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Alize Johnson made a successful debut on the Korean stage.
Busan KCC Egis won 81-76 against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus in the 2023 MG Saemaeul Geumgo KBL CUP final held at Gunsan Wolmyeong Gymnasium on the 14th.
Alize Johnson led KCC to its first cup victory in the finals, scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Throughout this competition, Johnson showed off his overwhelming individual skills. His transition game and rim attack, utilizing his excellent speed and ball-handling skills, were very powerful. In this tournament, he led KCC's speed basketball.
In the semifinals against KT held on the 14th, Johnson showed a scary performance, scoring 40 points, a new record for cup competitions. Johnson, who continued to perform well in every game despite being exhausted, also performed well in the final and lifted the trophy.
After the finals, Johnson received 43 out of 71 votes in the press vote and was selected as the Cup MVP. It was a successful Korean stage debut.
Naturally, attention is focused on regular season performance.
Johnson, who played for NBA Brooklyn and was a familiar name to domestic basketball fans, has a completely different playing style from the existing big man-type foreign players.
He is active in rebounding on both offense and defense and has great speed, making him well suited to up-tempo basketball. He is evaluated as a key player who will lead KCC's transition game along with Choi Jun-yong this season.
Let's see whether Alize Johnson can continue the momentum from the cup competition and show great performance in the regular season.
Monday, November 13, 2023