“(Kim) Sunhyung said, ‘Let’s think of it as 2 wins and 3 losses.’”
Seoul 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), and Jamil Warney (199cm, C) showed competitiveness in their positions.
However, the 2022-2023 season was a little different. Ahn Young-jun enlisted in the military, and Choi Jun-yong was not free from injuries from the off-season. It was a big break from SK that the two forwards who were in charge of offense, defense, and height fight were missing.
Even at the beginning of the 2022-2023 season, SK felt the gap between the two forwards. 4 wins 8 losses. It wasn’t like the defending champion. Like the 2018-2019 season, I had to worry about being eliminated from the playoffs immediately after winning.
However, SK started beating up from the middle of the season. In the second half of the season, Choi Jun-yong left and faced another crisis, but won all 6 rounds of the regular season. Won all 3 semifinal playoff games and 3 semifinal playoff games. He entered the championship match with the best atmosphere of ’15 consecutive wins’.
SK took the first game. However, I missed both the 2nd and 3rd games. This is because he could not handle the dominance of Oh Se-geun (200cm, C) and the defensive power of Moon Seong-gon (195cm, F).
However, SK regained its strength from the 4th game. SK coach Jeon Hee-cheol changed the atmosphere with an irregular lineup (a lineup that does not include Kim Seon-hyeong and Jamil Warney in the starting lineup) and a 3-2 variant regional defense. In the 5th game, KGC Ginseng Corporation was caught in a similar way.
SK Bench’s irregular operation is excellent, but it is the players who execute the operation. Seonhyung Kim and Warney led the operation as a one-two punch, and the mannequins consisting of Choi Won-hyeok (182cm, G) – Choi Seong-won (184cm, G) – Oh Jae-hyeon (185cm, G) did their part in the 4th and 5th games. .
The power of mannequins made SK’s series reversal. Choi Won-hyeok, who is called ‘Mannequin 1’, poured 8 points including 2 3 points in the 4th game. And when SK stood up for a 3-2 variant regional defense, Choi Won-hyuk confused KGC Ginseng Corporation’s ball flow on the wing. Choi Won-hyeok’s invisible defensive contribution gave SK a lot of strength. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
After training on the afternoon of the 4th, Choi Won-hyeok said, “I couldn’t go out on the court much from game 1 to game 3. He cheered from the bench. At the same time, the physical condition and condition of the players of both teams were checked. As a result, I recognized the good mood and combative movements of the players of KGC Ginseng Corporation.”
He continued, “It seems that I have been on the court a lot since the 4th game. Just like the KGC Ginseng Corporation players did, I tried to go out strong. That’s why I think I showed good performance in the 4th and 5th games.”