Byun Jun-hyung (186cm, G) and Oh Se-geun (200cm, C) wrote the history of winning ‘Wire to Wire’ together.
Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation won 76-71 against Wonju DB in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball regular league held at Anyang Indoor Gymnasium on the 26th.
As SK won 71-66 in the match between Changwon LG and Seoul SK, which was held prior to the game, KGC Ginseng Corporation confirmed the regular league championship before playing the match against DB. KGC Ginseng Corporation recorded 37 wins and 16 losses with the victory that day, and gave off the atmosphere of winning the regular league to the fullest.
KGC Ginseng Corporation, which had poor performance in the 6th round, struggled somewhat with the height of DB, which was running 5 consecutive wins. Kang Sang-jae (200cm, F), Kim Jong-gyu (207cm, C), and Leonard Freeman (201cm, F) appeared swaying in the triple post, but the No. 1 team, KGC Ginseng Corporation, did not collapse easily. The 59-57 situation continued until the 3rd quarter, and the direction of the game was in the fog until the middle of the 4th quarter. In the second half of the 4th quarter, Omari Spellman (206cm, F) took the win with a free throw, and KGC Ginseng Corporation won the last game at home.
In particular, the driving force behind the victory on this day were Byun Jun-hyung and Oh Se-geun. Byun Jun-hyung has recently suffered a slump in the game and actively utilized his long-term skills, such as quick transitions and two-man games from the first quarter. While attacking the DB’s guard line with his own ability, many attacks derived from the front line could come out.
Oh Se-geun was also full of confidence in the marks of Kim Jong-gyu and Kang Sang-jae. It was impressive that he made good use of empty space in his post and scored under the goal, and also created a second chance while participating in a rebound.
On this day, Byun Jun-hyung scored 18 points and 4 assists, and Oh Se-geun scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to win the team and win the regular league.
As soon as the regular league championship award ceremony was over, they started the interview right away.
First, Byun Jun-hyung said, “I came to the pros and won his regular league championship for the first time. The script was written like (Oh) Se-geun hyung, but it was unfortunate that there were injuries, but I am satisfied with the win. He said, “I will continue to win the playoffs in a good mood.”
Regarding the climax of the 6th round, Byun Jun-hyeong said, “I knew (the championship competition) would end before that. He focused in round 6 and knew it would be over soon. After going to the East Asian Super League, there were parts that didn’t fit in terms of injuries and physical strength. He won, so I think it’s a good process and he will grow,” he explained.
Byun Jun-hyung said, “I was able to run first because my defense was good in terms of basketball. There were many players who were focused and scared (on the opposing team), but there was a game where we couldn’t concentrate and lost. Looking at what we did well, I think we ranked first in defense,” he said, emphasizing the team’s defense.
Regarding the burden of winning the regular league championship, Byun Jun-hyeong said, “I felt the pressure of coming up from below. There was a burden to protect it, so I tightened it. It’s good to focus and achieve it until the end,” he said, revealing the joy of overcoming the burden.
Then, regarding his desire to win the MVP award, Byun Jun-hyung said, “I should have done more, but I had a small injury and my performance was upset. Today is (Yang) Hee-jong’s retirement ceremony, and I have the mindset to win. Even if it broke, I tried to persevere and work hard. It would be nice if I could win (MVP),” he said, revealing his thoughts on the award.
Lastly, Byun Jun-hyung said about the retirement of captain Yang Hee-jong, “I also have a tearful point. Heejong was moved with his older brother. He had a retirement ceremony, and I think it was cool. I thought about how cool it would be when I retired. I congratulate Heejong-hyung on his retirement,” he concluded the interview.
Oh Se-geun, who lived with Yang Hee-jong (193cm, F) on the team for more than 10 years, also told the story of the victory and Yang Hee-jong.
Oh Se-geun said, “It feels good to win the regular league in six years. It was so hard. There was a script I wrote, but I didn’t implement it, so it came to this day. The manager, coaches, support staff, and even the players had a hard time. It seems to have been rewarded with a win. I will finish winning the regular league today and prepare for the playoffs.”
Oh Se-geun is 36 years old in Korean age, so it is also a time when there is a lot of physical burden. Oh Se-geun said, “After playing 53 games, I faced a difficult time, but I ran through the regular league and confirmed the championship, so I have to prepare for the playoffs. There is time for 15 days, but if the players manage well, they will be in good shape in the playoffs,” he said, emphasizing the importance of physical fitness management.
Regarding the driving force behind winning the regular league, Oh Se-geun said, “There is also the growth of young players, and the coach took good care of exercise and rest. He didn’t feel any pressure in that part. What he did while resting worked. Apparently, (Byeon) Junhyung, (Moon) Seonggon, and (Park) Jihoon came up on the right track. The team seems to have improved,” he said, feeling satisfaction with the management of the coaching staff and the growth of junior players. 메이저사이트
Regarding the wire-to-wire victory, Oh Se-geun said, “It’s the first time I’ve been through it for 12 years. He had good times and bad times. He fought well and gained confidence as he rode a 5-round winning streak. He wanted to achieve it because it was a good record. It is meaningful to win the combined championship, so I will work hard. (In the championship match) I hope SK will come up. I think we can play a good game. The semifinals are first, so we shouldn’t be conceited.” He aimed at the playoffs.
Lastly, Oh Se-geun is the protagonist who has been with KGC Ginseng Corporation’s V3 to the extent of forming Ginseng Shingi with Yang Hee-jong. Regarding his impressions of Yang Hee-jong’s retirement ceremony, Oh Se-geun said, “It’s the first time I’ve seen the retirement ceremony up close. I cried too. I haven’t retired yet, but seeing the retirement ceremony makes me feel that way. It takes 11 times to Anyang Stadium, and (Yang) Hee-jong will be proud of himself. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but as I watched, I thought I had to work hard step by step until the end.”