The first and third quarters were the ones that coach Jeon Hee-cheol wanted to showcase. However, it was not the first and third quarters where SK shined, but the second and fourth quarters, and the result was a loss.
Seoul SK lost 72-74 at home to Busan KCC of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Organization on Nov. 2 at Jamsil Student Gymnasium.
After defeating the No. 1 DB at home on Nov. 24, 안전카지노사이트 SK was in the midst of a losing streak, losing to SONO and LG in consecutive games. Especially in the previous game against LG, the team suffered from a severe third-quarter slump and lost, so head coach Jeon Hee-cheol emphasized the team’s early game performance, including the third quarter before the game.
“We had a bad performance in the third quarter of the previous game, and KCC is a team that rides the atmosphere a lot. I’ve seen when they get fired up, and it’s when they make one fastball after another. Once you’re on fire, they can’t put you out (laughs). But they also allow a lot of fast breaks, so we have to take advantage of that. I think it’s going to be a fastball battle. We have to be the first to light the fire.”
Despite the coach’s emphasis, SK struggled early in the game. From the start, KCC was able to capitalize on Jeon’s concerns, scoring one fastbreak after another. Led by Choi Jun-yong, KCC already scored eight fastbreak points in the first quarter alone.
After spending the first quarter like that, SK tried to extend the players’ warm-up time at halftime in hopes of securing a third quarter. This was also the method used by Hyundai Mobis coach Cho Dong-hyun, who, like SK, was in a third-quarter slump. Before the game, Jeon revealed that he told his players the same thing because he was happy with the result.
Nevertheless, it was KCC who took control of the third quarter. They didn’t have the same explosive offense as in the first quarter, but Lee Geun-hwi and Alize Johnson made their presence felt off the bench. SK, on the other hand, was not as focused as they should have been, as their charges and under-the-basket shots repeatedly missed the rim. As a result, the gap between the two teams widened to 15 points at one point.
Despite SK’s lackluster performance in the first and third quarters, Warney’s steady scoring in the second and fourth quarters, coupled with the team’s fast breaks, made the game a seesaw affair until the very end. However, the team lost the early momentum battle that coach Jeon Hee-chul emphasized, and instead of taking the lead, the team struggled to catch up. The result was a close loss.
Coach Jeon Hee-chul, who missed the game, said after the game, “The game was so up and down. It’s important to get out of the losing streak as soon as possible,” he said.