The fiercely unfolding 2022-2023 professional basketball championship match between Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation and Seoul SK (4 wins in 7 matches) is also attracting attention as a tactical confrontation between the coaches of both teams. If they are defeated by the opponent’s tactics, they come out with another tactic in the next game and counter it, continuing the tight game.
In the first game held on the 25th of last month, SK coach Jeon Hee-chul’s choice attracted interest. Coach Jeon said that he would increase the attacking weight of two aces, Kim Seon-hyeong and Jamil Warney, who had improved through the playoffs in the 6th and 4th rounds. It was a declaration of ‘molppang basketball’. As if to repay the former coach’s expectations, they showed off their god-like floater success rate and gave SK a valuable first-game victory.
Then, in the second game, KGC coach Kim Sang-sik immediately launched a counterattack. Manager Kim made a strong decision to attach Moon Seong-gon, the team’s best defender and ‘ace stopper’, to Kim Seon-hyung. Moon Seong-gon, who has a vast advantage in height and strength, harassed Kim Seon-hyung with a leech defense that blocked the breakthrough movement. As Kim Seon-hyung could not easily find a way outㅋㅋㅋ벳, and at the same time, the 2-2 game between Kim Seon-hyung and Warney did not go smoothly, the 2nd and 3rd games were won by KGC.
Coach Jeon, who complained that “there is nothing to squeeze” after the 3rd game, brought back the ‘3-2 drop zone’ defense that had been sealed for a while in the 4th game held on the 1st. The 3-2 drop zone, which brought glory to SK in the 2010s when former coach Moon Kyung-eun led the team, is a slight change from the existing 3-2 regional defense. It’s a tactic. It is a tactic that Aaron Haynes played an active part in the past, and Ahn Young-Jun and Choi Jun-Yong stepped up and had fun with the current members. However, Ahn Young-Jun is currently enlisted in the military and Choi Jun-Yong is unable to play in the playoffs due to an injury.
Coach Jeon entrusted this position to veteran Heo Il-yeong and faced KGC with a 3-2 drop zone. As part of the regional defense, the 3-2 drop zone has the disadvantage of being vulnerable to the opponent’s outside shot using a quick pass.
In fact, KGC put 14 3-point shots on the day and put pressure on SK. But SK did not back down. When the opponent’s shot failed, the three players in the front line quickly switched to attacking and easily created a scoring opportunity. When SK started defending the drop zone, which had not been used for a while, the KGC players panicked and lost their flow.
With the balance of 2 wins and 2 losses, Game 5, which will be held on the 3rd, is expected to be the biggest watershed to the championship.