‘220cm Zhang Ziyu – let’s have a fight!’ U-18 national team center Song Yunha’s fighting spirit… Over the Great Wall

South Korean national team center Song Yoon-ha (Sookmyung Girls’ High School), who is competing in the FIBA U-18 Women’s Basketball Asia Cup, said she would love to play against China’s 220-centimeter Zhang Ziyu.

“Although we are not in the same group, I was surprised to see China’s center Zhang Ziyu, who is in Group B, because she is so big,” Song Yun-ha said through the Korea Basketball Association on Sunday, adding, “I don’t know when I will get another chance like this, so I really want to beat New Zealand 스포츠토토사이트 and play against China.”

The South Korean team, led by Kang Byung-soo, went 2-1 in Group A of the tournament in Shenzhen, China, to finish second in the group and advance to the quarterfinals.

The first-place team in each group will advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the second-place team will play the third-place team from the other group in a best-of-three series to determine the fourth-place team. South Korea’s opponent will be New Zealand.

If Korea wins against New Zealand on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., they will qualify for the 2025 FIBA U-19 World Championship. The top four nations in this tournament will qualify for the World Championship.

One of the players Song mentioned as one of the most promising players in the tournament is Zhang Ziyu.

Zhang, born in 2007, exploded for 44 points – the most in a single game in tournament history – against Japan on Nov. 26 to lead China to three straight group wins.

He is averaging 33 points and 11.3 rebounds in nearly 20 minutes per game. His field goal percentage is 90.9 percent, meaning he makes 15 of 17 attempts.

His height of 220 centimeters is rare among male players. In South Korea, center Ha Seung-jin, who played in the NBA, has a similar height to Zhang Ziyu.

Song Yun-ha, the tallest Korean player (181 centimeters), will have to stop Zhang Ziyu if they play China.

“As I’ve been playing a lot in this tournament, I’m learning by facing players from other countries with different basketball styles and better strength,” Song said, adding, “I feel new about basketball itself and think more about it.”

“It’s inevitable that we lose the height advantage against taller players. However, if we coordinate our hands and feet more in terms of technique, we can play an equal game.” “I don’t think our players are behind at all. If we train and invest a little more, we can produce good results,” he vowed.



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