LG coach Jo Sang-hyun “SK, the game is strong… It is urgent to adapt to the new foreigner”
Coach Cho Sang-hyun of Changwon LG, a professional basketball team, was especially wary of Seoul SK’s concentration on the winning area ahead of the semifinal playoffs.
SK overturned its inferiority by 16 points and won 77-72 in the 3rd game of the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Pro Basketball Round of 6 playoff (Best of 5) against Jeonju KCC held at Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium on the 7th.
SK, which caught all the 1st to 3rd games, advances to the playoffs in the quarterfinals and competes with LG, which went directly to second place in the regular league, to advance to the championship match from the 14th.
Coach Cho said, “Watching the playoffs in the 6th round, I felt that SK’s ability to win was really strong. Even in a difficult situation, the players were full of composure. The ability to catch up with the 15-point lead in the 2nd game and the 16-point lead in the 3rd game was impressive. “That’s why I think SK is a strong team,” he said.
At the same time, he cautioned, “The one-two punch of MVP Kim Seon-hyung and Jamil Warney was powerful.”
Kim Seon-hyeong and Warney won MVP awards for domestic and foreign players respectively in the regular league. SK’s regular league ranking was 3rd, but they are overwhelming enough to monopolize the MVP.
From SK’s point of view, there is little physical burden compared to LG, who finished the playoffs in the 6th round with 3 games and went directly to the 4th round. Rather, the fact that it maintains a sense of practice is considered advantageous over LG.토토사이트
On the other hand, LG’s big man Assem Marey, who was responsible for the dirty work in defense and rebounding, left the line due to a calf injury. It’s a fatal power leak.
Coach Cho said, “My head hurt a lot because of Marey’s departure at the end of the regular season. It was difficult to bring in a replacement player, but I don’t know how quickly I can adapt to our team’s system.”
LG brought Reggie Perry, an offensive big man with a height of 208 cm and 111 kg, as a resource to replace Marey.
After attending Mississippi State University and being selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 57th overall pick (27th in the second round) in the 2020 NBA Draft, Perry was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
He only played 36 games in two seasons in the NBA. He mainly played in the G League, a lower league in the NBA. He played in 24 games in the G League in the 2022-2023 season, averaging 20.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
His offensive range is wide enough that he throws as many as 3.3 3-pointers per game. Compared to Marey, who has strengths in rebounding and defense, it is a type that puts a little more weight on offense.
Coach Cho said, “This is the first time Perry is playing in an overseas league. It will be awkward and it will not be easy for him to adapt.” I even went and watched basketball,” he said.
He said, “Marey is a player who did 50% of our team’s defense and rebounding. Perry has a strong tendency to attack, so domestic players have to fill in the gaps (in defense).” We have to put in. There is no choice but to fall short, but we are working hard as much as possible.”
Lastly, coach Cho said, “There will be many places to compete in the playoffs in the quarterfinals. I emphasized to the players that we should play with the idea that we will enjoy it too.” You have to learn,” he said.