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Changwon LG recorded a whopping 90% win rate in the second round. Assem Marey incredible destructive power under the goal is the driving force.
LG won 84-76 in the third match this season against Suwon KT of the 2023-2024 Jeong Kwan-Jang Professional Basketball League held at Changwon Gymnasium on the 9th. LG, which was slightly ahead in the first half, gained momentum at the start of the second half and shook off KT's pursuit.
LG, who stopped KT's 7-game winning streak, achieved its 14th win (5 losses) by simultaneously winning 5 games in a row and 8 games at home. LG, which maintained sole second place, successfully avenged its previous two head-to-head losses and also won its second win of the season against its former team.
It was a victory achieved through the even performance of key players. Among the LG players in the second round, the one who stood out the most was Marey. On this day, Marey also dominated the scoring with 21 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
Marey matched up with Paris Bass early in the game. He showed off his strengths to the fullest, showing off his prowess with 14 points and 8 rebounds in the first quarter alone.
Against outside player Bass, Marey focused on the inside. He dominated the post with his unique control under the goal. In the second round, LG actually played the game with only one foreign player. Sub foreign player Dante Cunningham suffered a back injury and left the line. With no promise of Cunningham's return, LG eventually had no choice but to take out the card of replacing a foreign player.
Even in situations where physical strength was extremely high, Marey quietly and steadily showed his presence. If it weren't for Marey's incredible destructive power under the goal, LG might also have had a hard time accepting the surprising record of 9 wins (1 loss) in the second round. Marey's presence in the second round was that great.
As Marey's playing time increased, coach Cho Sang-hyun started the second and fourth quarters with all domestic players to address concerns about his injury. This shows how big of a role Marey plays in the team.
Marey, whose destructive power under the goal was so outstanding that even players from other teams were amazed, achieved the record of 150 points, 150 rebounds, and 50 assists in one round for the first time in league history.
On this day, the matchup opponent, Ha Yoon-ki, was held scoreless. For this reason, both the head coach and the captain strongly supported Marey as the second-round MVP.
LG coach Cho Sang-hyun, who visited the interview room as a captain, said, “I don’t think there is a player like (Assem) Marey. As can be seen from the team's record (9 wins, 1 loss), he is the center and leading the team with his unrivaled presence. “It’s not flashy, but it was a big help in terms of defense,” he said, welcoming Marey’s performance in the second round.
Sunday, December 10, 2023