Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation, the winning team in the professional basketball regular season, has completely turned the tide of the championship match (champion match). They gave up the first game held in the home room, but after the reorganization, they put a solid defense at the forefront and drove Seoul SK, which exposed physical problems.
KGC won 81-70 against SK in the third round of the championship match held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul on the 29th. After catching the second game on the 27th, he succeeded in winning consecutively, preoccupying the 2nd win in the 4th best of 7 series.
Oh Se-geun shone again this time. With 23 points and 9 rebounds, he played a double-double level with more than 20 points in the 3rd game following the 1st and 2nd games. Moon Seong-gon, the best defender in the league, showed off his presence again by blocking SK’s attack. Lens Abando also contributed 120% of his share with 14 points. Despite his small stature, he showed excellent athleticism and recorded 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
KGC coach Kim Sang-sik gave credit to Daryl Monroe, a foreigner with the second option, and Park Ji-hoon, the sixth man. The two scored double digits each day. Coach Kim pointed out, “In a losing situation, Monroe did a good job so that theㅋㅋㅋ벳 score wouldn’t spread further,” and “Park Ji-hoon also played a role by releasing (the attack) well.”
For SK, the second match was the same defeat. The sluggishness of Jamil Warney and Kim Seon-hyeong, the two MVPs in the regular season, was painful. The two, who led the team’s victory by scoring 23 and 22 points side by side in the first game, struggled with KGC’s defense in the second and third games. As the game had been built around their two-man game throughout the season, the flow was noticeably stagnant when the two were blocked.
Shooting accuracy also dropped. In Game 3, Warney made 5 out of 20 (25%) 2-pointers, and Seonhyung Kim made only 2 out of 10 (20%). His stamina has also declined as he has been running non-stop since the regular season. The first half ended with a 37-31 lead, but the pace dropped noticeably from the 3rd quarter, allowing a turnaround and collapsing in the 4th quarter. Even SK coach Jeon Hee-cheol said, “The players are exhausted.” Choi Boo-gyeong played hard with 23 points and 9 rebounds, but it was far short of turning the game around.
The two teams will bet on the game of the series on the 1st and go to the 4th game. The team that wins 2 wins and 1 loss first has a 66.7% chance of winning.