A game that seemed to be virtually an ‘away vs. away’ match. Still, the home team was the home team. Busan BNK took a pleasant victory in their first Changwon game.
BNK won 73-61 in the home game against Incheon Shinhan Bank in the 6th round of Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 women’s professional basketball held at Changwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 19th. As a result, BNK narrowed the gap with Shinhan Bank in third place by 0.5 games.안전놀이터
The match was an important match for both teams. Before the game, Shinhan Bank tied for second place with Yongin Samsung Life Insurance, and BNK was right behind in fourth place. Depending on the results of the remaining games, the rankings could have been overturned, so we had to win unconditionally.
It was also the first women’s professional basketball (WKBL) game held at Changwon Indoor Gymnasium. Previously, BNK played a game at the Masan Indoor Gymnasium in the 2019-2020 season for the first time in a second match.
KBL Changwon LG has been using it as their home for 26 years, so it is a familiar place for basketball fans, but the Changwon Indoor Gymnasium was an unfamiliar environment for the players.
Unable to take advantage of the home games, BNK tried to make the stadium environment as similar to Sajik Indoor Gymnasium as possible. The team also said that they trained for a long time the day before to adapt.
Park Jeong-eun, coach of BNK, said before the game, “Still, the facilities are fine since we play at the men’s professional team’s home stadium.” At the same time, he also said, “The players think it’s home and overcome it.” Director Park also showed a positive response, saying, “I think the change in the environment can give tension or stimulation.”
“I think it’s good to greet the fans by playing a game like this,” said coach Park, “of course, important matches overlapped.” At the same time, he added, “It’s positive to show a game like this.”
At least the home team had time to adapt, but the away team had a hard time even. Shinhan Bank manager Gunadan said, “BNK had more time to prepare,” and “(on the 17th), after playing KB, I came down at 2:00 a.m. and tried to adjust for a while.” Coach Koo said, “There is a sense of pressure, and there are players who have never played here before,” but said, “It’s a game that many fans watch, so women’s basketball needs to be fun to develop.”
And the game that started, BNK finished the first quarter with a 7-point lead, and in the second quarter, the opponent’s attack was blocked with only 7 points, ending the first half with a score of 46-25. Shinhan Bank suffered difficulties with a low Yatoo success rate.
BNK dominated Shinhan Bank even in the second half. In the second half of the fourth quarter, BNK sent key players such as Lee So-hee, Kim Han-byeol, and Ahn Hye-ji to the bench, showing their composure in arranging their stamina. Shinhan Bank pursued at the last minute, but could not turn the tide.
If so, what do the players who played directly think? Jinan, who achieved a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds that day, confessed, “The size is different from Sajik Gymnasium,” and “I came yesterday (18th) and my shot didn’t go well.” He said, “I went better than resignation today,” and “It was good to come to Changwon and play a game because it was an opportunity to create fans in other regions.”