“It’s a valuable victory” (KT coach Seo Dong-cheol)
“The players eagerly ran” (Korea Gas Corporation coach Yoo Do-hoon)
Suwon KT played the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot professional basketball regular league held at the Daegu Indoor Gymnasium on the 4th, Daegu Korea Gas Corporation defeated 76-73. With 17 wins and 21 losses, he ranked 6th alone. There is no game difference with Jeonju KCC (16-20), which is in 7th place.
Jarrod Jones (203cm, F) and Ha Yoon-gi (204cm, C) led their matchup to the top. A structure that makes it difficult for Korea Gas Corporation’s big man to block the paint zone. Jones and Yoon-Ki Ha passed to their teammates under the rim, and those who received the pass from Jones and Yoon-Ki Ha easily scored.
The one who stood out the most in the first quarter was Yang Hong-seok (195cm, F). Yang Hong-seok scored 11 points, including three 3s, in the first quarter alone. He boasted excellent shooting ability and vigorous movement in the second quarter as well. The record for the 2nd quarter was 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. It contributed to KT’s one-point advantage (44-43).
Jones played a variety of roles in the third quarter. He made 3-point shots one-on-one and helped Jung Sung-woo (178cm, G) score with a sharp pass from the top. 4 minutes and 30 seconds before the end of the 3rd quarter, they scored 3 points to turn the score 59-58. It was also the 3 points that induced KT’s first timeout in the second half스포츠토토 .
When Ha Yoon-gi went to the court for a while, KT’s performance was shaken. The KT bench did not see such a situation. Ha Yoon-ki reintroduced 1 minute and 37 seconds after the start of the 4th quarter. Ha Yoon-gi did his part at the crucial moment. The final score was made by scoring following the post-up 3 minutes and 6 seconds before the end of the game.
After the match, KT coach Seo Dong-cheol said, “We got a valuable victory. It is fortunate that the atmosphere of the stagnation was lifted. The concentration of the players was good,” he said.
He continued, “There is a big difference between when I’m focused and when I’m cluttered. However, I think the concentration in this game was good. In particular, Holloway did a good job defending,” he added.
On the other hand, KOGAS has lost 5 consecutive losses for the second time in the season. It was 3.5 games away from Suwon KT (17-21), who finished 6th with 13 wins and 24 losses.
Korea Gas Corporation’s biggest challenge is to ease the burden on Lee Dae-seong (190cm, G) and Murphy Holloway (196cm, F). To put it simply, another player’s score is exploding. Jeong Hyo-geun (200cm, F) played that role. He scored all three points on his first two attempts.
Korea Gas Corporation finished the first quarter in balance with KT. The score was 22-22. Lee Dae-sung and Holloway got time to rest. SJ Belrangel (177cm, G) and Jeong Hyo-geun (200cm, F), Lee Dae-heon (196cm, F) and Devon Scott (200cm, F) took their place.
Lee Dae-heon scored 4 points in a row at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, and Lee Dae-sung and Holloway moved in earnest. Lee Dae-sung showed his power near the free throw line, and Holloway showed power near the rim. In addition, the pass organicity and aggressiveness of the attack between the players of Korea Gas Corporation were not bad.
Nevertheless, KOGAS finished the third quarter with a score of 62-68. However, from the beginning of the 4th quarter, KT pushed. It balanced with KT 3 minutes and 57 seconds before the end of the game. The score is 71-71. However, they lost the last 3 minute fight.
KOGAS coach Yoo Hoon said after the match, “The players played the game with a desperate heart. So I was able to run the game well. But I wasn’t good at appointing players. It is my responsibility,” he said.
After that, “I made a bad situation. I want to say sorry to the fans. But I will do well in the next match. I will prepare well,” he said.