The championship match is a battle of plus alpha (+α). It is a meeting between Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation and Seoul SK, who know each other very well. As the last gateway to the long race that went through the playoffs (PO), a team with players who make a surprise appearance other than the starting five has no choice but to have an advantage.
KGC Ginseng Corporation Byun Jun-hyung and Omari Spellman, SK Kim Seon-hyung and Jamil Warney unanimously said, “We know each other well because we’ve been together a lot” ahead of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Championship match. In fact, the two teams played the finals in the East Asian Super League (EASL) in addition to their 6 confrontations (3 wins and 3 losses) in the season. It would not be an exaggeration to say that they showed each other all the cards they had.
After all, it can be important whether six men other than the main players are active. The championship match, which is held longer than PO with a best-of-seven best-of-seven match, is also a ‘pongdang-pongdang’ schedule in which the game is repeated after a day off, so the physical strength of the main players is a necessary and sufficient condition for victory. This means that it is important to utilize Sixth Men at the right time.
SK is using Kim Seon-hyeong, Choi Seong-won, Heo Il-young, Choi Bu-kyung, and Warney as the main pillars, and Oh Jae-hyun, Choi Won-hyuk, Song Chang-yong, and Kim Hyung-bin as backups. Choi Seong-won and Oh Jae-hyun closely marked KGC Ginseng Corporation Byun Jun-hyung and led the first game victory. Song Chang-yong also scored an important three-pointer at the end of the first game. 크크크벳
KGC Ginseng Corporation has enough players to operate a double squad. It is also the driving force behind achieving the championship in the regular season’Wire to Wire’. Byun Jun-hyeong, Park Ji-hoon, Bae Byung-jun, Moon Seong-gon, Oh Se-geun, and Spellman are the main players, and Lens Abando, Jung Jun-won, Yang Hee-jong, Han Seung-hee, and Daryl Monroe are put in. Abando was strong enough to record an average of 20.4 points per game in 5 games against SK in the regular league, so he started in the first game. KGC Ginseng Corporation can expand the use of players and perform a full-court press as in the 4th PO against Goyang Carrot.
SK caught the first game with Kim Seon-hyung and Warney’s ‘Molppang Basketball’, and KGC Ginseng Corporation also competed with Oh Se-geun and Spellman. However, it is true that the longer the series is, the more advantageous it is for a team that efficiently utilizes available resources other than the starting five.