KCC, caught in a ‘dilemma’ due to the departure of key players, red flags for competition in the semifinals
KCC fell into a quandary in the 5th round.
Jeonju KCC lost 73-86 against Suwon KT in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball regular league game held at Suwon KT Sonicboom Arena on the 12th.
On the other hand, KCC fell into a two-game losing streak and recorded 17 wins and 22 losses. The ranking also went down one notch to 7th place.
Prior to the game, KCC had a large gap in injuries to its key players. Lee Seung-hyun is recovering from an elbow injury, and Heo Ung was diagnosed with an injury in which two lateral ankle ligaments were torn, and it was a fatal blow.
To make matters worse, Ronde Hollis Jefferson (198cm, F), who caused trouble with the sabotage controversy, also left Korea.
Coach Jeon Chang-jin had a lot of worries about the team situation recently. Manager Jeon said, “(Jefferson) slowed down two games in a row. Substitutes have not been decided. I can’t possibly watch it It’s the first time I’ve seen a slowdown in the stadium while working as a manager. As a key player, I have a lot of worries. This is a great opportunity to improve the performance of other players. There are more injured players these days than before. I don’t know why, but it’s true that there are more than before. There are various reasons, such as training problems and body care,” he said.
In this game, KCC faced KT on an equal footing until the 2nd quarter despite the absence of key players. Laguna (199cm, C) did not lose out in the post fight against big man Jin such as KT’s Ha Yoon-gi (203cm, C) and Jarrod Jones (201cm, F) and steadily scored. 메이저놀이터
However, from the third quarter, KCC gave up the initiative to KT. At KT’s pressure defense, advanced resources such as Song Dong-hoon (174cm, G) and Jeffrey Epistola (180cm, G) were embarrassed, and Laguna was isolated. Lee Jong-hyun (203cm, C) went to help for Laguna, but it was not enough.
In the end, KCC, which lost its lead even in the 4th quarter, could not prevent the loss by 13 points by reducing the gap of the main players. On this day, Laguna alone recorded a double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds, but it was painful that the rest of the domestic players only scored in single digits.
KCC’s defeat on this day turned the red light on in the competition for the round of 6. As Heo Woong and Lee Seung-hyun, who were brought to free agency, fell out at the same time, there was a lack of fixers in the front and post. Although Laguna is struggling, there are limits to digesting full-time without even Jefferson. On this day, before the game, 4 people including Yoo Byung-hoon were brought in from the 2nd team and put into the game, but it took time to get a sense of the game.
In a situation where KCC is facing a crisis due to various adverse events, it is urgently needed to actively promote alternative resources.