Asem Marey (202cm, C) led the team to victory with a low score.
Changwon LG defeated Goyang Carrot 85-68 in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Pro Basketball regular league held at Changwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 17th. The gap between Ulsan Hyundai Mobis and Seoul SK (25 wins and 17 losses), 바카라사이트 which are tied for third place with 28 wins and 15 losses, was widened by 2.5 games.
LG has been working with new coach Cho Sang-hyun from the 2022-2023 season. Coach Cho Sang-hyun, who served as the head coach of the South Korean men’s national basketball team, is putting his colors on his players. He orders a ‘motion offense’ based on organized and organic movements and a ‘quick switch to attack after defense’.
In particular, the combination of Justin Gutang (188cm, F) – Kim Junil (200cm, C) – Dante Cunningham (203cm, F) contributed to LG’s recent rise. The synergy effect of the three members showed their competitive edge. The reason why LG has risen to a higher rank than expected.
However, LG’s first option is Lee Jae-do (180cm, G) – Lee Kwan-hee (191cm, G) – Asem Marey (202cm, C). I play a different style of basketball than Gutang-Kim Jun-il-Cunningham, but I have to score inside and outside. When the match is decided, three players must show their competitiveness.
Marey, in particular, is still important. Marey is a big man who specializes in defense and rebounding. He is also a resource with solid options on set offenses. LG’s struggle to the end in the 2021-2022 season was also due to Marey’s power.
Marey’s surroundings also changed positively. With Cunningham offloading Maray’s stamina, Maray can put in a lot of energy during his playing time. Although the average playing time in the 2022-2023 season (24 minutes 49 seconds) decreased by more than 6 minutes from the average playing time in the 2021-2022 season (30 minutes 54 seconds), Marey posted 15.2 points, 12.5 rebounds (4.4 offense) and 1.8 assists per game. I am recording a steal.
Also, LG takes a break for more than two weeks after the Carrot match, but Marey does not. This is because after the match, he will return to his home country for the 2023 Japan-Philippines-Indonesia Basketball World Cup African qualifiers. So he should finish well before carrot.
However, Marey was difficult from the start. This is because he was caught up in Carrot’s relentless cooperative defense and trap defense. He made his own way through a kick-out pass or post-up, but Marey’s direct power did not come out.
LG called Marey to the bench 2 minutes and 12 seconds before the end of the first quarter. Dante Cunningham (203cm, F) and Kim Jun-il (200cm, C), the backbone of the second unit, came forward. With the amount of activity and speed, he stood up to Carrot on an equal footing.
However, it was not possible to gain an advantage in the fight under the goal. LG coach Cho Sang-hyun hired Kim Jun-il and Marey at the same time. A lineup that needs to take into account the narrowing attack space and falling speed. To that extent, he highly valued fighting and defense.
LG’s operation was hit. Marey and Kim Jun-il put strong pressure on the opposing ball handler, and the pressure from the two big men induced Carrot to turn over. LG, who induced Carrot’s turnover, scored 7-0 from 31-31.
Also, Marey blocked Carrot’s rise with a defensive rebound. Two free throws were also successful with a breakthrough under the goal following clever judgment and momentary action. He did his part during the playing time. LG also finished the first half with 46-36.
Marey was matched up with Lawson again in the third quarter. He made active use of his own strength and physical condition. He didn’t score points from Lawson, but he centered himself with defensive rebounds and clever cooperative defense.
For 8 minutes and 51 seconds in the 3rd quarter, he missed both field shots (2 points: 3) and free throws (4). He easily missed an opportunity to score. However, he played a big role behind the scenes with 5 rebounds (3 offense), 2 assists and 2 steals. It contributed to LG’s 7-point advantage (62-55).
Cunningham replaced Marey. Cunningham focused on the basics, such as defensive rebounds, participation in fast attacks, and under-the-goal attacks. 8 points, 5 rebounds (attack 2) and 1 steal on 4’ only. Thanks to that, LG defeated Carrot without Marey. Marey also smiled after scoring only 4 points in 21 minutes and 59 seconds. However, it is true that he contributed to 6 consecutive home wins in various ways, such as 12 rebounds (attack 5), 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block shot.