“I worry more” (LG coach Cho Sang-hyun)
“Being good at our things comes first” (SK coach Jeon Hee-chul)
Changwon LG will be held at the Changwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 14th in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball Quarterfinal Playoff Game 1. Against Seoul SK.
From the 2022-2023 season, coach Jo Sang-hyun, who was newly appointed, identified LG’s strengths and weaknesses. Coach Cho Sang-hyun, who identified the strengths and weaknesses, communicated a lot with the team. The purpose of communication was to give the team the necessary color.
The color that director Cho Sang-hyun tried to put on is ‘sticky air defense movement’. He laid the foundation for a quick attack with solid defense and pursued organized and organic offensive movements.
The color change that LG wanted came out well. ‘Sticky defense’, ‘strong energy level’, and ‘quick attack transition’ are being done well. Lee Jae-do (180cm, G), Lee Kwan-hee (191cm, G), and Asem Marey (202cm, C) held the center, and Yoon Won-sang (181cm, G) and Jeong In-deok (196cm, F) came out newly. The power of the second unit consisting of Justin Gutang (188cm, F) – Kim Junil (200cm, C) – Dante Cunningham (203cm, F) was also great. 토토사이트
Thanks to solid preparation and various lineups, LG advanced to the semifinal playoffs with a sole second place (36 wins, 18 losses). But there is a lot of concern. This is because Maray, a foreign player with the first option, cannot play due to a calf injury, and Reggie Perry (203cm, C), who hastily recruited, has to replace Maray.
LG coach Jo Sang-hyun said before the game, “I am excited and excited, but I have more worries. To be honest, I have a lot of worries. It is because Asem Marey, who is 50% of the team’s strength, is missing, and it is unknown how well the new foreign player will adapt.”
He continued, “(Perry) is a good player for performance. But on March 23rd, I took a break after the G-League ended, and it wasn’t long before I joined. Still, he has to play well right now,” he added.
Meanwhile, SK is trying to continue the momentum of the 6th round of the regular league and the 6th round of the playoffs.
SK won the combined championship in the 2021-2022 season. This is because Kim Seon-hyeong (187cm, G) – Ahn Young-jun (195cm, F) – Choi Jun-yong (200cm, F) – Jamil Warney (199cm, C) showed competitiveness, and SK coach Jeon Hee-cheol created a synergy effect between the main axis resources.
However, SK’s 2022-2023 season power is not very good. This is because Ahn Young-jun enlisted in the military after the end of the 2021-2022 season, and Choi Jun-yong also left due to plantar fasciitis just before the opening. Key backup resources such as Yang Woo-seop (185cm, G), Choi Won-hyuk (182cm, G), and Song Chang-yong (191cm, F) were also excluded from the entry due to injury.
SK’s unstable power was revealed in the official opening game of the 2022-2023 season. Lost 75-88 in Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation. After opening, they recorded 4 wins and 8 losses in 12 games.
However, after Choi Jun-yong, who was injured, and Choi Seong-won (184cm, G), who was discharged from the military, returned, SK was on the rise. Choi Jun-yong got out again, but Kim Seon-hyung and Warney led the rise. So SK won all 9 games in the 6th round and 3 playoff games in the 6th round. We are going to continue our momentum against LG.
SK coach Jeon Hee-chul said before the game, “Without Marey, LG’s rebound and defense could be weak. You need to hit that point. However, I think LG’s offensive power will be similar with or without Marey.”
After that, “The first thing is to do our job well. You need to have the upper hand on rebounds, steals, and fastballs. In particular, if Cunningham mainly plays, LG will increase the speed. You have to be careful about that,” he said.