Changwon LG defeated Jeonju KCC 93-74 in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot professional basketball regular league held at the Changwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 22nd. On December 18, 2022, a home win streak was achieved 35 days after the match against Carrot in Goyang. And after Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation (22 wins, 10 losses), they stepped on the 20-win high for the second time. He solidified his solo 2nd place (20 wins, 12 losses).
LG finished the first quarter 17-20. The score difference was not great, but the content of the game was not very good. In particular, the defense did not work properly. He often gave his opponent easy chances.
So LG coach Jo Sang-hyun differentiated the starting lineup from the 2nd quarter members. The key was putting Dante Cunningham (203cm, F) in place of Asem Marey (202cm, C).
Cunningham is a forward type of player. He has a mid-range jumper, dexterity, and quick turnover speed, but lacks staying power. It is not easy for him to endure the post-up and fast attack of La Gun-ah (199cm, C).
But Cunningham did his job well. With proper endurance and skillful handling, he blocked Laguna’s attack under the goal. After that, he quickly penetrated into the KCC camp and made a jumper in front of the 3-point line. Successful scoring with a stable balance. 2 minutes and 55 seconds before the end of the second quarter, he also succeeded in a quick dunk. Cunningham scored 8 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block in the 2nd quarter alone. It contributed to LG’s 15-point advantage (45-30).
He also did a great job in the 3rd quarter. Like the second quarter he focused on the basics like defense and fast break. He also recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds (attack 2), 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot in 8 minutes and 43 seconds in the 3rd quarter. LG ended the third quarter with a score of 72-43. virtually guaranteed victory.
However, Cunningham retired to the bench 1 minute and 17 seconds before the end of the third quarter. His ankle was broken in a collision with a 스포츠토토 KCC player. I could walk on my own, but I couldn’t go out on the court anymore. In 18 minutes and 43 seconds of play, he finished the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds (attack 2), 2 blocked shots, 1 assist and 1 steal.
LG was shaken in the 4th quarter without Cunningham. Marey stepped in instead, but Marey didn’t play as solidly as before. The frequency of protests against referee decisions has also increased. Even though LG won a complete victory, the reason why LG coach Cho Sang-hyun was very worried.
LG coach Cho Sang-hyun said after the game, “I feel that Marey has become lazy. He continues to react sensitively to referee decisions. So he put Cunningham in quickly. (D) There was also a problem with Gun-ah’s injury, but Cunningham’s ability to block Gun-ah was also a big factor.”
Arranging playing time between Marey and Cunningham is a good thing for LG. However, because of Marey’s lack of concentration, it’s not good for Cunningham to step up a lot. LG coach Cho Sang-hyun also emphasized the importance of Maray before the game, saying, “In the end, more things should come out of Maray.”
In addition, Hyundai Mobis, which LG will face, has a solid big man named Gage Prim (205cm, C). Cunningham’s skill may not work. Combining his strength with his cleverness, Marey must show his performance.
Even if it is not Hyundai Mobis, Maray is a key option for LG. If Marey collapses, LG’s foundation could be shaken. If that happens, the diverse number of available people unique to LG will not shine. For that reason, LG coach Cho Sang-hyun strongly criticized Marey’s concentration.