Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation took the 3rd game, a watershed towards the integrated championship.
KGC defeated Seoul SK 81-70 in Game 3 of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Championship held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 29th. After losing the first game, winning the second game and winning the third game in a row, he took the lead with 2 wins and 1 loss.
Eight out of 12 times the team that won the third game after splitting one win and one loss in the championship match has won the championship. KGC took a 66.7% chance.
Omari Spellman (16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Lens Abando (14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks) led the come-from-behind victory with decisive defense and scoring in the second half. Daryl Monroe played an active role with 12 points and 6 rebounds while Spellman played for 52 minutes in the first half, and Park Ji-hoon also made up for the sluggish gap of Byun Jun-hyung (2 points) with 12 points and 5 assists.
After losing the second game, SK led the game with various options with Choi Bu-kyung in the third game. Choi Boo-gyeong played an active role with 23 points, but Warney (10 points, 8 rebounds) and Kim Seon-hyeong (10 points, 8 assists) were sluggish in the third game.
In the first half, SK took the lead early, but in the second half, KGC’s defense and outside shooting came to life, and the flow completely reversed.
KGC showed extreme shot hunting at the beginning of the first quarter. After Oh Se-geun’s 2-point shot 20 seconds after the start, the shot continued to misfire, and no goals were scored for 5 minutes. SK widened the score gap by grabbing a rebound whenever KGC’s shot missed. With 4 minutes and 47 seconds left, Kim Seon-hyeong intercepted the ball and fired a layup shot on the fastball, widening the score to 13-2 by double digits.
KGC pierced the way by putting Daryl Monroe in the first quarter except for the last spellman. From 7-18, Monroe’s bottom shot and 3-point shot were added, and the chase began at 12-18 with 52 seconds left. 17 seconds before the end, Oh Se-geun’s shot entered the second quarter with a 14-18, 4-point gap.
As soon as SK started, Seongwon Choi ran away with a 3-point shot, and KGC’s chase continued in the second quarter. And with 4 minutes and 41 seconds left when they were trailing 21-25, Park Ji-hoon’s 3-point shot followed with a 24-25, one-point lead. SK ran away with Leon Williams’ 2-point shot, but Park Ji-hoon succeeded in a two-point shot and scored a free throw from a foul, making the score 27-27.
However, they gave the perimeter to SK. SK ran back to 30-27 with Kim Seon-hyung’s 3-point shot and Williams’ bottom-of-the-box shot to 32-27, then Williams’ 3-point shot with 2 minutes and 12 seconds left in the game to widen the gap to 35-27. KGC finished the first half at 29-37 with 4.5 seconds left, only reducing the lead to 35-29, 6 points with Monroe’s shot under the goal.
In the first half, KGC’s field goal success rate was only 35%. In particular, he attempted 12 three-pointers and only made two.
However, in the 3rd quarter, KGC’s outside shot came to life. Abando (2) and Spellman (1) jointly made 3 decisive 3-pointers, and KGC’s field goal success rate revived to 55% in the 3rd quarter, turning the atmosphere around. Abando, who scored only 4 points in the first half, scored 10 points in the 3rd quarter only, and Spellman, who was scoreless in the first half, added in the second half and scored 16 points only in the 3rd and 4th quarters to decide the game.
As soon as it started, Lens Abando jumped and shot a 3-point shot as if riding a spring, and the pursuit began, and SK continued to run away with Warney and Choi Bu-gyeong scoring. At 40-46, Abando’s 3-point shot exploded again. After following with a 3-point lead, Spellman started to explode.
In particular, after returning to the bench at the end of the first quarter, Spellman, who rested in the second quarter, joined the team in the third quarter and put in decisive shots. Spellman made the one-point lead with a bottom-of-the-bond shot at 47-50. When SK Choi Seong-won made both free throws from a team foul, Abando shot a 2-pointer. As Warney responded with a bottom-of-the-bond shot and tried to open it up again at 54-51, Spellman shot the bottom-of-the-bond shot. When Moon Seong-gon’s 3-point shot failed, he grabbed the rebound and finished it.
When Warney’s shot was misfired in 53-54, Spellman snatched the rebound and passed it, followed by Park Ji-hoon’s pass and shot a 3-pointer. Hitting it as it was, KGC first reversed to 56-54 with 1 minute and 22 seconds left at the end of the 3rd quarter. After that, with 2 seconds left, Oh Se-geun’s under-the-goal shot turned the tide of the game 58-54 and took the mood.
The 4th quarter went over to KGC’s one-sided flow. 48 seconds after the start, Spellman fired another 3-pointer and fired a signal flare. With the addition of Oh Se-geun’s middle shot, KGC ran away with 63-54 and gained momentum.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
After that, decisive block shots came out one after another. Abando and Spellman blocked Kim Seon-hyung and Warney’s shots in turn. Afterwards, Park Ji-hoon’s two points were added to Spellman’s consecutive shots, widening the gap to 69-54, 15 points, and KGC seized the victory.
SK broke the silence with Choi Seong-yin’s 3-point shot only 5 minutes after the start of the 4th quarter. 3 minutes and 44 seconds before the end, Choi Bu-gyeong’s 3-point shot led the team to 62-71, but it could not be narrowed any further.