“You guys are the best” Goyang Carrot’s passion goes beyond the 6th to the 4th
“When the series is over, I will tell the players that they did very well whether they win or lose. It was the best this season,”
Kim Seung-gi, head coach of Goyang Carrot, said in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Ulsan Hyundai Mobis playoff final in Ulsan on the afternoon of the 10th. Ahead of the 5th game, he showed a relaxed attitude as much as his determination.
It felt as if there was nothing more to be desired from the players who had overcome all sorts of adverse factors, such as being evaluated as underdogs before the season and the financial difficulties of the parent company, where concerns had become reality, and advanced to the postseason and reached the final gateway to the semifinals.
Manager Kim Seung-gi said, “The players worked really hard. They made fewer mistakes and went to steal (the ball) with a life-and-death defense, and I’m 200% satisfied. It’s amazing that we advanced to the playoffs as a member now, and they fought for our fans until the end. He worked so hard under the circumstances, to the point of tears.”
It is a match that has nothing to lose to the ‘underdog’ Carrot, who is in 5th place in the regular league and faces 4th place Hyundai Mobis. After losing the first and third games, he immediately succeeded in counterattacking and led the series to the final game 5. And the return of shooter Jeon Seong-hyun, who was absent due to a cochlear disorder, in Game 4 was a great boost to the team.
In the end, Carrot emerged as the best Cinderella in the postseason as well as in the regular league this year. In the 5th game in Ulsan, they won 77-71 and achieved the series ‘upset (a lower seed beats a higher seed)’ and advanced to the semifinal playoffs. 토토사이트
Now, Carrot has qualified to face regular league champion Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation in the quarterfinals playoff.
Lee Jung-hyun scored 24 points and led the team’s offense. Didric Lawson dominated the court with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Jeon Seong-hyun, who is not yet in normal condition, struggled throughout the game and saved the team with a decisive 3-point shot at the last minute.
Carrot took the lead with a 41-30 lead until the first half of the day. Choi Jin-soo and Kim Young-hyeon were injured, but the home team, Hyundai Mobis, struggled a bit in the beginning.
However, Hyundai Mobis chose the strategy of attaching a domestic big man to Lawson’s matchup, which became an opportunity for Carrot. Lawson picked up 4 offensive rebounds in the first quarter alone and scored 9 points. Carrot was able to overcome the early Yatoo hunting.
Hyundai Mobis slowed down in the second quarter. Because of the pressure, the number of mistakes increased, and even Yatoo, who was worthy of being included, turned away from the rim. On the other hand, Carrot enjoyed the effect of Jeon Seong-hyun. Although he failed to make a 3-point shot, he dispersed the opponent’s defense and raised the team atmosphere with a sensational assist.
Lee Jung-hyun came out as a 3rd quarter solver. When Hyundai Mobis pursued with 4 points in a row, he counterattacked by scoring 4 points in a row. When Seo Myung-jin made a 3-point shot, he responded with a 3-point shot, breaking the opponent’s will to pursue.
The home team finally showed its potential in the fourth quarter. As the speedy attack led by Seo Myung-jin and Lee Woo-seok revived, Hyundai Mobis succeeded in reversing 61-58 with about 6 minutes left.
However, Carrot succeeded in reversing with Choi Hyun-min’s 3-point shot and Lawson’s 5 points in a row.
When Hyundai Mobis chased again by one point, Jeon Seong-hyun came out as a solver this time. Seong-Hyun Jeon fired his first 3-pointer in the game, making the score 73-69 1 minute and 53 seconds before the end. 10 seconds before the end, Carrot’s advance to the semifinals was confirmed with a wedge shot.
“When the series is over, I will tell the players that they did very well whether they win or lose. It was the best this season,” Kim Seung-gi, head coach of Goyang Carrot, said in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Ulsan Hyundai Mobis playoff final in Ulsan on the afternoon of the 10th. Ahead…