‘3rd Quarter 10P’ ‘3rd Quarter of Promise’ created by Abando

Lens Abando (25, 188cm) led KGC to a come-from-behind victory with excitement.

Anyang KGC won 81-70 in Game 3 of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Championship against Seoul SK at Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 29th. KGC, who won a precious one away game, took a 2-1 lead in the series.

Lens Abando led the win with 14 points and 7 rebounds. He showed concentration by kicking 4 offensive rebounds, and led the team to a come-from-behind victory by driving 10 points, including 2 3-pointers, especially in the 3rd quarter alone.

Abando said, “It feels good to lose the first game and win the second game in a row. But the series isn’t over yet. You have to stay focused and do well in the next game. I am grateful that (Oh) Se-geun and Omari Spellman are on our team.”

Abando, who had been sluggish with only 4 points크크크벳 in the first game, succeeded in reviving by scoring 18 points in the second game that unfolded afterwards. In the third game, he scored 14 points, proving once again that he is SK’s natural enemy.

Regarding the driving force that was able to wash away the sluggishness in the first game, Abando said, “It was a big help that the coaching staff told me to move more actively. He wanted to repay the trust of the manager and coaches,” he said.

Also, about showing a strong side against SK, “Honestly, I don’t know why I am so strong against SK. I just tried to be active, and since the opponent was the winning team last year, it seems that it worked out naturally with more concentration.”

Abando showed an uneasy appearance in the usual defensive part. Regarding this, manager Kim Sang-sik also said in an interview before the game, “It is inevitable that the Philippine basketball is so different from ours that the organized defense is weak. I am also aware of that part and try to work hard,” he said, paying attention to Abando’s defense.

After the game, Abando also said, “The coach orders a lot in terms of defense, but I am struggling a lot. Mistakes on defense have a negative impact on the team. So I try to cast a spell on myself to focus more. As a result, it seems to be getting better.”

“Compared to the beginning of the season, the understanding of team defense seems to have improved a lot. I think I have adapted to the team defense that the coach orders to some extent,” he said, revealing that he is gradually adapting to the KBL defense.

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