Lonjay Avarientos (24, 181cm) often enjoys Stephen Curry’s (Golden State) trademark ‘Night Night’ ceremony. Curry is one of his role models. He did not fail even when he rescued Ulsan Hyundai Mobis from a second straight defeat. He pumped up the decibels in the gym with a ‘Night Night’ ceremony.
Avarientos started in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball regular league home game against Wonju DB held at Ulsan Dongchun Gymnasium on the 5th, and scored 23 points, the most among both teams, with 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Hyundai Mobis won 80-71 by adding Gage Prim’s (19 points and 14 rebounds) control under the goal.
It was a victory won over the 82-84 come-from-behind loss to Goyang Carrot on the 4th. Avarientos also said, “It is more valuable because we won over the painful defeat we suffered yesterday. Not only did the best 5 players do well, but the players who came off the bench also accumulated good records. It was a victory made by the team as one.” 안전놀이터
He made 7 of 15 3-pointers. 7 is Avarientos’ most tied personal record. On December 27 last year, he not only recorded it in the match against KT in Suwon, but also made 7 3-point shots in the 4th round confrontation with DB.
When asked about this, Avarientos said, “There is no particular reason to be strong against DB. He created good spacing and screens so that his teammates could shoot from open chances. I made a total of 14 3-pointers in the last 2 games against DB, so I think the upcoming Valentine’s Day (14th) will also be meaningful.”
After making a 3-point shot that widened the gap to 12 points 1 minute and 18 seconds before the end of the game, Avarientos also showed off the ‘Night Night’ ceremony. Avarientos said, “The ceremony is different depending on the mood, but today was the last game of the back-to-back schedule. He did it because he wanted to go to sleep quickly.”
Philippine Asia Quarter Avarientos is a rookie who debuted this season. He is considered a strong candidate for the Rookie of the Year award because of his splendid passing and bold 3-point shooting as his main weapon. However, director Jo Dong-hyun’s opinion is that a more concise attack development is also necessary. For example, in a situation where dribbling is unnecessary, the pass should go one tempo faster.
Regarding this, Avarientos said, “I think the most important factor in basketball is to keep the ball and keep teammates alive. There were times when there was a communication problem between my style and the part the director ordered. He is aligning himself with his colleagues through video meetings,” he said.