Acting manager Kim Joo-seong’s DB ran 3 consecutive victories.
Wonju DB won 71-65 in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball match against Daegu Korea Gas Corporation held at Wonju Sports Complex on the 26th. DB has prepared a stepping stone for the mid-level jump by running for the first three consecutive wins after acting coach Kim Joo-seong took the command tower.
Kang Sang-jae made a big success with 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals, while Lee Seon Albano and Dewan Hernandez also scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, leading the team to victory. DB, who had a season record of 15 wins and 20 losses, maintained 8th place with Suwon KT in 7th place.
DB gave a slight lead to Gas Corporation in the first quarter. Kang Sang-jae led the team’s offense with 9 points, but could not block Lee Dae-sung and Murphy Holloway’s one-two punch. DB finished the first quarter at 18-21.
Park Chan-hee hit a 3-point shot to balance the game at the start of the second quarter. Park Chan-hee took on the role of a game changer on defense, stealing the ball from Lee Dae-sung and then succeeding in a quick lay-up. Dewan Hernandez, who was brought in as a substitute in the second quarter, scored in the paint zone by exploding a fast dunk.
It was a DB that found vitality in defense as well. Kim Jong-gyu’s missed rebound and complacent box-out did not widen the lead, but Kang Sang-jae and Kim Hyeon-ho harassed the opponent with their tenacious defense. DB, who scored 7 points in the second quarter alone, headed to the locker room with a 40-33 lead.
In the third quarter, DB’s performance cooled off. DB struggled on defense, committing 4 team fouls in 3 minutes and 13 seconds. He did the same on offense. There was no scoring for 3 minutes and 40 seconds until Hernandez’s mid-range jumper exploded. 안전놀이터
Chased by one point in the middle of the third quarter, acting manager Kim Joo-seong put out the urgent fire through a timeout. After the time-out, Hernandez’s exciting dunk broke DB, and Leonard Freeman and Albano succeeded in a series of quick attacks following steals, repelling the gas corporation’s pursuit. DB took a 57-49 lead by exploding 11 points, including two steals from Freeman, in 1 minute and 48 seconds after the timeout.
DB’s concentration, which continued from the end of the 3rd quarter, also shone in the 4th quarter. DB, who started the 4th quarter with Kim Hyun-ho’s hustle play and Freeman’s putback score, blocked KOGAS’s attack with 3 points for about 6 minutes. In the attack, Kang Sang-jae, Park Chan-hee, and Kim Jong-gyu scored, and with 4 minutes and 3 seconds left, Albano succeeded in a fast-attack lay-up following a solo run, resulting in a 67-52 victory.
There was also a crisis. DB was also chased by a single-digit score difference, such as giving away 3 points in a row to Jeong Hyo-geun, who came in as a substitute. However, Leonard Freeman and Choi Seung-wook blocked the opponent’s shot, and Albano’s fast break scored following a steal to seal the game.
On the other hand, KOGAS struggled with Lee Dae-seong with 21 points, but his teammates’ support shots were insufficient.