The strategy worked well as I thought.”
Anyang KGC won 81-67 in the second leg of the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball Championship against Seoul SK held at Anyang Indoor Gymnasium at 7:00 pm on the 27th.
With this, KGC took revenge for the loss in the last game and returned the series to the starting point with 1 win and 1 loss. Looking at the historical record, the probability of winning the second game after losing the first game of the championship is 41.7% (5 out of 12). If they lost on this day, it would be a very important victory for KGC, who had to play 3 consecutive matches in Jamsil with 2 losses.
He also broke the chain of three consecutive championship losses. KGC lost the championship to SK in the 4th and 5th games in the championship last season, and also knelt down in the 1st game of the championship this season. However, on this day, SK was captured and the embers of the 2nd combined championship in the history of the club were saved.
Oh Se-geun flew with 21 points and 9 rebounds, and Abando recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, washing away the sluggishness of the last game. Byun Jun-hyung also played an active role with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and Spellman recorded a double-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. At the same time, he overcame ‘Molppang Basketball’ by blocking Jamil Warney and Kim Seon-hyeong with 9 and 10 points, respectively.
After the game, KGC coach Kim Sang-shik said, “The preparation was good. While concentrating on defense, I tried to reduce the points scored by Jamil Warney and Kim Seon-hyung, and tried to induce physical exhaustion while defending from the front. The strategy worked well as I thought.”
▲ The following is a Q&A session with director Kim Sang-shik.
– Today, Spellman was concentrating on passing.
He talked a lot about the fact that it was not a fight with Warney, but a fight with SK. Spellman himself agreed and said that he would work hard for the team rather than personal greed in the future. Something like that came out today. I focused a lot on passing and rebounding. It fit well overall.
– Kim Seon-hyung matchup with Moon Seong-gon.
blocked effectively. In the second line, I prepared a lot of things. I got one or two hits in the 3-point, but overall, it went well as I prepared.
(Was there any intention to lighten the burden of Byun Jun-hyung’s defense?) There is also a side like that. Also, Moon Seong-gon is very good at defense. Seonggon put pressure from the front and prepared to change the matchup in the second line.
– As expected before the game, Abando was excited.
Well done today. Of course, there were some regrettable parts in the defense, but more than that, he played a role in the offense. I hope today’s match will boost my confidence. I think I will do better in the future. I intend to continue to use it for a long time.
– Do you intend to instruct Abando to catch the ball from the inside in the future?
The inside is the same, and even if I catch the ball from the outside, I plan to break through to the bottom of the goal. The reason I took it off for a while was because I felt like I was in a bit of a hurry, so I brought it in. I will continue to talk to you so that we can do wellㅋㅋㅋ벳.
– In the 12-point difference and 13-point difference, a lot of sixth men were used. It must have been a difficult decision.
The players were very tired. It was intended to put more pressure defensively. Like Moon Seong-gon, the main players suffered a lot. So, I put in the sixth man players and finished it.
– Blocked Warney with a single-digit score.
Last Game 1, I think Spellman got a little excited. Today, on the contrary, Warney’s attack doesn’t go well, so I think he’s a little excited. In a way, it was the opposite of the first game. While pointing out what we did well today, we will pay more attention to the offense so that we can win Game 3 as well.
– Due to a schedule change, the Jamsil Expedition will be played 3 times in a row. Is there an evaluation that KGC is unfavorable?
There is also regret. But it is an unavoidable situation. We will do our best to compete in the given situation. Apparently, basketball, like any other sport, can have an advantage at home. there won’t be any impact. Still, I told the players to do their best no matter where they played. The schedule has been decided, so that’s the only thing. The 6th and 7th games will be held at our home, so we will do our best until the end.
– With the last 5 minutes left, SK took out all the key players.
I was surprised. After that, we chased up to 11 points, and we were also preparing for the replacement timing. However, after seeing the replacement of SK, I delayed it a bit. Also, since we lost the first game, if the score gap narrowed further, the opponent could change everything to the starting lineup. We took it longer to see even a minute or two.