“Ragan is back.” That’s what head coach Chang-jin Jeon said with a smile after the game.
Busan KCC, led by head coach Jeon Chang-jin, won 91-79 against Hyundai Mobis in the 2023-2024 regular season at Dongcheon Gymnasium in Ulsan on Wednesday.
KCC was led by Yeo Jun-hyung (8 points), Ragan-ah (20 points, 12 rebounds), and Alize DeShawn Johnson (37 points, 17 rebounds) in the second through fourth quarters, respectively. KCC pulled within 39-37 late in the second quarter on a fastbreak layup by Yeo Jun-hyung. In the third quarter, Ragan scored 13 straight points to set the tone for the team. Johnson also scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
After the match, the former head coach said: “I think we did a good job of balancing the physicality. Lagana’s comeback is the biggest achievement. He made a big impact in a short time. The foreign players did a good job, and when (Heo) Ungi was caught (in the opponent’s defense), the other players did a good job. I think the defense against Lee Woo-seok was also good,” he said.
“If he gets better, the team will get better,” said Jeon, referring to Lagunia, who has struggled in his last two games. Lagana responded by recording a double-double in just 15 minutes and 39 seconds of action.
His former coach was also pleased: “He’s feeling better. In training last week, he showed more speed and elasticity, which is why I put him in the starting lineup. We need Lagana to get better, so we have a synergy. Johnson was also a little bit rested, so I think he played well in the fourth quarter,” he said.
Lee took turns on the court with Yeo Jun-hyung, who has been carrying a physical burden since the Asian Games. “I think (Yeo) did a good job in the second quarter, and 스포츠토토 although he can’t compare to (Lee) Seung-hyun, he has speed. Anyway, the player who works hard in practice is the one who plays on the court.”
“We won because Ragan and Johnson scored a lot of points, but we have three matches next week. That’s why I can’t help but think about focusing on Ungi. It’s all about fitness. I thought that if we can increase the number of players, even one, we will be fine, so I took a chance and I think the rotation worked well.”