‘Still a superteam’ struggling early in the season, KCC needs ‘harmony’ and ‘stability’

KCC is struggling early in the season.

Busan KCC lost 74-84 to Anyang Jungkwanjang in a regular season game of the 2023-2024 Jungkwanjang Professional Basketball League at Anyang Indoor Gymnasium on Nov. 19.

With the loss, KCC 카지노사이트 fell to 3-6 on the season and remained in eighth place.

KCC seemed to be turning the corner after snapping a four-game losing streak against Goyang Sono on Nov. 17. The team won 78-69 with free agent signing Choi Jun-yong (200 cm, F) returning from injury, but it was a poor performance.

Coach Jeon Chang-jin said in a pregame interview, “We lost the game because our energy was down. Our backups are weak. The backups need to step up. We can’t play with five players. We are not balanced,” and diagnosed the team’s problems.

As expected, KCC struggled in the first quarter. The team’s leading scorer, Alize Johnson, struggled against the combined defense of Jung Kwan-jang (203 cm C) and Darryl Monroe (197 cm C), and with Lee Ho-hyun (182 cm G) out of the lineup, Song Dong-hoon (174 cm G) saw the No. 1 role but struggled due to inexperience.

By the second quarter, they were outrebounded by Chung Kwan-jang to the tune of 11 second-chance points.

After regrouping, KCC made it a one-possession game at 59-61 at one point in the third quarter on back-to-back threes by Heo Woong (185 cm, G) and free throws by Chung Chang-young (193 cm, G), and pulled within 69-68 on a three by Heo Woong with 6:36 left in the fourth quarter, but that was it. Aside from Heo, the rest of the team struggled to score as they struggled with Chung Kwan-jang’s switching defense.

In the end, KCC lost the momentum late in the fourth quarter and had to taste defeat on the road. The imbalance in the frontcourt and post was evident as the team was out-rebounded (33-40) and out-assisted (16-22).

While Heo’s 23 points and six three-pointers were encouraging, the lack of scoring from players in other positions, such as Lee Seung-hyun (197 cm, F) and Jung Chang-young, will be a challenge for KCC.

KCC is expecting the return of Song Kyo-chang (199 cm, F) after his retirement from Commerce, but the timing of his return is still unknown due to a knee injury. If the current slump continues, it’s unlikely that the addition of Song Kyo-chang will make a difference to the team as a whole.

KCC was dubbed a “super team” before the season, with players like Heo Woong, Lee Seung-hyun, Choi Jun-yong, Song Gyo-chang, and Ra Jae-ah. However, the team has unexpectedly gone through a tunnel of bad luck since the beginning of the second round. It is urgent for KCC to reduce the gap between starters and non-starters and build a stable team, as the former coach said.

The time has come for KCC to overcome the pressure of being the favorite and turn things around.



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