Professional basketball Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation launched a counterattack.

Ginseng Corporation, led by coach Kim Sang-sik, beat Seoul SK 81-67 in the home game of the second leg of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Championship Final (4 wins in 7 matches) held at Anyang Gymnasium on the 27th.

Ginseng Corporation, which lost to SK in the first game held two days ago, succeeded in revenge and made the series 1 win 1 loss. The probability that the team that won the second game after losing the first game in the previous championship match will win is 41.7% (5 out of 12).

On the other hand, SK, which had 9 consecutive victories at the end of the regular season, 3 consecutive victories in both the 6th and 4th round of the playoffs, and won the first leg of the championship match, put an end to its 16th straight win streak. 

Ginseng Corporation’s ‘defensive change’ The number of wins and great success 

In the first game, Ginseng Corporation, which failed to stop the SK Kim Seon-hyung-Jamil Warney combination, changed its defense. Moon Seong-gon, considered the best defender in the KBL, was assigned to Kim Seon-hyung. Also, judging that SK’s weak point was under the goal, not only Omari Spellman and Oh Se-geun, but also Byun Jun-hyung actively dug under the goal, scoring 23 points in the first quarter alone.

The game was decided in the second quarter. Ginseng Corporation, which ran away with a double-digit gap as Oh Se-geun’s 3-point shot exploded, continued its lead as all players added to the score. On the other hand, SK’s decision-making power fell as Kim Sun-hyeong was blocked.

Ginseng Corp. finished the second quarter 42-28 with Bae Byeong-jun’s 3-point shot. In the third quarter, Oh Se-geun’s under-the-goal shot and Spellman’s powerful dunk broke SK’s will to pursue. 

However, it was the defense that Ginseng Corporation put more effort into than the offense. Moon Seong-gon, Byun Jun-hyung, and Oh Se-geun blocked Kim Seon-hyung. When Ginseng Corp. even started a rough physical fight, SK coach Jeon Hee-chul strongly protested to the referee. 

When Kim Seon-hyung was sluggish, SK didn’t even listen to Warney’s scoring shot, which was launching a 2-on-2 attack. Choi Seong-won tried to liven up the atmosphere by making consecutive 3-pointers, but it was not enough.

In the end, the 14-point lead in the middle of the 4th quarter decreased the possibility of a turnaround, so SK prepared for the 3rd game by removing a large number of key players such as Kim Seon-hyung, Warney, and Choi Bu-kyung. Ginseng Corporation secured the victory by spending the remaining time comfortably against the SK bench members.

‘SK Killer’ Abando, forget the sluggishness in the first game 

Ginseng Corporation’s defensive strategy was a great success. Kim Seon-hyeong, who led SK to victory by scoring 22 points in the first game, was blocked by Moon Seong-gon’s relentless defense and scored only 10 points that day. Warney, who also scored 23 points in the first game, only scored 9 points. ㅋㅋㅋ벳

If Moon Seong-gon was the first-class contributor in defense, Ginseng Corporation’s Philippine Asia Quarter Lens Abando was outstanding in offense. 

Abando showed the worst sluggishness with only 4 points in the first game. But this day was different. He racked up 18 points in 27 minutes on the court. In addition, with his vigorous activity, he stirred the court and raised 4 rebounds and 3 steals, respectively. 

Abando, who entered the KBL stage for the first time this season, played 39 games in the regular league, averaging 9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1 steal. However, in the confrontation with SK, he flew with 20.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. 

Thanks to this performance, Abando, who received high expectations even in the championship match against SK, bowed his head due to the sluggishness in the first game, but finally showed off his ‘SK killer’ aspect in the second game and gave Ginseng Corporation victory. On this day, SK, which was completely defeated in air defense, had a heavy homework. 

Now, the two teams will move to Seoul Jamsil Student Gymnasium, the home stadium of SK, and face each other again in the third game on the 29th.

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