‘League 2’ LG’s problem, it gets smaller when it comes to Changwon￼
LG’s home win rate is the lowest in the league.
Changwon LG lost 64-73 in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball regular season match against Goyang Carrot held at Changwon Gymnasium on the 7th.
LG ranked 7th in the league last season with 24 wins and 30 losses. They failed to qualify for the playoffs, which was their goal. The final grade was 7th, but it continued to fight for the lower ranks. Accordingly, LG newly appointed director Cho Sang-hyun. Off-season coach Joe tried to put his own color on it. He also emphasized responsibility and systematic training to the players.
And the effect came quickly. Although, in the first round and the beginning of the second round, I couldn’t win in a row. But he didn’t even lose. “Pongdangpongdang” continued and hit a 50% win rate. Then, he won the 5th game of the 2nd round, and after that, he won the first consecutive win of the season. Even after that, LG’s upward trend continued. In the 3rd round, he recorded 5 wins and 3 losses and climbed to 2nd place.
It was a huge achievement compared to last season. It’s not easy to maintain the top spot after half the season. In particular, in the middle of the 3rd round, they pursued No. 1 Anyang KGC by one game. That’s how LG’s upward trend continued.
It went well, obviously, but LG had a big problem. It’s the home win rate. Although it was the second-place team in the league, the home win rate was the lowest in the league at 37%. They have only won 6 of their 16 matches. However, they managed to secure the top spot in the league by recording 10 wins and 2 losses on the road.
Coach Cho also recognized this and said in an interview before the game, “I am particularly weak at home. I do not know why. I’m really going crazy. Home games are rather burdensome. His 3-point shooting percentage is only 20%. Looks like I’ll have to move this home. (Laughter)”, expressing regret.
On this day, LG in Gyeonggi-do was not easy to solve. From the first quarter, I couldn’t control the opponent’s outside shot. I intensively marked Jeon Seong-hyeon (188cm, F), but it was not enough. Didric Lawson (202cm, F), who received Jeon Seong-hyun’s pass, scored with his own score and pass. LG allowed 6 3-point shots in the first quarter only. The offense scored evenly, but finished the first quarter at 17-28.
LG caught the mood at the beginning of the second quarter. The opponent did not concede a goal for the first 5 minutes and 54 seconds. What was disappointing was that LG only scored 6 points. At 4 minutes and 26 seconds after the end of the second quarter, Asem Marey (202cm, C) scored a free throw to chase the lead to 25-28. But after that, he couldn’t control Lawson. LG’s attack also didn’t work out 토토사이트. The score gap that had narrowed widened again. LG allowed Lee Jung-hyeon (187cm, G) to score a free throw 52 seconds before the end of the quarter, and the first half ended with a score of 30-38.
As coach Cho said, LG’s 3-point shot success rate in the first half was only 22% (2/9). This was very low compared to LG’s season average 3-point success rate of 32%. However, the feeling of shooting in the second half was worse.
They gave off the atmosphere in the third quarter, but Lee Jae-do (180cm, G) scored 7 points in a row and saved the fire of the chase. However, he failed to chase in the 4th quarter. The biggest reason is that all six 3-point shots he attempted failed. Also, in defense, he gave 15 points to Lawson and Jeon Seong-hyun. He pursued to the end, but lost the match.
On this day, LG tried 22 3-pointers and only succeeded in 2. The success rate was only 9%.
Coach Cho, who we met after the game, also expressed his regret. “I am only sorry. I don’t know how many consecutive losses I’ve lost at home, but it’s a game I have to reflect on.”
“I talk to the players about the home win rate. But I can’t call operation time every time. (Laughter) I don’t know why, but there are a lot of problems. Aside from the shooting success rate, he also lost too many offensive rebounds in the first half. I’m annoyed too. I hope the players do a lot of reflection. If you win a game, you neglect this part too much.”
Even the game was lost on this day, and LG recorded a 3-game losing streak at home. The average home win rate for the KBL this season is 47%. However, LG is recording a figure that falls far short of this. In order for LG to go higher, in order to give fans more joy, they need to improve their home win rate.