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"I'll focus on every game, not the playoffs."
The Korea Gas Corporation won 88-75 in the fourth round of the regular league against SK, the "2023-2024 Season Jeonggwanjang Professional Basketball" held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul on the 22nd.
With the victory, Korea Gas Corporation is on the verge of losing consecutive games. Although the trend of four consecutive wins was cut off by losing to Ulsan Hyundai Mobis on the 20th, it continues to maintain good performance in the second half. It chased the seventh-ranked Anyang Jeonggwanjang Red Boosters by 0.5 games.
Kang Hyuk, acting coach of Korea Gas Corporation, said, "I was determined to do it from the first quarter, and I had good concentration on defense and rebound. Andrew Nicholson solved the attack very well, and there was a slight turnover or miss in the third quarter, but thank you for concentrating very well. I think the reason for winning today's game is that I was not intimidated in the first game of this year's first SK away game."
On the other hand, SK continued to have a bad trend after the All-Star break. It started the second half of the year with a three-point defeat against Hyundai Mobis on the 18th, and it has lost again after winning against Wonju DB Promy, recording two wins and three losses in the last five games.
After the game, SK manager Jeon Hee-chul said, "Today is a complete defeat. I didn't do anything good, and neither did the players. There is nothing I did well. This kind of game can happen in the course of the season, but I feel uncomfortable because I don't have good performance when I am not a good player like this."
Korea Gas Corporation led its team win with Andrew Nicholson scoring 33 points alone. Nicholson has been playing crazy in recent games. He has been responsible for scoring more than 20 points in almost every game since late last month.
Nicholson said, "The coach's tactics are the biggest factor. My positioning and my movements, I think they're leading to the results because they're creating the most efficient tactics for me to play."
As Korea Gas Corporation continues its upward trend, the possibility of advancing to the playoffs is naturally drawing attention. He has won five of the six games held this month, reaching eighth place alone. Not only the seventh-ranked Chung Kwan-jang but also the sixth-ranked Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Peevers is also threatening.
"We need to focus on what we can do and what we can get better and better, rather than the playoffs," acting coach Kang Hyuk said. "I think the most important thing is to do our best in every game and to show our changes."
Nicholson also said, "I think it's important for us to play in the next game at the current position. In recent games, the confidence of domestic players and all players is increasing, so I think there will be good results if we focus on each game."
Tuesday, January 23, 2024