“The company does the company’s work, and we just have to do our job (basketball). I told the players not to be upset even if the salary is a little late. We’ve been holding up well for a few months, so I think good things will happen.”
Head coach Kim Seung-gi of Goyang Carrot, who is negotiating the sale of the club due to financial difficulties, was asked, “Have you received your salary?” ahead of the home game against Suwon KT on the 10th, and laughed, saying, “Everything came in today.”
Carrot’s parent company, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, is experiencing financial difficulties, including going into court rehabilitation procedures. As a result, Day One Sports, which runs the club, has not been able to pay wages to the players and the front desk on time, and has not yet paid the KBL 2nd subscription fee, which pays 1.5 billion won in installments.
To make matters 안전놀이터worse amid rumors of a crisis at the club, KT, whom I met that day, was strong against carrots with a season record of 3 wins and 1 loss. Carrot had to set the mood against KT, who was chasing after 7th place to qualify for the playoffs.
Coach Kim said, “Our team was weak against a team with a good height like KT. It is difficult to win normally.”
Carrot made 12 of 34 3-pointers. The defensive rebound and the opponent’s frequent turnovers were well connected with points, winning 83-67.
Carrot, who played a seesaw game until the beginning of the second quarter, managed to solve it by putting in a 3-point shot at every important moment. When KT Ha Yoon-ki failed both free throws obtained through foul play, Carrot raised the atmosphere by Park Jin-cheol’s defensive rebound and successful dunk shot. Jonathan Alledge’s 3-point shot led to a 37-30 run, and after that, Alledge and Kim Kang-sun shot a running 3-point shot, pouring cold water on KT’s will to pursue.
In particular, Carrot’s Lee Jung-hyun made the most 4 3-pointers among both teams. In the middle of the first quarter, when they were trailing 8-11, they put in a series of three-pointers to tie the score and turn the game around. Even after the middle of the 4th quarter, Carrot overcame KT’s pursuit with Lee Jung-hyun’s 3-point shot.
After the game, Lee Jung-hyun said, “I’m happy to bring an important game in the competition for the 6th round.” The difficult part is felt only in terms of basketball.”
Manager Kim Seung-gi said, “The defense was good. He said that Park Jin-cheol and other players did well, and he had a strong desire to win.”
5th place Carrot recorded 21 wins and 19 losses, beating 6th place Jeonju KCC by 3 games.