hyeon. In the momentary open chance, Oh Jae-hyun burst into 3 stores. As KGC chased after it with two free throws, Kim Seon-hyung widened the score again with a mid-plotter this time. Then Oh Se-geun responded.
SK’s 81-77, 4-point lead with 1 minute remaining. KGC definitely didn’t have a good shooting selection on the day. Attacks with low probability came out several times in the match. However, the defense did not collapse. The strong pressure led to SK’s mistake and
brought the right to attack. Heo Il-yeong committed a foul. Moon Seong-gon’s two free throws landed cleanly. 81-79, 2-point lead.
SK’s Kim Seon-hyung’s step-back 3-pointer missed, but Choi Boo-gyeong broke through KGC’s tight net and passed the tip-in straight through the rim. Afterwards, KGC attempted a 3-point shot, but Choi Won-hyeok decided the win with a quick break after a decisive block shot.
KGC is definitely strong. The core is the Spellman under the goal, Oh Se-geun, Moon Seong-gon’s vitality, and Byun Jun-hyung’s outskirts. The second unit is also being strengthened as the game progresses. However, there is still an uneasy look in the match.
On the other hand, SK lacks Choi Jun-yong, but has a strong core centered on Kim Seon-hyung and Warney, showing excellent offensive cohesion. In defense, there are strong guards such as Oh Jae-hyeon, Choi Seong-won and Choi Won-hyeok. On this day, SK’s effective shooting selection, centered on overall activity and winning point Kim Seon-hyung, divided the win. He was definitely a ‘defending champion’.