In the first game, Kim Seon-hyung (35, SK) did everything he wanted. In this way, KGC has no chance.
Seoul SK caught No. 1 Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation 77-69 in the ‘2022-2023 season SKT Adot Pro Basketball Championship Game 1’ held at Anyang Gymnasium on the 25th. SK seized the opportunity to end the series in games 3-5 held in Jamsil, even if SK lost the second game in Anyang on the 27th.
KGC’s defeat is also the failure of Kim Seon-hyung’s defense, which is the core of SK’s offense. Kim Seon-hyeong could not be blocked, and the 2v2 game derived from Kim Seon-hyung could not be blocked. Kim Seon-hyung scored 22 points, 12 assists and 2 steals with a 67% field goal rate and 2/3 of 3-point shooting efficiency while running for 37 minutes and 9 seconds.
If you look at Kim Seon-hyung’s shot chart in the first game, you can see how powerful he was. He shot 11 of 12 2-pointers from the paint zone, with a success rate of 7/11, 63.6%. He tricked his opponent with a secret weapon called a plotter. Long 2 shot a single shot and succeeded as it was. His 3-pointers are 2/3, 66.6%. In a word, there were no weaknesses.
Kim Seon-hyung lightly took off the defense of Byun Jun-hyung, who was 8 years younger than himself. If Kim Seon-hyung gets the ball normally, SK has a lot of attack options. If it falls, it shoots a 3-point shot and if it sticks, it breaks through. There is no worry even if a big man helps defense in the paint zone. Kim Seon-hyung has a plotter that can shoot regardless of the opponent’s height. When KGC’s defensive rotation rotates, you can pass to Jamil Warney under the goal and Heo Il-young on the outside. This is why you can’t stop Kim Sun-hyung even though you know him.
Kim Seon-hyung is also a 35-year-old veteran. Coach Jeon Hee-chul mobilizes Choi Seong-won and Oh Jae-hyeon and entrusts Byun Jun-hyung with defense. Kim Seon-hyeong can relieve the burden of blocking Byun Jun-hyeong in defense and focus on the attack. On the other hand, Byun Jun-hyeong is a double burden as he has to deal with SK defender in attack and Kim Seon-hyung in defense. In the first game, Byun Jun-hyung was sluggish with a 4/13 field goal and 31%. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Kim Seon-hyeong had only two fouls in the first game. This means that KGC has not been able to target Kim Seon-hyung effectively. Kim Seon-hyeong-Warney If the one-two punch is not properly handled, KGC’s odds are zero. In the quarterfinals, LG effectively blocked Kim Seon-hyung better. Kim Seon-hyung made 6 turnovers in the first leg of the semifinals, and only scored 10 points in the second leg.
In short-term matches, quick improvisation is essential. When Kim Seon-hyeong ran away with 9 points while giving 5 assists in the third quarter, manager Kim Sang-sik could not respond properly. Lens Abando, who was very strong with 20.4 points against SK in the regular league, was sluggish with only 4 points. Coach Jeon Hee-cheol’s strategy, which came up with a customized defense in preparation for Abando, was rightly hit.
KGC in the second game needs special measures. “Defender of the Year” Moon Seong-gon should be put on Kim Seon-hyung to catch him. There is a chance of victory only when Kim Seon-hyung’s defense and physical strength are increased by mobilizing all active wing resources such as Jung Joon-won and Bae Byeong-jun. It is interesting what kind of tactical change coach Kim Sang-sik will bring in the second game.