KGC Ginseng Corporation is aiming for a counterattack. SK sets out to harden.
Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation, which was hit in the first game, will play the second game of the championship match against the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball Seoul SK at the Anyang Indoor Gymnasium at 7 pm on the 27th. The winning team in the first leg of the championship match has a 72% (18/25) chance of winning.
KGC Ginseng Corporation was pushed back by SK in the first firefight. Omari Spellman (203cm, F) and Oh Se-geun (200cm, C) jointly scored 45 points, but Kim Seon-hyung (187cm, G) and Jamil Warney (200cm, C) did not reach the performance.
Spellman’s field goal success rate in Game 1 was only 37%. His three-point shooting percentage was only 21 percent. In particular, he attempted 6 3-pointers in the 3rd and 4th quarters, and missed them all.
Byun Jun-hyung (185cm, G) was also quiet. The presence of the main players shown in the semifinal playoffs could not be revealed. KGC Ginseng Corporation director Kim Sang-shik’s joker card lens Abando (188cm, G) also only made 3 field attempts.
On the other hand, SK took over the first round of the championship match. They are on a 16-game winning streak since the 6th round of the regular season.
The players who brought victory in the first game were definitely Kim Seon-hyung and Warney. Kim Seon-hyeong recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 2 steals with a field goal success rate of 67%. It was an overwhelming performance.
In SK, except for Kim Seon-hyung and Warney, no player had an overwhelming performance, but all of them hit the right spot. I lightened the shoulders of the two aces.
How do Basket Korea reporters view the match and this series?
Q. How do you view the second leg of the championship match?
Kim Woo-seok (hereafter referred to as Kim) : In the first game, KGC Ginseng Corp. was expected to have a 5.5 to 4.5 advantage, but SK continued its winning streak through the second half advantage and won with a 72% chance of winning. The second game is expected to be a close match to the extent that it is difficult to predict victory.
First, SK has good momentum. To the point where it doesn’t seem likely. Kim Seon-hyung and Warney are continuing their good looks to the point where the word “everyone” is shabby. It seems that there is no way to even control the two players. He is unrivaled in scoring, assists and rebounding required. Leading by Choi Bu-gyeong (200cm, F), the supporting actors are also full of nutrients. If he scores poorly, he is showing 100% of his capabilities in his defense. This is one of the reasons why I was able to stop the 1th round of kgc ginseng construction attack with 69 points.
KGC Ginseng Corporation is somewhat ahead in terms of objective power. It is the first game that failed to raise the morale that fell in the semifinal playoffs. KGC Ginseng Corporation, which seemed to easily advance to the championship match with a big win in the first game of the semifinal playoffs, lost in the second game of the semifinal playoffs with a disappointing process, then advanced to the championship match with a new victory in the third game and a big win in the fourth game. It was a bit far from the solidity shown in the league. This was the reason why the first leg of the championship match was predicted to be close, and eventually became the cause of defeat. Game 2 seems to be somewhat different from Game 1. In particular, it will not stop at the low offensive power of 69 points in attack. It is expected to have a slight advantage in the melee.
Son Dong-hwan (hereafter referred to as Son) : I talked about it in the preview for the first game, but I thought it didn’t matter who won the first game. Even though there is a 72% chance (the probability that the team that won the first leg of the KBL championship match will win), it is because the two teams have to play 3 to 6 more games. So, SK coach Jeon Hee-cheol said, “It is meaningful to win one away game,” and did not attach much importance to “winning the first leg.”
But the second round is different. This is because if SK catches the 2nd game, the series can be developed with 2 wins, and if KGC Ginseng Corporation catches the 2nd game, the balance can be achieved with 1 win and 1 loss.
The former is absolutely advantageous to SK, and the latter is advantageous to KGC Ginseng Corporation. If SK wins 2, SK only needs to win 2 out of the remaining 5 games, and the latter can collapse SK, which has been running a winning streak. So both teams will use more energy in the second game.
Park Jong-ho (hereafter Park) : SK, who won the first game, had a 72% chance. This is a number that cannot be ignored. Even so, I don’t think kgc ginseng construction will be easy. He has the upper hand in objective power, and also has the upper hand in physical strength. In addition, it was a bit far from losing in a row from the regular season to the playoffs. In the last 4 rounds, after losing the 2nd game, he took the 3rd and 4th games and showed his potential. This is why the second round of KGC Ginseng Corporation is expected. Once defeated, KGC Ginseng Corporation will go out stronger. The key is to control Warney and Kim Seon-hyung.
SK succeeded in winning 16 consecutive games including the regular season. great momentum No matter how far behind, I don’t think SK will lose. The team is also boasting a great team atmosphere thanks to the winning streak. The problem is when the winning streak is broken. If that happens, the fatigue and burden of the team will increase. This is why it is not easy to predict SK’s victory even though SK has an advantage. However, SK is still in a better position, and if they catch it on an away game until the second game, there is a high possibility that SK’s drama will end with a happy ending. This is the reason why SK has to show ‘molppang basketball’ in the second game.
Bang Seong-jin (hereafter referred to as Bang) : KGC Ginseng Corporation is a team with a certain cycle rather than a team with one shot. Except for the first leg of the semi-final playoffs, the cycle of KGC Ginseng Corporation remains below average. Reversing doesn’t seem easy. A loss in the first leg will come under great pressure. If you give up all 2 home games, you have to play away until the 5th game.
SK had a golden opportunity. A victory in today’s match will lead to a victory soon. It is nice to see Kim Seon-hyung’s revival. Kim Sun-hyung, who struggled in the semi-final playoff against Changwon LG, spread his wings in the championship match. He proved why he was awarded the regular league MVP. SK will take it to the second game with Kim Seon-hyung.
Q. Who are the key matchups?
seaweed: After all, the four aces. It is a confrontation between Warnie and Spellman, and Kim Sun-hyung and Byun Jun-hyung. In Game 1, the three players did their part. Kim Seon-hyung and Warney jointly scored 45 points. Kim Sun-hyung added 12 assists and fulfilled his role 200%. Warney left a double-double. Spellman also played all 40 minutes and struggled with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Byun Jun-hyung was a bit disappointed. He left behind 11 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. It was a rather disappointing number compared to the time played. It was a somewhat disappointing record that did not live up to the nickname ‘Korean Irving’. The nutritional value of SK One Two Punch was also high. The success rate of Yatoo was also much higher. The performance of the four players is directly related to victory or defeat. This is why SK was able to catch the first game. KGC Ginseng Corporation needs the records of the two players to rise.
Son : The performance of Warney and Spellman in the second half influenced the performance of SK and KGC Ginseng Corporation in the second half. While Warney attacked the opponent with solid options such as mid-range floaters and bottom-of-the-box scoring, Spellman was consistent with an uncertain outside gun. As a result, Warney, who had a high probability attack, gave SK the victory.
Warney and Spellman will follow a similar strategy for Game 2. Because people don’t change easily. Warney’s attack pattern has a high probability, but Spellman’s attack method is explosive, so the attack confrontation between the two players will be fierce in the second game. Warney also praised Spellman’s offensive ability after the first game, saying, “Spellman is a player who can do deep threes and dunks.”
Gourd: I want to pick Kim Sun-hyung and Byun Jun-hyung this time too. In Game 1, Warney and Spellman performed similarly. The point where the game was divided was Kim Seon-hyung and Byun Jun-hyung. Kim Seon-hyeong neutralized KGC’s defense with 22 points and 12 assists, especially with a floater. Conversely, Byun Jun-hyung could not control Kim Seon-hyung in defense and only scored 11 points in offense. As much as he lost the regular season MVP racer, Byun Jun-hyung would not want to lose the championship game and the MVP race. That’s why Byun Jun-hyung is more likely to come out stronger in the second game. Byun Jun-hyung gave 32 points to Lee Jeong-hyeon (187cm, G) in the second round of the playoffs in the last quarter. However, in the next match, he showed a more fighting spirit and led the team to victory. This fighting spirit is highly likely to come out in the second match as well.
Bang : They are Kim Seon-hyung and Byun Jun-hyung. It is also the matchup that determined the outcome of the first game. The key is Byun Jun-hyung. Unlike Kim Seon-hyung, who continues to be active to some extent, Byun Jun-hyung has great ups and downs. Byun Jun-hyeong should at least maintain the presence of the main point guard. This is a prerequisite for KGC Ginseng Corporation not to be pushed by SK.
I want to pick one more matchup. Oh Se-geun and Choi Bu-kyung. The first game was Oh Se-geun’s complete victory. With 21 points, 16 rebounds and 1 assist, he bombed SK’s goal. Nevertheless, what ended with SK’s victory was a trap (?). Oh Se-geun’s skills are self-evident, but SK wouldn’t have tried to give 20+ points and 15+ rebounds. Boo-Kyung Choi’s exertion is essential.
Q. Is there a player who needs to be active?
seaweed: KGC Ginseng Corporation is also Abando. Coach Jeon Hee-chul was the player he was most wary of ahead of the championship game, but Abando left a disappointing appearance in the first game. In over 20 minutes of play, he only had 4 points and 2 rebounds. It was the biggest position to gain a match-up advantage along with Moon Seong-gon (195cm, F), but it left a lot to be desired. Abando activity is essential. In the attack, you must meet the expectations surrounding you.
For SK, I would like to pick Oh Jae-hyeon (186cm, G). Kim Seon-hyung, Warnie, and Choi Bu-kyung are steady. Jae-Hyun Oh is one of the most needed resources for the SK Champ because he is in the second and third positions that can be pushed in the match-up. While veteran Heo Il-young (195cm, F) continues to play his role, Oh Jae-hyeon should add strength to SK’s power with high energy level and defense. Oh Jae-hyeon, whose playing time was limited in the semi-finals, played for more than 10 minutes with Song Chang-yong (192cm, F) in the championship game and played a role in defense. The second game is also in the forward line confrontation, so Jae-hyun Oh’s power seems to be necessary.
Son : KGC Ginseng Corporation is Byun Jun-hyung. In the first game, Byun Jun-hyung did not show the ability to compete as well as Kim Seon-hyung. However, he said Game 2 should be different. Oh Se-geun and Omari Spellman can live together only when they show similar control over the match. When that happens, KGC Ginseng Corporation can lead the championship match with a better flow.
In the case of SK, they are players who shoot from the corner. Choi Seong-won (184cm, G) and Song Chang-yong lightened the shoulders of Kim Seon-hyung and Warney with corner 3 points, and Kim Seon-hyung and Warney, whose shoulders became lighter, dominated the game.
Same goes for the 2nd round. The shooter in the corner should disturb the KGC Ginseng Corporation defense. If the result is different from the first game, SK’s victory in the second game cannot be guaranteed. If they produce similar or better results than the first game, SK’s second game could be more hopeful.
Park : I want to hire Byun Jun-hyung from KGC Ginseng Corporation. The reason is the same as the core matchup. Byun Jun-hyung should play the role of a solver. I think the performance of Moon Seong-gon is also important. The power of SK Forward is inferior compared to KGC Ginseng Corporation. Because there are Moon Seong-gon and Oh Se-geun. As it is a position where you can definitely gain an edge, you need to give more help in other areas as well. You need to do more on offense as well as defense, which is your main specialty.
In SK, I want to hire Choi Seong-won, Oh Jae-hyeon and Song Chang-yong. Currently, SK’s clear axis is Kim Sun-hyung and War. In addition, Heo Il-young and Choi Bu-kyung are undoubtedly the main players. We have to compete in good faith for the remaining one spot. The player who has received the most roles so far is Choi Seong-won. You must definitely respond to this. Oh Jae-hyun and Song Chang-yong should become so-called ‘crazy players’. In the first game, Song Chang-yong did his part in the offense and defense. If he continues his surprise performance in the second game, it will be a great help to SK. Oh Jae-hyun tried 5 3-pointers in the first game and only succeeded in 1. In SK, there is a legend that Oh Jae-hyun wins when he makes three 3-point shots. It is Oh Jae-hyun who must summon the legend again to win the championship match.
room: Abando should lead KGC Ginseng Corporation’s counterattack. I played for a longer time than I expected, but the small performance was still the same. He only had 3 field goal attempts despite playing over 20 minutes. Abando still has some defensive weaknesses. He means that he is a player who sees the attack and throws it in. Such a player should not stop at 3 field goal attempts.
SK is a mannequin trio. The role is more important in defense than offense. Byun Jun-hyung must be strongly pressed. If you kill Byun Jun-hyung’s grass, he might play an easier game than you think. He is a very likely scenario.
Q. What moves will the two teams pull out?
Kim : Through the first game, both teams showed a big picture. There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference in the second round. What was different from the semifinal playoffs was the selection of players. KGC Ginseng Corporation expanded the range of Abando equipment, and SK moderated Song Chang-yong and Oh Jae-hyun. Abando showed a strong side to SK in the regular league, and SK seemed to be used to block his activity and scoring power. SK selection was successful. Abando only scored 4 points. The two players combined for 8 points and 1 rebound while playing 26 minutes. It was a record of successful offense and defense.
KGC Ginseng Corporation liked Spellman and Oh Se-geun. Byun Junhyung was a little disappointed. Abando’s relative sluggishness, which was judged to be a variable for victory, led to a low score of 69 points, and SK was the opposite. For KGC Ginseng Corporation, Abando activity is essential to catch the series. It seems that Avan will also apply a method to increase scoring power. It seems to be a necessary task for the morale of the entire squad.
SK has nothing much to change. It seems that communication is necessary to boost morale to optimize current performance. This is one of the parts that are evaluated as the greatest ability of director Jeon Heechul. Through restrained communication, he continues to have a good relationship with the team. Maintenance is the key.
Son : Abando is a player who was strong against SK among the KGC Ginseng Corporation players. However, he only managed 4 points in the championship match. Abando, which had lost firepower, was Gyereuk. Because he is a player with poor defensive presence.
When Abando’s firepower runs out, a replacement must come out. Park Jihoon (184cm, G) and Bae Byungjun (188cm, G) are typical examples. At the same time, he must find a way to save Abando. This is because when the variable called Abando explodes, KGC Ginseng Corporation can easily solve the series.
SK’s strategy is unlikely to change. However, the extent to which Kim Seon-hyung and Warnie are rude (?) may vary. In that case, you need an option to distribute the stamina of the two players. The corner 3 points mentioned above are not enoughㅋㅋㅋ벳. This is why the movements of players excluding Kim Seon-hyung and Warney are likely to be the basis for SK’s second game strategy.
Park : There will be no big changes as SK has definitely brought the atmosphere by recording a winning streak. The prepared defense went well, and Kim Seon-hyeong and Warney’s ‘molbread basketball’ worked well in attack. Oh Jae-hyeon and Choi Seong-won’s out-of-bounds shots were disappointing, but Song Chang-yong’s surprise performance was also welcome. As much as we won the first leg, we will go with a similar tactic.
On the contrary, KGC Ginseng Corporation prepared various defenses to prevent SK’s attack under the goal. However, it collapsed in front of SK’s plotter. This time, there was a sense of pressure to block not only the defense behind the goal, but also the mid-range area. However, kgc ginseng construction coaching staff and players have the ability to do these defense. As the reason for the loss in the first game is the plotter, attention is paid to what kind of defense he will play in the second game. In addition, the answer must be found in the attack power tied to 69 points. He attempted 31 3-pointers, only making 6 of them. I would have adjusted the weight of the 3-point shot and prepared a little more variety of attacks.
room: KGC Ginseng Corporation will firmly block the high post. The key is to prevent Kim Sun-hyeong and Warney from entering the mid-range. We need to actively utilize the wide range of defense of Moon Sung-gon and Yang Hee-jong (194cm, F). It is better to control Kim Seon-hyeong and Warney and fight the corner 3-point shot probability.
SK will try to reduce Oh Se-geun’s influence. It is possible to give up some points and rebounds, but Oh Se-geun’s performance in the first game exceeded the expected range. Help defense is not easy. Choi Boo-kyung should be strong. It would be best to make pictures that weary of each other.