“Basketball is a team sport…we win like this” – Park Ji-hoon, who led Jung Kwan-jang to 5 consecutive wins
Park Ji-hoon of professional basketball’s Anyang Kwanjang pointed out that Daryl Monroe and Duvan Maxwell are playing as well as Seoul Samsung’s “monster center” Kofi Coburn, despite their poor records.
Chungkwanjang defeated Samsung 81-63 in an away game of the 2023-2024 Chungkwanjang Professional Basketball League regular season at Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium in Seoul on Thursday.
Coburn, a 210-centimeter center, led the way with 32 points and 18 rebounds, but he was unable to overcome the barrier set by Park Ji-hoon (16 points), Choi Sung-won (12 points), and Lee Jong-hyun (11 points).
Jung’s foreign player Monroe was limited to seven points and three rebounds on the night. Maxwell had nine points and three rebounds.
The two combined for 16 points and six rebounds, less than half of Coburn’s total.
However, Park emphasized to the media after the game that you can’t put a price on the “behind-the-scenes work” of the two players.
“Their individual records may be down, but the contributions they make to the team are huge,” Park said. “Their defense and communication (with domestic players) are really good. I don’t think they are inferior to (Coburn) at all.”
In fact, this season, Monroe hasn’t just been focused on her individual offense, she’s also been involved in the overall game plan.
While his assists don’t count as assists because they aren’t the final pass that leads to a score, he focuses on picking up the ball at the top of the key, choosing the direction of the offense, and opening the “way” through screens for guards like Park Ji-hoon and Choi Sung-won to focus on the offense.
“In this aspect, we are a team,” Park said. As a team, we won,” Park said, adding, “I don’t really care about (the record) because we will continue to play like this as a team.”
Park pointed out that the team’s recent five-game winning streak, which moved them into sole possession of second place in the standings (7-3), has created a sense of “solidity” within the team.
“We’re all communicating together now. We’re all saying, ‘Let’s do this,'” he said, adding, “Coach (Kim Sang-sik) creates a comfortable atmosphere. Thanks to him, we communicate comfortably, and I think that’s why it’s working out so well.”
The atmosphere is also one of the reasons why the team is thriving despite the departure of big forwards Yang Hee-jong (retired), Oh Se-geun (SK), and Moon Sung-gon (KT), who have all supported the team in recent years.
“With Heejong’s departure, I thought there was a big gap in leadership, but captain Jung Jun-won and Monroe are doing a good job,” Park said, adding, “The whole team has a lot of willpower. I want to thank them all,” he added. 토토사이트