LG is showing a stronger defense in the match.
Changwon LG won 75-72 in a match against Seoul SK in the 4th round of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 1st. 2nd place LG’s season record was 23 wins and 13 losses. They pursued leader Anyang KGC by two games.
LG won the match against SK 81-65 in the third round. It overwhelms SK in terms of activity. The approval was to tie the score of SK, the league’s leading scorer, to the 60-point range.
The part that LG coach Cho Sang-hyun emphasizes is also defense and transition. LG allowed only 75.7 points per game until the game on this day. The gap with Seoul Samsung, the second place with the least points allowed, is as much as 3.1 points.
However, LG’s turnover per game is 11.2, which is tied for second place with Samsung. At the same time, it causes 11.3 turnovers of the opponent per game. Many turnovers are offset by strong defense.
At the beginning of the game, LG failed to block SK’s offensive with Jamil Warney (200cm, C) at the fore. Except for Asem Marey (202cm, C), the sense of field goal was also not good.
In the end, at one point in the second quarter, they were pushed back by 17 points. Coach Cho Sang-hyun ordered that the more critical a crisis, the more defense is needed.
LG gave up 12 points in 3 minutes and 42 seconds in the second quarter, but then allowed only 7 points in 6 minutes and 18 seconds. And thanks to the hot fingertips of Lee Kwan-hee (190cm, G), they pursued by 7 points.
Awakened LG revealed their strengths from the 3rd quarter. It was defense. LG’s steel show began in earnest.
LG big men did not let Kim Seon-hyeong (187cm, G) break through the dribble. He caused a turnover with an aggressive steal attempt.
LG, who managed only 2 steals in the first half, recorded 8 steals in the second half. Marey, Heejae Jeong (195cm, F), and Dongseop Lim (198cm, F) collaborated on six steels. Blocked SK’s pass and breakthrough path.
LG allowed a 3-point shot to Choi Jun-yong (200cm, F) with 7 minutes and 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The score gap was pushed back to 7 points.
Steel was the driving force behind LG’s pursuit. When Lee Jae-do (180cm, G), Jeong Hee-jae, and Marey succeeded in trimming 4 times, the 7-point inferiority turned into a 2-point advantage. 스포츠토토
LG’s 4th quarter field goal success rate was sluggish at 33%. Even so, the way to defeat SK’s pursuit was a strong defense. SK committed 5 half of the total turnovers in the 4th quarter alone.
LG boasted a stronger defense in the match. It put SK’s firepower to rest. It was not a fight for second place, but a step into the competition for the lead.