Technical support issues
hoi Jun-yong suddenly collapsed on the court with 6 minutes and 7 seconds left in the second quarter. He hit his right groin area hard. Eventually he left the court. KCC officials said, "We will have to do a detailed examination, but we suspect an adductor injury. Choi Jun-yong said he heard a 'popping sound' when he fell. A considerable amount of time is needed for treatment. Andre Emmett has been out for more than two months due to this injury. “I rested,” he said sadly. Emmett was KCC's legendary foreign player.
However, Choi Jun-yong began to warm up normally at halftime after the first half ended. Choi Jun-yong said, “I will run for now. If he is not in good condition, I will give him a sign to replace him.”
Busan KCC won the championship. Choi Jun-yong played the game until the end despite an injury and led the team to victory.
KCC defeated Ulsan Hyundai Mobis 81 to 76 in the final of the '2023 MG Saemaeul Geumgo KBL Cup' held at Wolmyeong Gymnasium in Gunsan on the 15th. Alize Johnson scored 24 points, Heo Woong scored 15 points, and Choi Jun-yong scored 11 points. Hyundai Mobis struggled with Gage Prim scoring 20 points and Lee Woo-seok scoring 18 points.
The MVP went to Alize Johnson. It received 43 out of 71 votes from the press.
KCC is considered a strong contender for the championship this season. Choi Jun-yong was recruited in the off-season. Song Gyo-chang is discharged from the Sangmu position. The two national team players are the best wingman resources in the league. They have Lee Seung-hyun and Heo Woong, and they also recruited versatile foreign player Elise Johnson.
Hyundai Mobis caused a stir in the semifinals. They dramatically advanced to the finals by beating Seoul SK, considered the strongest team this season, by 1 point, 89 to 88. Hyundai Mobis has no superstars. There is a national team member, Lee Woo-seok, but he is not in good condition. However, the rotation is wide and all 12 players on the roster have the potential to be effective in actual play. Moreover, he is a strong dark horse this season with an active rotation and ‘animal-like’ activity.
On the other hand, KCC had problems with defense in the semifinals. The 2-on-2 defense was sloppy, and the intensity of pressure and activity was not high.
Breaking expectations in the first quarter, Hyundai Mobis took a lead of 35-15, a whopping 20 points. It was a shocking result that combined Hyundai Mobis' strengths and KCC's weaknesses.
Hyundai Mobis had 8 rebounds and 9 assists in the first quarter. The field goal success rate reached a whopping 75%. Woo-seok Lee (12 points) and Tae-wan Kim (7 points) properly targeted the weak points of KCC's defense: mid-ranger and corner.
It's KCC's counterattack time in the second quarter. ‘Gears’ were changed. Lee Ho-hyeon and Lee Geun-hwi came in. The transition began to come to life. Naturally, an outside open opportunity was created. Geun-Hwi Lee fired three 3-point shots and Jun-Yong Choi fired two 3-point shots. On the other hand, Hyundai Mobis' weaknesses emerged in the second quarter. There was a lack of a 'core' that could reliably increase scores in important situations and game-winning situations.
At the end of the second quarter, KCC's Alize Johnson scored 7 points in a row with a stormy fast break, ultimately turning the game around.
Coincidentally, the biggest strengths and weaknesses of both teams came out alternately in the first and second quarters, and a roller coaster-like performance was showcased. The score at the end of the first half was tied, 52-52.
In the third quarter, a battle of one advance and one retreat continued. A breathtaking close game with a 1-2 point difference. The decisive moment was approaching. It was a performance worthy of the finals.
In the fourth quarter, both teams focused on defense. Lee Ho-hyun scores 2 free throws. Choi Jun-yong broke through the Hyundai Mobis defense with a transition. 77-70, 2 minutes and 45 seconds remaining, the moment when victory or defeat was virtually decided.
KCC once again proved that it is the strongest team this season by winning the cup competition. Choi Jun-yong and Elise Johnson achieved passing scores with perfect harmony with their stormy transition abilities. In particular, KCC's instantaneous scoring explosiveness utilizing powerful speed is at an all-time high.
Hyundai Mobis, which had not performed well in the preliminaries, also showed solid performance as the game progressed. Gage Prim, who was one of the best foreign players last season, was still powerful, and Kebe Aluma also received a passing grade, showing his skillful game management ability, which is a weakness of Hyundai Mobis. In addition, bench members such as Kim Ji-wan, Ham Ji-hoon, and Kim Kuk-chan boasted a strong rotation range while minimizing the skill gap with the starting players.
Monday, November 13, 2023