“Let’s do what we do well!”
Seoul SK coach Jeon Hee-chul’s strategy to defeat the opponent was simple and clear. “Don’t be swayed by the opponent’s style, let’s do what we’re good at.” In the situation where he suffered a 17-point come-from-behind loss against Changwon LG, which was the immediately preceding game, and lost 2 in a row, the former coach came up with a method to defeat Goyang Carrot, who is the ‘league’s strongest 3-point shooter’ and is equal with 2 wins and 2 losses this season. It seems like a normal story, but it contained the ‘core of victory’ as it was. And the SK players carried out the coach’s intentions exactly.
SK defeated Carrot with fast speed and strong inside control. The Carrot players worked hard to hit the 3-pointer, but the limit was clear. SK’s 2-point offensive was sharper as it hit and ran and dug under the goal. SK defeated Carrot 96-83 in the 5th round home game of the ‘2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball’ held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 5th. With this, SK broke away from its recent two-game losing streak and won its 21st (16th loss) season. It is still 1.5 games behind Ulsan Hyundai Mobis, who defeated Wonju DB that day. Carrot maintained 5th place (20 wins and 19 losses).
Before the game, the former coach ordered the players to regain the ‘SK style’ ahead of the tricky opponent, Carrot. He said, “Recently, our strengths have not come out. There is no fast attack, and assists are at the bottom. I asked for altruistic play,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how many three-pointers Carrot throws.
It didn’t work well in the first quarter. It was stopped by Carrot’s tremendous 3-point offensive. In the first quarter, Carrot, Cho Han-jin, Didric Lawson, Jeon Seong-hyeon, and Ahn Jung-wook made as many as six 3-pointers. In 11 attempts, the success rate reached 55%. Although SK failed to lower the opponent’s 3-point shot success rate, they still focused on good inside attacks and rebounds. Therefore, the difference in scores was not significant. Carrot took a 24-23 lead.
It wasn’t until the second quarter that Jeon’s order worked in earnest. SK demonstrated their strengths in earnest with ‘altruistic play’ based on strong inside control. He had 12 rebounds and 10 assists, overtaking Carrot (5 rebounds and 1 assist). With the fast attack tempo, Carrot’s 3-point success rate in the second quarter also dropped to 11% (9 attempts, 1 success). SK reversed the charter, leading by 17 points (33-16) in the second quarter alone. 바카라사이트
From this time, SK continued their rhythm. Although Carrot’s 3 stores exploded again in the 3rd quarter, SK also kept their lead silently and did not lag far behind. In the end, there was no big turnaround in the 4th quarter. Carrot diligently fired 3-pointers, but the rhythm that once collapsed did not come back. The former coach’s strategy worked.
On this day, Jeonju KCC escaped from a 5-game losing streak. In the home game against Changwon LG held at the Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium, Laguna, who showed explosive power in his prime with 32 points and 13 rebounds, defeated LG, who was struggling with extreme shot hunting, with a score of 87 to 64 and rose to 6th place. 3rd place Hyundai Mobis defeated DB 80-71 at home. They caught up with 2nd place LG, who lost to KCC, by one game.